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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To School Today

The homeschool classes that I teach resume today. 

As a result of the anticipated work load this first week of classes, I am turning over to Sam the management of this blog through Thursday.

This term I am scheduled to teach the following middle-school and high-school courses: World Literature, Advanced Composition, English Grammar, Spanish, Latin, and SAT Verbal Prep.  I also have a heavy schedule of private tutoring and piano lessons this term.  Good-bye, Saturdays!


  1. I owe; I owe,
    So off to work I go! ;-)

    "For each ecstatic instant we must an anguish pay ..." or something like that.

    We'll look forward to seeing you when you finally surface once again.

    Meanwhile, enjoy yourself. I know you're really in your element with this stuff, so I don't feel a bit sorry for you. Just hope this school year turns out to be more rewarding and less aggravating than the last.

    1. I owe doesn't being to cover it! We have a handicap van on order now.

  2. Imagine that, a 1-year old black infant in his stroller was killed by a gang of blacks.

    The black father was, it is believed, the intended target but — wait for it — he is refusing to speak with NYPD.

    Imagine that. Another black covering for a shooting black in a black neighborhood, because NOT speaking to NYPD trumps the life of his own blood. So lets "Get rid of Stop & Frisk" it's insulting! Indicating how little he values not only his own sperm, the results of his sperm, but the receptacle of his sperm. They believe the target was th biys father.
    Oh and by the way, did I forget to say that the boy’s 23-year-old father, Anthony Hennis, has been arrested 23 times, police sources said, mostly for drugs.
    Another bee-yotch. And kid. Nothing to see here, just another case of Skittles and Iced Tea. Move right along folks.
    his is what happens with progressive “solutions”.

  3. A time of year I always dreaded. The end of summer, and back to cracking the books. Have a great week. Your kids are very lucky.

    1. Bunkerville,
      I wouldn't say that my students consider themselves very lucky to be in my classes. Later on, they may appreciate what we do in my classes.

  4. I now miss homeschooling my son. It was worth it.

    1. Supi,
      Successful homeschooling is work for the parents. Rewarding? Yes!

  5. I hope your students appreciate how much you care about education. You, my friend, are on the frontline in our civil war between the liberals and the patriots. Go get'em!

  6. I agree with Jim. Your students are a bunch of lucky kids.

    Here's a story that I would love to tell on my blog, but the person in question is someone I work with and there is always a possibility he would see it (even though I doubt he knows I have a blog - you just never know.)

    Anyhoo - he just started his first year at North Idaho College, a two year institution. He was bemoaning how dumb he felt in math class. When asked why, he told me that even though he was able to do his multiplication drills in a minute (required), most of the kids took at least 5 minutes.

    When I asked him what he meant by multiplication drills he said, "You know, like 5 x 7." What? First year college and they're doing multiplication drills?? Didn't we do that in third or fourth grade? I asked him if it was a remedial math course and he said it was.

    This is a very nice, if somewhat naive, young man who is almost 19 years old. How in hell did he (and the rest of these kids) manage to graduate from high school with such a dismal education? Such a cruel thing to do to a person. I feel so bad for him.

    Thanks for listening...

    1. Adrienne,
      Multiplication tables studied in college? My mind reels.

    2. Mine certainly did. Good thing I didn't have to do that in college since I never mastered the times tables. Really! It's a byproduct of my ADD - sort of a number dyslexia. I manage just fine and was outstanding in algebra, but spitting out memorized numbers was just about impossible

  7. Well, I would look at it as a blessing! The more work you do the more money you earn, which translates into the more comfortable you can live and make your husband as he needs it. God will bless you always!

    1. Liz,
      The older I get, the more Herculean effort is required for me to work outside the home.

  8. Replies

      I, Rigoberta Menchu
      Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm
      Lad. a Dog by Albert Payson Terhune
      The Happy Hooker by Xaveria Hollander
      Heidi, Child of the Mountains
      Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Becher Stowe
      Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
      The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
      Mein Kampf by Adolf Heidler
      Winter Tales by Isak Dinesen
      Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
      Chairman Mao's Little Red Book [the politically-correct, virtually indecipherable transliteration approved by the current Red Chinese regime, of course],
      The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler,
      Virtually Normal by Andrew Sullivan,
      Judy Garland, a Biography by Anna Edwards
      Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
      Something of Value by Robert Ruark,
      The Prince by Machiavelli,
      Rasputin and Alexandra, a Love Story by Leon Trotsky and Beatrice Potter.
      The Beans of Egypt, Maine by Carolyn Chute,
      In Cold Blood by Truman Capote,
      The Story of O,
      Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
      Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
      Fanny Hill by John Clelland
      My Secret Life,
      The Kama Sutra,
      The 120 Days of Sodom by The Marquis de Sade
      Caligula by Gore Vidal,
      The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Ripley's Believe it or Not
      How I Killed Mary Jo by Ted Kennedy [discovered posthumously among his mother's hidden family treasures]
      Confessions of a Champion Rum Runner by Joseph P. Kennedy
      Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
      The Godfather by Mario Puzzo
      Why I Hate the USA by Leonardo Canardo

    2. We have a textbook (an anthology), and I choose selections to cover. We don't start on page 1 and proceed in order to complete the book. I am a diagnostic-and-prescriptive teacher, so I tailor selections we cover to the dynamic of the class.

      There are also assigned readings:

      1. Selected readings from Edith Hamilton’s Mythology

      2. Selected readings from Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

      3. William Shakespeare’s King Lear

      4. John Gunther’s Death Be Not Proud

      I also offer extra credit opportunities, including this and this.

      Each student also does a book report (written to the teacher and oral presentation to the class) on a work of world literature; usually one student chooses Machiavelli's The Prince.

  9. What a full teaching schedule you have and varied courses. I don't know how you do it all.

    Right Truth


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