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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program. (Quatro)

It took some doing to get old Grizzly Mama back up off the floor after that brush with ugly reality - let me tell ya. We did it though and here I am - and feeling more resolute as a result. I am ready to continue with Cubed's excellent series on education. I apologize for so rudely interrupting - you can see that it was a must though!

Education and Jihad - Part IV.

Another fascinating read chock full of information that we as parents need. Cubed starts with explaining the periods during brain developement when intellectual tasks are learned almost effortlessly. These “biological windows” or “sensitive periods” occur at genetically pre-programmed times. This brain development starts at birth and continues until the early twenties.

From the article:

"Each neuro-developmental task, or intellectual skill, has its own timetable. Every child, no matter where in the world he was born, or into what ethnic, cultural, or racial group, learns the same intellectual tasks in the same sequence, at about the same age."

We need to know this information so that we as parents can make use of these exceedingly important 'windows'. A few examples of biological windows:

  • The “window” for the introduction of a second language opens at about six months (this is not a typo). It peaks at about four years, and then fades steadily until puberty.

  • The “music window” opens at about three, and fades steadily until puberty.

  • The “math window” opens at around a year, peaks almost immediately, and fades at around four years.

  • The “art window” opens at about two and a half and fades by about ten or twelve.

  • The “physical window” exists from birth, peaks shortly before puberty, and fades steadily until young adulthood, around the mid-twenties.

  • Cubed describes the importance of music and art, and the way those disciplines help the brain make connections. Steve of 'Madam' has noted in the past that learning a musical instrument is a beneficial pursuit. Cubed notes (and I've heard it before) that "Art is such an important part of our lives that it is often tightly controlled in totalitarian societies to be sure that the “wrong ideas” won’t sneak into people’s minds."

    We are then whisked off to take a look at the fact that kids who are taught or tutored one-on-one just do fantastically well. Cubed gives a brief history of some interesting tutorial approaches and what happened to them. Homeschoolers know from experience how great it is to have that one-on-one time. We also know how great it is to have different age children interacting with each other - helping and being helped. One of the tricks I use is to pretend that I am confused about a particular concept and ask my oldest to explain it to me. Afterward I wink at her - she knows what I'm up to by NOW. Oh well - there is still the 5 y/old to use that old trick on. Cubed notes that 'students as tutors' has had a positive effect not only on the 'tutees' but also on the tutors themselves.

    You have GOT to go read about the DISTAR system. I had never heard of it before reading cubeds article. It seems the teachers unions don't like DISTAR. I wonder why?! ;-)

    Cubed ends her article with this:

    "We are getting ever closer to explaining how it is that Islam rapes the minds of its children and creates world-wide conflict."

    I will only do one of the articles today. Thank you again Cubed and as always if I missed anything please let me know. Well - - - you really HAVE to read her article because there is SO much there that can't be easily summed up.

    God bless America and Homeschool Your Children!!



    Blogger tshsmom said...

    I do the same thing. Our son gets frustrated easily and thinks that NOTHING is sinking in. Then I have HIM explain a concept to ME. It always amazes him how much he knows, and understands, on the subject.
    I MUST get back to reading Cubed! You're already 2 chapters ahead of me. :(
    I've been sending links to her site to everybody I know. Just spreading the word.

    25 February, 2006 16:09  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Yes - you MUST get back to reading Cubed! Don't worry - it's not a race. I am so glad that you are sharing her links with people. Thanks tshsmom.

    25 February, 2006 18:24  
    Blogger Always On Watch said...

    About that window for learning a foreign language...I've noticed that students waiting until age 16 or older are effectively locked out.

    Also, learning a foreign language (especially Latin) is learning therapy as the process of studying a foreign language forces the crossing of the corpus collosum. The only student with whom I could make no progress was a young girl who had had radical surgery which permanently damaged her corpus collosum. All the other students--hundreds of them--found excellent benefit in studying Latin.

    Start with vocabulary lists at Grade 4 and gradually introduce conjugation and first declension; by Grade 6 (sometimes earlier) proceed to hardcore grammar. The benefits are inestimable! I pioneered such a program some 20 years ago in a private Christian school and now use my program with groups of homeschoolers. In fact, I recommend that all students take Latin, at least some, before attempting a credit course in a modern foreign language. We progress this way: Latin, Spanish, French, and/or German. These kids ace their SAT's!

    26 February, 2006 09:24  
    Blogger Always On Watch said...

    Oh, a Cubed rocks!

    26 February, 2006 09:24  
    Blogger Alison said...

    Monica, off topic - i thought you might be interested in a post on my blog today fyi. Spread the word!

    26 February, 2006 11:15  
    Blogger dcat said...

    I had to learn English and still have problems with it!

    Never did well in English. I even forgot my native language OH WELL! I was born right here in the USA.

    I pulled away from my so called culture and started my own. LOL :) So I am hopeful that the children of Islam can pull away from theirs as well, 'if they are strong enough to be independent. And stubborn to buck their backword teaching.

    26 February, 2006 13:09  
    Blogger J C said...

    Great post! Thanks for the links to jihad.

    26 February, 2006 13:31  
    Blogger The Sparky said...

    Hi Monica thought you might like to see this, although I’m cutting down on my blog for the immediate future, (one more to go when I get around to doing it) I would like to keep you and your surfers informed of things I think may be of interest!

    Just came across this on a service pals forum. It shows Australia has no intention of taking shit from Islamic extremists who set up shop on their continent. Pity our politicians in the UK and USA are not made of the same straight talking moral fibre that some Aussi politicians have! You sort the problem, you don’t do backward flips to appease them and make them worse.

    Also home schooling in the USA and UK may be one way of ensuring your children in the USA and here get to speak the language of the non conquered first! Here in the UK many can’t or won’t speak English as their first language! (East London is a prime example but not unique!) A London school head has said enough is enough, 60 languages from around the world are spoken at White Hart Lane school in Tottenham in the borough of Haringey North London. She wants all the kids to learn English and speak it in all their lesson, as Turkish kids were doing their Maths in the Turkish’s language with Turkish teachers only! She won’t last long then, she is a new appointed head from Scotland.

    Multiculturalism stinks here and is ethnically cleansing the indigenous out of our streets and cities that defied the Luftwaffe and Nazi Germany’s intentions. But this time invaders come and take over, all with out a shot being fired!

    “In 2000, more than 193 languages were spoken in Haringey schools”.




    If you want Sharia law move,
    Hurrah for Peter Costello.

    If you want sharia law, move: Costello
    Friday February 24, 2006
    Anyone who believes Islamic sharia law can co-exist with Australian law should move to a country where they feel more comfortable, Treasurer Peter Costello says.

    All Australian citizens must adhere to the framework in society which maintains tolerance and protects the rights and liberties of all, he said.

    It is a pre-condition for citizenship of Australia.

    Mr Costello was giving a speech on the meaning of Australian citizenship to the Sydney Institute.

    "There is one law we are all expected to abide by," Mr Costello said.

    "It is the law enacted by the parliament under the Australian constitution.

    "If you can't accept that, then you don't accept the fundamentals of what Australia is and what it stands for."

    Mr Costello, the son of a Methodist lay preacher and who was raised a Baptist, emphasised that Australia is a secular state under which the freedom of all religions is protected.

    "But there is not a separate stream of law derived from religious sources that competes with or supplants Australian law in governing our civil society," he said.

    "The source of our law is the democratically elected legislature.

    "There are countries that apply religious or sharia law - Saudi Arabia and Iran come to mind.

    "If a person wants to live under sharia law these are countries where they might feel at ease.

    "But not Australia."

    Mr Costello said there were some beliefs and values which were so central to Australian society that those who refused to accept them refused to accept the nature of Australian society.

    "If someone cannot honestly make the citizenship pledge, they cannot honestly take out citizenship," he said.

    "If they have taken it out already they should not be able to keep it where they have citizenship in some other country."

    It was more difficult for those born in Australia or who had no dual citizenship, Mr Costello said.

    "In these cases, we have on our hands citizens who are apparently so alienated that they do not support what their country stands for," he said.

    "Such alienation could become a threat to the rights and liberties of others.

    "And so it is important to explain our values, explain why they are important and engage leadership they respect to assist us in this process.

    "Ultimately, however, it is important that they know that there is only one law and it is going to be enforced whether they acknowledge its legitimacy or not."

    26 February, 2006 17:25  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    AOW - we've started with Spanish. Perhaps I need to rethink that. The older one had Spanish last year and we started the little one this year. I am having a hell of a time with it. They're doing fine though!

    Alison - I am going to notify the UAC about this. Also ProtestWarrior.

    Dcat - despite my Catholic brainwashing I have managed to think for myself and question. I admit it was scary to do that at first - oh so many years ago.

    Sparky - that Costello in Australia was getting some flack for saying what he said. I hope he didn't back down. He is ballsy and we need some more people like him for sure.

    Thanks JC - hope you enjoy. Thanks for visiting!

    27 February, 2006 22:59  
    Blogger "Alice" said...

    Very interesting post, monicar. My youngest started learning Spanish in Kindegarten and has had it ever since (she's now in grade five). Like you, I do believe that having one on one, or at least the smallest of classes is the best route to go. I believe her class is approximately 13 children, and when she finally graduates from her private school, the number of children in her graduating class will be about 25-30 kids. What I find amazing is that 100% of those children will not only go on to University, but will have gone on with scholarships.

    Keep up the good work!

    01 March, 2006 04:42  
    Blogger Kate said...

    Monica - Good stuff.
    I loved your last line - you just sound like you are on fire! ;)

    01 March, 2006 15:54  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Alicenot I am so glad your daughter is getting a great education. God bless you for giving your best to her. All we can do as parents is give our best to our kids.

    Kate - LOL! Grizzly Mama is on FIRE. I am so hot right now about this -- well YOU know. The longer I do this the more strongly I feel about it.

    01 March, 2006 23:21  
    Blogger paul connor said...

    Hello Monica, listen this comment has nothing to do with the post, but if you'd hear me out theres one thing I'd like to point out,
    in the top right hand corner of your home page you extend prayers to Americas friends in the British Army fighting in Iraq, however in the text you specify the English only, now I don’t want to sound like I'm being rude, but are you aware that the British Force in Iraq is made up of troops from all regions of the United Kingdom, including Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland? I realise the oversight was not intentional but in praying for English soldiers only, you ignore all the other regiments (and indeed the Scottish, Ulster- Irish and Welsh men who have given there lives) in operation Iraqi Freedom. In specifying only England , you make the same over sight as I would if I said of the U.S.A.'s contribution to World War 2 to "our friends in New York State" - ignoring the 51 (50 ? the Hawaii thing always messes me up) other contributing states.
    Look at the young men in this link:


    These brave young Ulster men are c0ontributing to the cause just as much as any English man and I would (respectfully) ask for them too to be remembered in your prayers. Their contribution may even be viewed as particularly selfish,
    for so contributing to Americas (just) crusade against Muslim Terror and for true security (something these boys women and children cant enjoy even today, even though daddy is fighting to secure it for others......) given the facilitation of Terrorist in the own country by elements of American society (i.e. that they are fighting to free you from terror whilst members of your National community are paying for their loved ones to be subjected to terrorism....(see links for edification)





    02 March, 2006 09:04  
    Blogger Mike's America said...

    I see Blogger is screwing up again. Only posting the page layout, not the posts. Better warn Skye who is thinking of switching.

    And this is off topic too:

    Remember our discussion of the State of the Union Speech and the references to "isolationsim?"

    Well with the Dubai ports deal we know where that came from don't we?

    Now, got the same deal going with our strategic alliance with India.
    comments here:


    02 March, 2006 15:44  
    Blogger Kate said...

    LOL - well Monica, let me add some more fuel to that fire and say - KEEP ON GOING WOMAN!
    I love it when we get so fired up about such important issues.

    02 March, 2006 15:56  
    Blogger MonicaR said...

    Paul - honey! I love all people! The banner was put up after the islamist terrorist bastards bombed the Underground and the double decker bus in London. If you click on it you will be carried away to JackLewis.net - and you can get the html.

    You are right to point out all of the men and women who make up the UK and are putting their lives on the line with the Coalition. I ALWAYS pray for ALL of them no matter what part of the world they are from.

    I do not support the IRA. I think the IRA is ridiculous - and it wasn't until I found A Tangled Web that I realized that they are still quite in business. The last I had heard of them they had sworn to put down their arms in response to 9/11. Silly me thought they actually had done that. I was shocked I tell you when I was educated about all the goings on in the UK.

    I am of Irish AND English descent - with a little Dutch and Scotch thrown in there and I am very proud of my ancestry and love the Irish and English especially! I have a particular weakness for Italians though - and so I married one but made sure that he was half Irish. ;-)

    Thank you for visiting - I haven't checked your links yet but I will after the girls are in bed. I was upset to think that you thought that I wasn't praying for the Irish, Welsh, Scottish persons and wanted it out there in black and white. I DO pray for them and I am eternally grateful and there are no words to express my gratitude.

    Kate - LOL! Thanks.

    Mike - how fascinating. It all falls together now doesn't it? I will be over to visit as soon as the toothbrushing/book reading/prayer saying/goodnights are done.

    02 March, 2006 21:44  

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