My Teenagers – You want to go out?

My teenagers …

You WANT to go out?

This is the information your mother and father require before you get permission to go.



When are you hoping to go out

Where do you want to go

Who else is going

How are you getting there

What is their cell phone / contact number

What are you going to do there

How are you getting home

When coming back

(M+D will gladly pick you up at 9.30 pm)

Have you got the OK from M+D BEFORE final plans are made?

Consequence if your word is not kept:


National Association of School Lunches Takes Aim at Those Who Dare to Eat at Home

by Valorie Delp

The National Association of School Lunches today, in a bold public statement, expressed their concern over untrained mothers serving lunch to their children. Says one source, “The problem is wide spread. We have mothers, who are untrained in how to serve lunches, feeding their children, in their homes. Something simply has to be done.”

The National Association of School Lunches warns parents of the possible ramifications of feeding their children at home: Children will be deprived of the social experience of eating in the cafeteria. Some important social rites of passage, such as food fights, will be completely skipped.

Students who eat at home may not get to learn how others students in other parts of the world eat. Exposure to chopsticks or eating on the floor will be completely diminished.

Students who eat at home may not get the full range of foods that are available only through the school cafeteria.

There is no quantifiable way to measure the nutritional standard of the food being served. Surely parents need to be told what foods their children must eat. Lunch eating is serious–moms could never figure this out on their own.

But the biggest argument put forth by the National Association of School Lunches is that mothers are untrained in serving lunches. They strongly feel that in order to serve school lunches, one must have taken important courses and be certified in things like serving techniques, placing the food properly on the tray, anti food-fight tactical manoeuvres and how to dollop mush. Although mothers serve their children lunches every day from birth until that child enters school, once the child is school-aged, the parent must be trained or their lack of training could be a detriment. Previous experience counts for nothing in the hard core, fast paced world of school lunch serving.

Another key concern are health and safety standards that are required by law in school cafeterias. Although I cannot explain how the phenomenon might occur, apparently home is clean enough for breakfast and dinner but during the lunch hour, homes everywhere must be attacked by germs and bacteria thus necessitating state produced standards for cleanliness for the lunch hour.

Finally, school lunch personnel everywhere are concerned about accountability. Should children have to prove that they’re getting adequate nutrition or perhaps should mothers have to submit meal plans for the year to be approved by the state department of school lunches to check and make sure that the food that’s going to be served meets nutritional standards.

Come back later as I have a feeling that there might be more from the National Association of School Lunches.

Apologia Biology – 2ed

353px-Monarch_Butterfly_Cocoon_6708This should get me going for Apologia Biology 2013.
These resources I found when planning for next year. (NZ school year is Feb-early Dec] – password on page 5 of book

Apologia “exploring Creation With Biology” 2nd Edition – Lapbook Journal

.. * * – write for password


Reviews : – animations of bacteria etc



Module 1 –

Module 1:  The Study of Life – AJ

Videos, etc. for M1 – videos included

Module 1 – Biology: The Study of Life – Q – lab reports


Module 2 – 

Module 2:  Kingoom Monera – AJ – simple/clear video (Tammy Moore)

Videos, etc. for M2

Module 2 – Kingdom Monera – Q


Module 3

Module 3:  Kingdom Protista – AJ – algae (Tammy Moore)

Videos, etc. for M3, Part A – subkingdom Protozoa
Videos, etc. for M3, Part B – subkingdom Algae

Module 3 – Kingdom Protista – Q


Module 4

Kingdom Fungi – AJ

Videos, etc. for M4, Part A (introduction)
Videos, etc. for M4, Part B – 3 of the 6 Phyla in kingdom Fungi
Videos, etc. for M4, Part C – the last 3 of the 6 Phyla in kingdom Fungi

Module 4 – Kingdom Fungi – Q


Module 5

The Chemistry of Life – AJ

Videos, etc. for M5, Part A
Videos, etc. for M5, Part B

Module 5 – The Chemistry of Life = Q


Module 6

Module 6 – The Cell

Videos, etc. for M6

Module 6 – The Cell


Module 7

Videos, etc. for M7

Module 7 – Cellular Reproduction and DNA


Module 8 – Mendelian Genetics

Videos, etc. for M8

Module 8 – Mendelian Genetics


Module 9 – Evolution

Videos, etc. for M9

Module 9 – Evolution:  Part Scientific Theory, Part Unconfirmed Hypothesis


Module 10

Module 10 – Ecology

Videos, etc, for M10

Module 10 – Ecology

The Famous Frog Cakes


Module 11– Invertebrates

Videos, etc, for M11

Module 11 – The Invertebrates of Kingdom Animalia


Module 12

Module 12 – Phylum Arthropoda

Videos, etc, for M12

Module 12 – Phylum Arthropoda


Module 13

Module 13 – Phylum Chordata

Videos, etc, for M13

Module 13 – Phylum Chordata


Module 14

Module 14 – Kingdom Plantae – videos included

Module 14 – Kingdom Plantae:  Anatomy and Classification


Module 15

Module 15 – Kingdom Plantae

Videos, etc. for M15– videos included

Module 15 – Kingdom Plantae: Physiology and Reproduction


Module 16

Module 16 – Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals

Videos, etc. for M16

Module 16 – Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals


biology slides:
§  Ascaris mitosis, section

§  Allium (onion) root tip, l.s.

§  Amoeba proteus, w.m.

§  Diatoms (marine). w.m.

§  Euglena, w.m.

§  Ficus (dicot) leaf with vein, c.s.

§  Grantia (sponge) spicules, w.m.

§  Hydra (budding), w.m.

§  Paramecium, w.m.

§  Planaria (injected), w.m.

§  Ranunculus (dicot) stem, c.s.

§  Ranunculus (dicot) root, c.s.

§  Spirogyra, w.m.

§  Volvox, w.m.

§  Zea Mays (monocot) stem, c.s.

§  Zea Mays (monocot) root, c.s.

W.m. = whole mount
C.s. = cross section
Sec. = section

Non-Apologia material – biology classification (google images)

Almost …


Source: via Aaron on Pinterest

A bit of a homeschooling joke.


URGENT : spelling/grammar lesson

Here’s your spelling lesson for today.

All bloggers & writers, please note :

  • Plurals do not need apostrophes.
  • Apostrophes are usually used when a letter is missing.
    eg. you’re = you are.   ‘You’re welcome to come to the party’.
    Not to be confused with ‘your’ = belonging to you, eg. your hat.
    It’s = it is. Its = belonging to it.
  • definitely – distinctly, precisely, clearly.
    There is definitely no ‘a’ in ‘definitely’!
    Please don’t confuse with ‘defiantly’ = aggressively hostile.
  • voilà = French for ‘here’. Opposite of ‘voici’.
    Not to be confused with ‘viola’ = a larger-than-violin musical instrument, or a small violet flower.

‘Tis enough for now. I’m sure there’s many more creatively spelled words that are rampant online.

HS: Avoid Homeschool Burn-Out

Watch out for the notorious third term

– had winter (over it!), flus and coughs, cabin fever, getting tired,
maybe even need to re-evaluate what’s happening in the family.
Recognise the symptoms of depression (get help).
Be easy on yourself.


** Ring up a different homeschool mum/family in your district each week (or day?).
Invite them over or to a park – or invite yourselves over to their place
– take some munchies or the older kids can bake afternoon tea!
It’s important to stay face-to-face connected with each other.
Texts/emails are just not the same.

** Dance to music of all kinds.
Sketch using all sorts of media and styles.
Walk/run around a different street or park in your area each week/month.

** And repeat after me: I am a woman/parent first and foremost.
I don’t need to do ‘school at home’ in order for my children to be lovers of learning and discovery.

And I don’t need to do this alone. ♥

F: A Family Economy instead of Allowance Money

We were talking about pocket money on a homeschooling list. I wrote out what we did/do:

Throughout the week, when the children (age about 4-11 yo) did ‘above and beyond the call of duty!’, they got given a reward ring (from a large peanut butter jar – not to be twisted, kept round, and kept safe – they were responsible for it – gave them a clip to keep them on in their special drawer.) NOT for dishes, setting table, helping with laundry, nor making beds – these were the everyday things they did.

~ I had a notebook for each child that I stuck a sticker in with a citation “for being a wonderful hostess for our guests”, “for sticking at maths and getting to the end”, “for being compassionate to younger brother” – valuing positive virtues and behaviours. (They find these books periodically and still sit to read them at 12+14 yo!)

~ Saturday morning was banking/trading day. Count up of rings, a time of encouragement, read out the citations in front of the whole family (and choosing their favourite citation), and I would bag items from the bottom gift drawer they could choose blind (could only poke bag with index finger – this was a funny part of the process) and 5 rings would be equiv to a $2 item (not food). They could save up more rings and bank real money [because money is for spending, saving, investing to make more money, and for giving away].
Also Sat morn was getting toys out of toy jail (the things repeatedly left lying around) – often with a cost of 2+ reward rings.

~ Now they are 12+14YO, we’ve just started rings again now worth 50c for an impeccably tidy bedroom (each day), also the chn can earn rings (cos I never have money on me!) for ironing shirts ($2 for 5 shirts of good quality iron), and 3 batches of cooking (of what Mum wants) also netts $2. This money goes towards camps and special events they want to go to (they pay half).

~ If grandparents give them money I do not expect them to buy foodstuffs with it. Banking some IS expected.