Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Grizzly Mama's Tag

My homeschooling pal, Monica, over at Grizzly Mama tagged me with this before Christmas. I had already prepared several posts for Christmas in case I didn't have time to post (I didn't). I got tagged with something similar a while back, but this one is a bit different. Here goes....

7 Things you plan to do before you die.

1. Learn more computer stuff.
2. Have all the rooms in my house clean at the same time!
3. Meet my husband's brother that was adopted out.
4. Write a book. Probably a how-to book.
5. Build a garage.
6. Finish painting our house.
7. Teach my guys how to close the toilet seat!

7 Things you can't do.

1. Sing
2. Play an instrument.
4. Ride amusement park rides
5. Be unfaithful
6. Lie
7. Run a circular saw.

7 Things you say most.

1. Are you ready to order?
2. Thank you.
3. I know.
4. Shit.(I say this so often that our dog answers to Shithead)
5. What?
6. Hairry!
7. Deal with it!

7 Things that attract me to homeschooling.

1. Our son's self-esteem and outlook on life has improved 200% since we started homeschooling!
2. We can teach history chronologically.
3. My husband has been able to take 1/2 the load of Z's schooling.
4. We ALL enjoy the wonderful discussions that come up in Z's studies.
5. Z has learned that the world is a classroom and learning NEVER ends.
6. Z is learning to overcome his learning disabilities in unique ways.
7. I don't have to deal with the school system on a daily basis. A LOT less STRESS!!!

7 Books (or series) I love

1. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series
2. Harry Potter
3. Frenchman's Creek-Daphne du Maurier
4. James Michener
5. Robert H. Heinlein
6. John Jakes
7. The Far Pavilions

7 Movies I watch over and over.

1. Quigley Down Under
2. Big Jake
3. McLintock
4. Nat'l Lampoon's Vacation series
5. What's Up Doc
6. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
7. Leave Her to Heaven

Since it's still the Holiday Season AND I don't know any other homeschooling bloggers; I'll be kind and not tag anyone.


At 12/28/2005 8:04 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

You are so kind, tshsmom!!! Will give it a try over at my place anyway...*grin*

p.s. you'll see we have some things in common!

At 12/29/2005 12:24 AM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you so much tshsmom. I am SO sorry - however I have really enjoyed reading your answers.

Have a wonderful New Year celebration. (we like watching the ball drop on Times Square - we're soooooo boring!)

At 12/29/2005 12:58 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Haven't we seen this one before? I remember Bridg doing it in the summer or fall.

Not that I'm complaining. I see you both like The Far Pavilions. I should check that one out.

At 12/29/2005 2:00 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I really don't mind doing them, Monica. You not only learn a lot about your friends, you also learn a lot about yourself. ;)

Yeah, WC, this is the 3rd time Bridg has done it, but don't tell her that. hehe
This one did have several different categories.
I think you'd enjoy the Far Pavilions.

At 12/29/2005 5:20 PM, Anonymous ann said...

i really enjoyed reading your responses!

At 12/29/2005 5:24 PM, Blogger Vest said...

HISTORY should be considered as the most necessary component of our education along with the three 'Rs'. Learning 'Why not to' from the major mistakes of the past is paramount.

At 12/29/2005 5:36 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

TOTALLY agree Vest!!
I don't know about Oz, but over here history is ceasing to be a required subject.
How can kids understand what's happening in the world today if they don't study history?

Thanks Ann.
Ummm...onion pull-aparts? ;)

At 12/29/2005 6:10 PM, Blogger Miladysa said...

I love Frenchmans Creek!

PS - You were write about the weather, it is trying to snow :)

At 12/29/2005 6:14 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Sorry Milady. I'm always right about the WRONG things.
The only du Maurier book I couldn't get into was My Cousin Rachel.

At 12/30/2005 8:44 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

7 Things you plan to do before you die:

1. See both of my children through college and married with kids of their own.

2. Find my missing brother before my mother dies.

3. See Alaska (just like their ad campaign - "Alaska B4UDIE"

4. Find the ideal job for me, whatever that might be.

5. Sing well in front of an audience. (Horrible stage fright)

6. Build the home of my dreams.

7. Make a lasting impact on the world for the better.

7 Things you can't do.

1. Sing in front of people.
2. Play an instrument.
3. Speak a second language fluently.
4. Get over my fear of high bridges. I keep driving over them, but always on the edge of panic and feeling ill.
5. Be unfaithful
6. Be outgoing at parties.
7. Think clearly, it gets harder as the years roll on.

7 Things you say most.

1. Oh Pulllleeease!
2. Yeah, right!
3. I will not snap, I will not snap, I will not oh F$#@ It!
4. Use your turning signal you freakin' moron! :-)
5. Sorry.
6. Please and thank you.
7. Suck it up and deal with it!

7 Things that attracted me to homeschooling:

1. I could provide better learning materials,
2. A better learning environment,
3. No bullies in the classroom,
4. No teachers suffering from burnout threatening my child or me (it really did happen)
5. My child could learn more, faster,
6. I knew how her day went,
7. She got to learn subjects not taught in the elementary school and got to have a "hands-on" experience.

7 Books (or series) I love

1. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series - OH I AM SO TOTALLY WITH YOU ON THIS ONE!
2. "Meg" books from the 1970s, kinda like the Nancy Drew series.
3. Buddha's Little Handbook, not a series, but I've read it continuously for years.
4. The poetry books by Javan
5. Books by Taylor Caldwell
6. Books by Ursula LeGuin
7. Books by John Grisham

7 Movies I watch over and over.

I don't watch any over and over, except maybe "It's A Wonderful Life" at Christmas. I love that movie!

At 12/30/2005 10:46 AM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

I like the Christmas Vacation (of the National Lampoon's Vacations) the best and we watch that every Christmas season. Seeing your answers about home-schooling makes me soften a little bit on it. I'm not a proponent of it, but I admire you for doing such great work with your son. It's nice to see success. :-)

At 12/30/2005 2:30 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I didn't know you'd homeschooled VV! Cool! #3 and #4 were BIG issues with us too. The ONLY person who was on Z's side was the school nurse. I could have kissed her during our last IEP meeting. She said:"Has anybody considered how difficult it is for this child to make it through a day here?"

Notta, I wasn't a big proponent of homeschooling either. When we started, 11 months ago, it was the ONLY option left for us.
Most days L and I aren't too sure how successful we are. It's slow going with Z's disabilities. Then there are days that Z blows EVERYBODY away with his insight. THOSE are the days that make it all worthwhile!

At 12/30/2005 3:50 PM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

I think our tasks as parents are to protect our children first, then educate and help them to thrive. When the public school route doesn't work, you have to find alternatives for your child's sake. I ended up "fighting city hall" so to speak because of the abuse in my daughter's school. Many parents complained, there were many different solutions. I homeschooled until I could get her in another school, about a year, and don't get me started on the legal battles! Oy vey!

At 12/30/2005 4:16 PM, Blogger Vest said...


At 12/30/2005 4:16 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

I'm with you 100% on this one VV!! What really angers me is that the school acted like what happened in school was none of our business! They know best and that's that.
I couldn't believe how many of Z's rights to an education our school had violated. I didn't discover this until I started researching Special Ed and alternate learning styles.

At 12/30/2005 4:17 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

You too Vest!! Love ya!

At 12/30/2005 4:52 PM, Blogger Miladysa said...

Ahh, My Cousin Rachel - bit long winded :) Have your read the Brontes?

Happy New Year to You and Yours x

At 12/30/2005 4:58 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

LOVE the Brontes!
Happy New Year, Milady!

At 12/31/2005 8:17 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

When I first learned about homeschooling I wasn't much in favor of it. It seemed to me that the reason most had boiled down to the fact that they were worried that kids might learn to think for themselves. Didn't want kids to hear anything the parents didn't believe.

But I am so in awe of you and what you do for Z. The public schools really don't have a way to handle kids who aren't right in the mainstream. Both you and your husband work yet you still homeschool your son. He'll go so much farther in life because of it.

My hat's off to you and your husband. Happy New Year to you all, dear.

At 12/31/2005 11:39 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks, Squirl. I really appreciate your words of encouragement. Our local school system isn't the greatest, but in all fairness, I don't think ANY school has the one-on-one time that Z requires.
As VV said:"I think our tasks as parents are to protect our children first, then educate and help them to thrive." We're only doing what we must, so this extremely bright child gets a fair shake in life!

At 12/31/2005 11:57 PM, Blogger Vest said...

06-1-1, got to bed aprox 0300, awake at 0930. Asleep 1330-1530, we have turned down several offers to continue this new year madness, situation normal will arrive Tuesday.
All overhead fans on, 7.5 hp air/con unit going full blast on Cool. inside temp 32.4 cel or 87 fah, outside temp 42 cel or 104 fah. Fridge on max, and the beer is cool. Rig of the day; bare feet, shorts and vests of course.

At 1/01/2006 11:03 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WOW! That's miserable weather, Vest!
We're reading 21F right now. This is amazing as New Year's Eve is historically the coldest night of the year with temps between -30F to -40F! I can't complain. The warmer temps save on the heat bill. ;)

At 1/04/2006 9:50 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Z has learned that the world is a classroom and learning NEVER ends.

Very cool. I hate the public school system. I don't hate the idea, just the p.c. garbage that it has become.

As for Quigley Down Under, I need that DVD. Cool movie.

At 1/05/2006 2:15 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

They're so busy with the red tape associated with the pc, that they don't have time to teach.

We should consider inviting Tom Selleck into the compound. ;)


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