Friday, November 21, 2008

Public School?

My daughter informed me the other day that she wants to go to the public school next year. I think she was afraid we were gonna freak out on her or something cause she waited until hubby went off to work. No freaking out! At the end of ever year we give them the option of home school or public school ... they always seem to know that they will learn more at home in less hours then they will at the public schools.

This year ... we'll have to compromise though. After daughter came out saying she wanted to go then son came out saying the same. He's since changed his mind but daughter is still holding firm. We told her we will have to go to the school to see what their learning ... if it isn't up to par with what she will be learning at home then I'm sorry ... she won't be going. I want a better education for her then what the public school systems have to offer and IMO I believe sending either on to school for a less stimulating education is child abuse. Of course, this is just my opinion.

Anyway, I get the feeling that it has more to do with them wanting more friends then what they currently have. I admit it, I've been slacking in the socialization part of home schooling. We used to go tot he youth service center for somputer/PE class but I took them out of it this year after they complained of having no real kids their age last year. Daughter was taking lessons with a buddy but her buddy dropped out ... then their girl scouts ... I let her drop out when she completed brownies but I knew this was her way of getting her friend interaction. Dumb on my part. So I'm rectifying the situation ... I'm looking into a home school group. We have a cover school but it's located all the way in Birmingham so we don't go on field trips or anything like that cause it's a 3 hour drive. I'm also getting them back into the church activities so they will be around kids like them & girl scouts is back on the table. That is if I can ever get someone to contact me. I've contacted 3 different people for information on how to get her back into the program & NO ONE has contacted me yet. I sent the e-mails out on Monday. Doesn't anyone check their e-mails anymore?

Ok, so I vented enough this morning. I'm gonna have to get with the school to see what their curricula is so I know what I'm doing next year with daughter. Son told me this morning that no matter what daughter does ... he's NOT going to the public school unless I have to take a job & he has no choice. If you are in my area & know of any good support groups ... I'm willing to look into it. We need kid interaction.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Christmas Card Exchange

Every year I do a Christmas Card Exchange with all my online friends & I didn't want to stop the tradition just because AOL journals went under. A few of you have already sent me your e-mail but just in case the first entry was over looked I wanted to do a new entry on it.

The Christmas Card Exchange is really easy & a lot of fun. You e-mail me privately with your home mailing address ... I send you mine in return & we exchange Christmas cards this year.

I DO NOT share your addresses with anyone else and as soon as I use them I shred the list.

PLEASE ... do not leave your address in the comments section cause that's just to dangerous. If your interested in exchanging cards please send me an e-mail with your addy.

E-mail me!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

My grand mother has Cancer in her Neck, Breast, Hip Bones, Adrenal Glands, Spline & on her Lung. (10-Tumors)
She just took her first Radiation treatment yesterday, which made her very sick. Dr. told us that without Kemo & Radiation she would have 3- months to live. With Kemo & Radiation she has 6-Months to a Year, God makes miracles, myself and the family are looking for one. Keep her in you're prayers. Her name is Pauline.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The 4th Ammendment

A home school legal advocate is disturbed by the recent actions of a social worker in Florida.

According to Kris Klicka of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), a social worker in Miami, Florida, overstepped the boundary of law when she demanded to interview a home schooler's children. He says the social worker showed up at the family's home when the father was at work -- and out of fear and intimidation, the mother let the social worker into the home to interview her children, even though the worker neither had a warrant nor would disclose why she was there. The social worker -- according to HSLDA -- then partially stripped the children and searched them, but found nothing.

During the ordeal, the mother called Klicka for legal advice. Klicka was able to talk with the social worker and inform her that she was violating federal law. "[E]very family needs to realize that the Constitution of the United States has a Fourth Amendment that states that no one from the government can enter a home unless they have a warrant [that has been] signed by a judge," Klicka explains. "And the judge cannot sign it unless there is probable cause -- and most of the time these social workers do not have probable cause or credible evidence."

According to HSLDA, the allegations the social worker was supposedly following up on were based on an anonymous tip concerning a situation from eight months earlier. After the social worker could not find any evidence to support those allegations, she suggested that the entire family get psychological evaluations -- which the family declined.

Klicka says the family is considering a civil rights lawsuit alleging the social worker broke the law by (1) entering the home and interviewing the children through intimidation; (2) not letting the family know the allegations at the initial visit; and (3) interviewing children whom the allegations did not concern.

Know your rights ... you do not have to let anyne into your home for any reason. You do not have to show the work your children are doing ... you don't have to show attendance records to anyone at your door ...

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, November 7, 2008

Computer Project

This is a game that I have been working on for about a week. It is called SonicGM. It's still in "testing" right now.

I used a program called game maker and I also made all the physics. The game is about Sonic the Hedgehog ... to play it you use the arrows & spacebar. The object of the game is to try to catch all the levels rings and try not to lose them. You can lose them by getting hit by a droid.

Thanks for viewing. Let me know what ya think about it if you decide to play it. Nick

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

World War II

World War II Report
by Nick J.

After the cost of the World War I, no one thought Germany would be willing to risk war again. however, the harsh conditions caused by the armistice created a fertile environment for many radical politicians. So out of the bitter depths of Germany rose Adolf Hitler. He quickly marshaled the resources of the entire nation for their military.

At first instead of risking another was, Europe simply gave in to Hitler. After Hitler attacked Poland in 1939, England and France quickly declared was on Germany. Less than a year later France was captured and England besieged. Just a year later saw the invasion of the Soviet Union. By the year 1943 most of Europe was under German control.

The image of that rule are horrifying. Secret Nazi police brutally enforced German policies. Thousands went missing at night. Concentration camps were built to accommodate those that were "racially impure" and had anti-Nazi beliefs. Most people died in these concentration camps from over working and inadequate food.

As individual countries readied for war, hero's emerged in factories as on the battlefield. America turned all of it's industrial production towards weapons for the military. All of the civilians made sacrifices in an effort to win the war.

Ultimately, Hitler was defeated. The costs were massive. Millions of soldiers and civilians died and most of Europe was destroyed. The whole country of Europe had to be rebuilt. Radios, roads, even entire cities were destroyed.

My great grandfather was in World War II ... he never really talked about the things he saw. I believe the things he saw were just to horrible to mention. I'm glad that he survived, not many of his brethren did.