Monday, March 20, 2006

Stop The Abuse!!

After reading other blogs I can honestly say my only thought is- If you've gotten to the point that you feel you need to hit your child in order to get them to behave, then you have passed the point where you needed to seek therapy. The problem is not your children but you.

With that I will leave you a list of fellow bloggers who have expressed their thoughts and feelings on the subject of Boycotting Homeschoolblogger, The Old Schoolhouse, The Pearls, and corporal punishment for children in general. Alot of good reads and things to think about...

Doc's Sunrise Rants
Evil Missy- Boycott Homeschool Blogger and TOS Magazine!
A Small Corner Of Nowhere- BOYCOTT CALL
Dante's Virgil- Repulsive Hipocrisy--BOYCOTT THESE PEOPLE
No School, Just Learning- can you boycott evil?
Kitchen Table Learners- INNOCENT CHILD DEAD -- BOYCOTT
O'Donnell Web- Do Not Link to

If you would like to help stop the practice of child abuse as an accepted form of "discipline" please visit Stop The Rod.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

We've Covered The Arts.

Last weekend we went to the local Arts and Crafts Fair here in town. My hope was that the children would be able to see and appreciate several different forms of art. Well it went so so. They hated being there but after awhile at least found things they liked.

There were a few artisians who were actually at work as you passed by and it was them that I asked to explain how they make the things they make. Several people were nice enough to oblige me. A lady showed them how she forms the bottom of her pottery and imprints herbs on the sides of them as her trademark. She also gave the little guy a lump of clay to play with.

Another lady let us watch her make baskets and explained what materials she uses and how she picks the patterns. A gentleman explained how him and his wife make handblown glass items and even told of a place that lets you watch it being done. And finally, we were able to watch a lady using oil crayons to draw a wolf picture.

The week was a pretty mellow one so nothing exciting to share. Big B went to see his gf perform in her dance recital yesterday. He got me on this one because usually I'd say "no" to stuff like this (gf/date type stuff) but it IS the only way I could ever get him to watch one or do more than just read about things soooooo, I was over the barrel this time. He reported afterwards that he really enjoyed it (and not just because she was in it). He said the first show or two was mostly for the little kids but even they were cute and fun. Big B actually remembered ALL of it and came home with a program to save. I would have loved to take the younger two kids but at $12 a ticket it adds up with four of us. :(

I had also planned on going to the first Hawkwatch at one of the libraries yesterday. I figured since Big B is studying birds that he might enjoy this as well but he didn't want to get up. They have it again next Saturday so we will try then. Honestly, I think we will all enjoy it.

Other than the TV getting broken things here have been fairly mellow on the homeschool front. That's probably because life is so busy on the medical front. lol. Everyone is doing good and around here that is rare but wonderful!

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

He's Who Among American High School Students!

We just got confirmation today that my son, Big B, is going to be in the upcoming issue of Who's Who Among High School Students due out in September.

I'm so proud of him and I think this was a huge boost to his ego at a time when he really needed it. This also comes at a very important time for us as the one year anniversary of his cancer surgery is coming up.

It will just be his biography in the book since we didn't see the sense in sending in a pic during the nomination period. So you won't get to see a picture of his handsome face but he will be there just the same. From what I've read a teacher or other leader has to nominate the students for this meaning one of his teachers thought he was an extraordinary student. That is so nice to hear and I really wish we knew which teacher nominated him so we can thank them.

The fun part? Our homeschool name will be listed in his biography so this means a homeschooling kid has made it into the book. He was nominated by a public school teacher but when we got the nomination we were homeschooling. I don't know how many other homeschoolers have been in it but I think every single one we can get is a big bonus for us.

So I'm not bragging just sharing and spreading my joy and pride.