Sunday, October 21, 2007

Death, Violence, Destruction

Haven't wanted to post this week...too heartwrenching. Dog, see below, became angry (I guess) with DH and myself because we were upstairs and he wasn't. He proceeded to dig Mother Earth and Storyteller out of my story basket and eat them, along with flowers and caterpillars that the girls had made.

I admit it: I cried. The girls had a look at the remains and we told a story of the behemoth rampaging through storyville, hunting down ME and Storyteller and devouring them. Maybe a bit much, but it made me laugh.

I have since made a new Mother Earth. Funnily enough, she is more anatomically perfect - taller, head's the right size, etc - but I don't like her as much because I really identified with the short, chubby Mother Earth. Also, I couldn't give up the red hair, but I refused to give her the same beautiful bun, so new ME has a thick, long braid.

Can't bear to remake Storyteller just yet. Instead, I have started a mermaid. hmmm.

On to better things.... The past two weeks have been the beginning of our lesson pattern, or rather, what will develop into our lesson pattern. In the first week, my only goal was to get the girls to happily sit for the Story. This week, we've incorporated an opening verse, one song in English and one song in French, followed by the Story. For the upcoming week, I hope to expand to include a fingerplay and a closing verse.

Also, I think we have discovered a schedule that works: we have now designated Mondays as Getting-Ready-for-the-Week Day, to include house cleaning, errand running, and visiting the office, if necessary. Then we have lessons from Tuesday thru Friday. For some reason, Monday to Thursday just wasn't workin' for us.

I have now confirmed that I am a curriculum junkie, but I am sure it's because I've only just started and, Libra that I am, I want to make sure that my choices are fully researched. So far, I have purchased Christopherus (that's our main curric), Seasons of Joy (as a seasonal supplement because it was only $15), A Little Flower Garden (same thing, ebook = $30, might as well check it out) and today, I ordered Path of Discovery Grade One (Donna of Christopherus highly recommends this, so I tho't I'd check it out).

Ultimately, I believe this is all part of my addiction to books. Which is a problem in a country that taxes books.... I miss Barnes and Noble. In the past seven days, my family and I have purchased 16 books, including two HS resources. I'm sure we are the only people who go to New Zealand's largest mall and leave with only books. What kind of country makes plastic toys cheap and books expensive...yeah, let's not let those folks get ed'cated! (I'll stop now before I take that leap onto my soap box, but wouldn't you think that it is better for a population --especially one with extremely high rates of teen pregnancy and suicide-- that the government make books affordable. AAAARGH.)

Now I say goodbye, so that I may have a look at my favourite blogs.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Exodus To Canada (from The Manitoba Herald)

The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The actions of President Bush are prompting the exodus among left-leaning citizens who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray, and agree with Bill O'Reilly.

Canadian border farmers say it's not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, animal-rights activists and Unitarians crossing their fields at night.

"I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn," said Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. The producer was cold, exhausted and hungry. He asked me if I could spare a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn't have any, he left. Didn't even get a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?"

In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. So he tried installing speakers that blare Rush Limbaugh across the fields. "Not real effective," he said. "The liberals still got through, and Rush annoyed the cows so much they wouldn't give any milk."

Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals near the Canadian border, pack them into Volvo station wagons, drive them across the border and leave them to fend for themselves."

A lot of these people are not prepared for rugged conditions," an Ontario border patrolman said. "I found one carload without a drop of drinking water. They did have a nice little Napa Valley cabernet, though."

When liberals are caught, they're sent back across the border, often wailing loudly that they fear retribution from conservatives. Rumors have been circulating about the Bush administration establishing re-education camps in which liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer and watch NASCAR races.

In recent days, liberals have turned to sometimes-ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have taken to posing as senior citizens on bus trips to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans disguised in powdered wigs, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior-citizen passengers on Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney hits to prove they were alive in the '50s.

"If they can't identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we get suspicious about their age," an official said.

Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage and renting all the good Susan Sarandon movies.

"I feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can't support them," an Ottawa resident said. "How many art-history majors does one country need?"

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Wish me luck

Tomorrow is the start of Term Three. We've just finished public school holidays. I am totally prepared! I have our week planned out--which, of course, means that everything will go awry, so to that end, I ask for much luck and good wishes for the next five days. My goal is to get us into a schoolwork routine that works for everyone!

Happy Homeschooling!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Photo frenzy

Ok, my youngest daughter, 4yo, has the best camera in the house, thanks to her Grandmother. I scooped it up as she slept tonite and here's the result of my crime:

This is our StoryTeller (see the book on her back). For all of you super crafty types, this is only my second needle felted person, so the very fact that it is embellished is noteworthy in my house. She is a response to my former post, about story time. I have first decided that I will embrace books, as both girls will sit forever if I am reading from a book; HOWEVER, I have created my own book, in which I have handwritten our story for the week ( I tho't this a reasonable compromise). Second line of defense is dear StoryTeller, who needs quiet so that she can understand as we read in English, for she speaks gnomish.

Dear Mother Earth, needle-felting #1. I saw the loveliest idea online of changing her scarf to match the seasons...yellow as we enter Spring. (At this point, I would also like to comment on the beautiful playsilks I purchased from A Toy Garden, at only $4.90 per silk for a set of 20 silks. So luxurious I want to keep 'em for myself! Thanks, Mom. You bought those!)

Next, I just wanted to post my creatures. The dog is a Labradoodle, here in all his wooly glory. The cat is a Maine Coone and is so big that he can put his paws on my counter when I am making dinner. Oh, and he loves water. One day, I'll get my Abby to come out from under the bed, so I can take her photo, too.

Finally, Littlie: she is primarily known as the Mud Queen, but on this particular day, she decided to be a Dirt Angel.

And to appease the Libra in me, let me exhibit Biggie, as well. Yep, she's been a stunner from birth.