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Alas, I shouldn’t have gotten out of bed this morning…

So we were rescued after just an hour from our fridged garage domain, only to trot off to the grocery store. Whence occurred a two-year old head dive from the cart onto the concrete. Followed by “here go to the Little Clinic” – “Oh you need to go to C-town for an urgent care center” – Twenty minute drive later, “Nope, you need to go to LeBonheur due to her age”. *sigh* So headed back down past the grocery store twenty minute drive and then some on to the children’s hospital.

Four hours after the event, all is well. Just mama’s nerves are shot.

Oh to adventure!

So… the girls and I are locked in the garage. Or rather we are in the garage choosing to have the door closed to keep some warmth, while the house and car are both locked and deny us entry. They’re in fleece and we have tricycle access if need to find more warmth – but I’d have to dust them off first… the tricycles not the girls. *giggle*

But hey I have a book and a Kindle Fire. So there is that, right?

Now to wait an hour for the Enginerd to rescue us, my knight in shining armor geek in his white motorized steed…

Screwtape proposes a toast… on the common core.

by C.S. Lewis
Genres: Christian Fiction

Our Sunday School class is reading The Screwtape Letters and discussing it each Sunday. We joined the church well after they began and have missed most of the book as they discuss a different letter each week. Next week is the last one at Letter 31 and we’ve discussed that we might not make a Sunday of the last bit added to the book entitled Screwtape Proposes a Toast as it may be too political. Yet reading it, I just want to scream, SEE SEE SEE WHAT HE KNEW back in 1960!!! I just had to share a couple paragraphs… I have not read the entirety of The Screwtape Letters but have a copy, plan to read it and suggest it for others.

FYI to put the writing into perspective if you are unaware, Screwtape is an experienced devil. He is giving a graduation speech to new devils and the beginning of their demonic career before they venture out to become tempters to achieve and secure damnation of individuals of the human race.

… “In that promising land the spirit of I’m as good as you has already become something more than a generally social influence. It begins to work itself into their educational system. How far its operations there have gone at the present moment, I would not like to say with certainty. Nor does it matter. One you have grasped the tendency, you can easily predict its future developments; especially as we ourselves will play our part in the developing. The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic’. These differences between the pupils–for the are obviously and nakedly individual differences–must be disguised.  This can be done on various levels. At universities, examinations must be framed so that nearly all the students get good marks. Entrance examinations must be framed so that all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities, whether they have any power (or wish) to profit by higher education or not. At schools, the children who are too stupid or lazy to learn languages and mathematics and elementary science can be set to doing the things that children used to do in their spare time. Let them, for example, make mud-pies and call it modelling. But all the time there must be not faintest hint that they are inferior to the children who are at work. Whatever nonsense they are engaged in must have–I believe the English already use the phrase–‘parity of esteem’. An even more drastic scheme is not impossible. Children who are fit to proceed to a higher class may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma–Beelzebub, what a useful word!–by left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age-group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coaeval’s attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON THE MAT.

In a word, we may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway the teachers–or should I say, nurses?–will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men. The little vermin themselves will do it for us.

screwtapeOf course this would not follow unless all education became state education. But it will. That is part of the same movement. Penal taxes, designed for that purpose, are liquidating the Middle Class, the class who were prepared to save and spend and make sacrifices in order to have their children privately educated. The removal of this class, besides linking up with the abolition of education, is, fortunately, an inevitable effect of the spirit that says I’m as good as you. This was, after all, the social group which gave to the humans the overwhelming majority of their scientists, physicians, philosophers, theologians, poets, artists, composers, architects, jurists, and administrators. If ever there was a bunch of tall stalks that needed their tops knocked off, it was surely they.”…

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis pp. 203-205

About C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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Over the River and Through the Woods illustrated by Matt Tavares

Matt Tavares’s lavish illustrations illuminate this definitive edition of a beloved seasonal classic.

The horse is ready, the air is bracing, and everyone is bundled into the sleigh. So let the wind blow and the snow start to fall! This family is off to Grandfather’s house for a delicious feast. Matt Tavares, with his keen eye for detail, fresh and surprising perspectives, and all the warmth and coziness of a big holiday dinner, illuminates the original text of Lydia Maria Child’s verse about Thanksgiving Day, which has marked the start of the holiday season for generations of children.

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K4 Curriculum for 2013-2014

We’re just finishing up with week two of our Kindergarten (K4) year and we’re using Memoria Press Curriculum this year and so far loving every minute of it. I had plans to add in OPGTR, FLL and MM but we just haven’t needed or wanted to add anything else this year. The only adding on I’ve done is more library books or videos on the themes of the week. Otherwise, Memoria Press Curriculum planners have put it all together for me!

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Blossom School: Monday, April 22nd, 2013

[Old post, stuck in drafts. Enjoy months late.] Calendar Time The Children’s Book of Virtues, p. 38-39 “Boy Wanted” – This is neat and I think has finally cinched it that I’m going to buy a second copy of this one from the local used bookstore that I saw for my nephew. I think it would be a great gift, because we are really enjoying it. The Lion’s Storyteller Bedtime Book, p. 69-70 “The Knee-High Man” – The Berenstain Bears’ Big Book of Science and Nature, p. 98-99 Things People Do, p. 16-17 “The Farmer” Music: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad“, and later after literature time “Sing a Song of Seasons” Math: Recitation: What are two types of numbers? Odd and Even (printable packs from Homeschool Creations) Rod & Staff Inside and Outside, p. 44 Handwriting: Alphabet Book #2, p. 50-54 (playing a little catch up) Handwriting Without Tears My First. . .

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Good morning Tuesday!

In the way of personal and homeschool blogging I keep finding myself drafting posts and then because of a missing picture or one thing or the other they aren’t getting posted and that is completely ridiculous. When I first started it wasn’t all about pictures. I think I’ve gotten caught up in what people say “real mom bloggers” or “book bloggers” are and I just need to relax, otherwise this is going to be a crazy year. After all trying to stay on top of blogging and then stopping by to lurk and read on one of my normal feeds to see that blogger-x has been away from her blog yet her statistics are growing. Seriously? What’s that?! Yet at the same time, congrats – obviously I like her blog too. Hah.

So continue a post here, or start a new untarnished one? Hmmm…

Currclick “Pay What You Want” Event!

No other homeschool curriculum site has done anything like this before, but today (Friday at 10 AM CST) Currclick is having an amazing event! On Friday morning, around 10:00 a.m. CST, CurrClick will be having a “Pay What You Want” event. Through the weekend and ending on July 29th, homeschoolers can shop over 4,000 titles from top homeschool publshers and you guessed it: Pay whatever they want for the items they select. No other homeschool curriculum site has done anything like this before.

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NIV Homeschool Mom’s Bible from Janet Tatman

A full year’s worth of insightful and empowering devotions written by a homeschooler for homeschoolers, who are juggling the needs of building a home and caring for their family while striving to instill faith and values in their children-available in beautiful hot pink Italian Duo-Tone.

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Amelia Bedelia Unleashed (Chapter Book, #2)

Amelia Bedelia makes her chapter book debut! In Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, the second book in the new chapter book series, young Amelia Bedelia goes to the dogs and discovers why they are man’s (and girl’s) best friends. With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen, and it usually does. Short, fast-paced chapters, tons of friends and funny situations, and black-and-white illustrations by Lynne Avril on every page make the Amelia Bedelia chapter books an ideal choice for readers of the Ivy and Bean, Magic Tree House, and Judy Moody books.

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Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail (I Can Read!)

Amelia Bedelia and her classmates hit the trail (literally) in this Level 1 I Can Read title starring the young Amelia Bedelia. Amelia Bedelia loves nature and she loves hiking-especially when there is so much to see and discover and record in her journal. Another funny story about friendship and the irrepressible Amelia Bedelia. Just right for beginning readers!

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