Archive for September, 2011

So I have this friend

Or rather, my boys have this friend. He goes to public school and is smack dab in the middle of my boys as far as age and grade. First day of school his mom calls me on the phone to ask “what does it take to homeschool?” I got a little excited lol. I explained that it’s not as complicated as the state regulations make it sound, we follow our own curriculum and pretty much do our own thing. Then she asked if I could homeschool her son. According to our state laws, no I can’t. She again asked what all it involves “Does the school send you books and stuff for them to use?” Noooo. At this point, I’m thinking If I wanted them to use the books they use in school and do exactly what they do in school I’d send them to school.

So I ask what brought on this sudden need to homeschool. Turns out her son was punched in the face on the way home from school. Not at school. Not on the bus. Walking home from school. And not even by a kid that goes to his school but by a kid who goes to one of the local christian schools. Once she found out I couldn’t homeschool him for her and the school wouldn’t provide books for him to do school at home, she wasn’t interested. I gave her some advice about calling the school bus garage (because this kid rides the same bus as her son even though he doesn’t go to the same school) and contact the boy’s parents.

Fast forward to today, two weeks into the school year. She calls again asking me to homeschool her son. Apparently he got punched by yet another kid on the way home from school. How can I explain to this woman that it’s not a school issue…it’s her neighborhood! Jeesh. If a kid can’t even walk home from the bus stop without being assaulted, it’s time to  move! I understand how frustrated she is. Bullying at school was one of the reasons we started homeschooling four years ago. But she readily admits she has no complaints with the actual school. Her son’s not having issues with kids he goes to school with. This second kid he got in a fight with doesn’t go to his middle school either, but the high school.

Had to vent…oy.

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Never, ever forget

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Happy Birthday M!

Happy Birthday M!

Today is M’s 10th birthday. Not only is it his 10th birthday – double digits – it’s his Golden Birthday. You know, the day when your age is the same number as your birthdate? I had to wait until I was 31 to have mine, little bugger gets double digits and Golden Birthday rolled into one.

M is obsessed with the game Angry Birds. He asked for Angry Birds themed birthday so I did a little researching on the web. I found that my child is not the only one who is obsessed with this game. There are Angry Bird games, balloon templates, cupcakes, pinatas, etc. Which was good because the only Angry Bird party stuff we found was stickers for the gift bags.

First I made the red Angry Bird pinata:

Angry Bird Pinata

I used a 9″ helium quality balloon. The cheap ones will pop, ask me how I know….

I did three layers of newspaper then the fourth layer I used white computer paper to make it easier to paint over. Then I drew the face on with a sharpie and painted the rest with Crayola paints.

We filled the pinata through the top. It seemed easier than cutting a hole in the back and taping it up, since there was already a hole from taking out the deflated balloon. Also, since the party wasn’t going to be at my house I added a huge bag of confetti. WHAT a mess that made 🙂

M also wanted Angry Bird cupcakes. Cupcakes rather than whole cakes are big in our family this year. Every birthday party we’ve gone to this summer has had cupcakes. I copied this tutorial. M had to help too…

 

It was a successful Angry Birds birthday!

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Field trip #2

One of the big reasons why we don’t start school the same day as public school (besides the fact that we don’t have to) is that we always go out of town the second Friday of September. It doesn’t make much sense to get things started for a day or two then have a “field trip”. We’ll start in earnest on Sept 12th. It works for us.

Watkins Glen, 2011

We had a great time in Watkins Glen, NY. Saw lots of old cars, went up in the gorge a little bit. The kids were disappointed that the trail was closed off. We did get to see a couple of cool waterfalls.

It doesn’t hurt that this is where some of the Iroquois lived and we’ll be studying them this month.

Hector Falls

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First day of school

Field Trip #1

For public school it is, anyway. Not here though. This week we have two field trips instead. To we went to the local cider mill and picked out fresh apples, cider, and warm apple cider donuts. We also got to check out the apple press and the small water fall behind the mill. Thanks to all the rain this summer, the falls were really moving.

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