Monday, May 31, 2010

The uniform may change but not the mission...please remember them!

Remembering this Memorial Day all who have worn the uniform of the United States of America and thanking them for their sacrifices. May the heavens smile upon you and may we always remember to honor those who gave their "last full measure of devotion" to keep up free.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

DOs and DON'Ts for a successful homeschool experience #6

The following DOs and DON'Ts for a successful homeschool experience are being presented in a series to allow for digestion and discussion. After homeschooling/unschooling my own children for over 22 years I've discovered what worked and what didn't work for us was universal. Feel free to add your comments and concerns or ask questions.

#6 DO cut out distractions. A distraction can be anything from housework to obnoxious school officials and relatives. A distraction can also be anything that sucks the life out of you to the point where you have no time or energy left for your young children. Ever hear the expression: don't sweat the small stuff? You need to let it go and concentrate on what is important in your life. Prioritizing will help. If the opportunity for a field trip to your local art gallery arises what would you rather do? Take your homeschooler to see some paintings or do laundry? I guarantee you the laundry will still be there when you get home. Do you have someone in your circle who constantly berates your decision to homeschool and thinks your child won't develop the skills necessary to live a great life? Cut that person out of your life because chances are they are not going to be convinced otherwise and no amount of educating them will change their attitude. Going overboard on lessons, sports, field trips and participation in events can wear you, your family vehicle and your bank account down. Most children are happy with just a few outside interests. Many times in our homeschooling journey our children were quite content to stay home (where they had plenty to do) and enjoy their down time. When they were ready to hit the road for some excitement or a change of scenery we all enjoyed and appreciated it far more than had we filled each and every waking hour with busy work or distractions.

#6 DON'T homeschool the children of other people. Make those parents stand on their own two feet. Over the years I've had several parents ask if I would homeschool their children. This never made sense to me. Why have children if you don't intend to raise them? That includes educating them! Parents who homeschool their children will experience the most amazing journey of their life. Not only will their children learn in relative freedom away from a failed bureaucracy (public schooling) but parents will gain knowledge they never thought possible. Children have so much to teach us and their lessons in patience, bravery, love, creativity and fairness go far beyond what any instructor in a baron institution could possibly dole out. As a homeschooling parent you'll be less likely to miss those infinite moments of gained knowledge that only come with the closeness you'll share with your own child in a more natural, loving and normal environment at home. You may even finally learn the 3 R's that have eluded you these many years after your own public school experience.

Friday, May 14, 2010 - Obama Administration Makes Emergency Funding Request for Teachers - Obama Administration Makes Emergency Funding Request for Teachers

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So, when do homeschooling moms and dads get bailed out? They're teachers too! Oh, wait. They don't belong to any teacher's union. Silly me!

Independent gubernatorial candidate finally gets his say: Times Argus Online

Independent gubernatorial candidate finally gets his say: Times Argus Online

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It took a bogus arrest and court appearance for Dennis to have his voice heard over the puppet campaigns of both Democrat and Republican gubernatorial candidates here in Vermont.

Note that Dennis is wearing a flannel shirt which is a normal part of his wardrobe. The only time you see our present governor or lieutenant governor wearing flannel shirts is when they run for office and want to 'dress down' in order to make people think they're regular Vermonters. In my estimation our present puppet governor and tailcoat lieutenant governor are as useful at tits on a bull! If integrity was a thunder mug our governor and lieutenant governor wouldn't have a pot to piss in!

Kudos to Dennis Steele and our Dork Award to our present governor and lieutenant governor!

Friday, May 7, 2010 - Tensions High at California High School Following Flag Flap - Tensions High at California High School Following Flag Flap

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"Police have been told to be on alert for gang-related retaliation against the boys, according to Ken Jones, whose stepson, Daniel Galli, was one of the students who refused to turn their T-shirts inside-out when asked by a vice principal on Wednesday."

Only in America! Are you the least bit curious why this we vs. them attitude keeps happening here in this country? Watch this video and you may have a better understanding. This is all being done on purpose to break down our society and the children are being used to accomplish this mission.

Have we finally arrived at a point where the American flag has been banned from public? Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez needs to be fired. He certainly has earned our Dork Award for his outrageous actions and his doofus decision to ban the American flag in his school even for just a day! - California Students Sent Home for Wearing U.S. Flags on Cinco de Mayo - California Students Sent Home for Wearing U.S. Flags on Cinco de Mayo

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"Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas -- garments the school officials deemed "incendiary" on Cinco de Mayo."

What?! Incendiary???? I thought we were ALL Americans. See, this is what happens when political correctness is allowed to run amok. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (a holiday in Mexico's history) here in the United States if you want to but don't forget you're still on American turf and the flag of this country is red, white and blue! How dare you tell an American citizen he or she can't wear or display Old Glory!

"Galli told NBC Bay Area, "They said we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it's supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it."

Sensitive? Are these Mexican-American students that fragile that they'd be offended by our national flag? Time for these weenie children to cowboy up and be given a lesson in American history with a strong emphasis on our Bill of Rights!

"Freshman Laura Ponce, who had a Mexican flag painted on her face and chest, told the Morgan Hill Times that Cinco de Mayo is the "only day" Mexican-American students can show their national pride."

National pride? Only day? Does this child know what country she is living in? It's America honey and the national flag is red, white and blue! The American flag does NOT take a back seat to ANY flag in this country, not even for a day! It's not difficult to understand why homeschooling is on the rise when you read about this sort of indoctrinating going on in our public school system.

There needs to be some serious house cleaning among the administrative staff at this high school. Can you spell D-o-r-k A-w-a-r-d? Someone needs to be fired for the doofus decision to ban our flag and for sending those 5 students home. If you were born here in America or are here legally then don't ever forget what flag flies high above all others. If you have a problem with that then move to Mexico where many of us quite frankly don't care what or how you celebrate down under.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fall of the Republic HQ full length version

Hmmmmmmmmmm. It's not even about whether you have Democrat views or Republican views anymore because there is no difference between the two parties. It's about saving and preserving our republic to maintain our freedom! Watch and listen!

Gerald Celente on Russia Today 05 Feb 2010

"The crash of 2010 as we predicted has begun!" Gerald Celente

Celente is Director of Trends Research Institute. Many of his predictions about trends have eerily come true and continue to come true. Why? Because he bases his predictions on facts. In this clip Celente tells us we are presently in debt to the tune of $40,000 per citizen. He tells us that when times are tough government leaders take the nation to war to get the minds of the people off those problems. Anything Celente has to say these days is well worth a listen and his speeches and interviews should be included in your civic, financial, social studies and history lessons.

Gerald Celente on The Alex Jones 05 Mar 2010

"Princeton, Harvard, Yale...Bullets, Bombs and Banks! They're robbing us blind and sending us to our deaths!" Gerald Celente

Are you aware? Are you teaching current events to your homeschooler? Here's an interesting take on civics, history and current events. Is this the reason homeschoolers are such a threat to public schooling and why government officials continue to crack down on homeschoolers? Hmmmmm.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

DOs and DON'Ts for a successful homeschool experience #5

The following DOs and DON'Ts for a successful homeschool experience are being presented in a series to allow for digestion and discussion. After homeschooling/unschooling my own children for over 22 years I've discovered what worked and what didn't work for us was universal. Feel free to add your comments and concerns or ask questions.

#5 DO can the canned curriculum. You'll be wasting hundreds of your hard earned dollars on those prepackaged school programs when you can just as easily create your own homeschooling program using items you can find at your local department store, art store or business supply store. You can also find good used and inexpensive books, CD's, videos, educational toys and materials at thrift shops, tag sales, online and at flea markets. Many times these cheaper materials are in mint or near mint condition. Most canned curricula are geared toward the masses. By building your own curriculum you can create a custom fit for the individual child. We simply set a few goals for our two children. Those goals were reading (either to the child or by the child); each child was required to learn about our constitution and constitutional law; each child was required to own and operate their own business by the age of 16. That was pretty much it for goals. Everything else fell into place as each child grew.

#5 DON'T be concerned whether or not you're homeschooling properly. Regardless of my opinion, experience and advice or the opinions, experience and advice of others, there really is no right or wrong way to homeschool. Homeschooling is all about freedom...the freedom to experiment and make adjustments as you go. The freedom to make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and then correct those mistakes. Homeschooling is also a discovery process. We discovered our children were the best teachers. By following their lead we were able to plan better and adjust faster for a more harmonious homeschool experience. We provided lots of opportunities for our children to learn from and kept a ready supply of resources on hand. We took our children everywhere we went and let them participate in life as it unfolded. Like most homeschooling newbies we made the mistake of trying to school at home. We eventually evolved into unschoolers after years of experimenting, trying new ideas and discarding what didn't work. We discovered homeschooling was the easy part. Most of our difficulties were the result of school officials harassing us, family members doubting us and a schooled public that couldn't comprehend what we were doing.