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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.

Thursday, December 14, 2006


Two and one half hours to write one and one half paragraphs.

I mentioned that the 10 y/old really, really, REALLY hates writing, didn't I?

Painting 'The Scream' (or The Cry) by Edvard Munch.


Blogger "Alice" said...

Hmmm, sounds like it.

14 December, 2006 08:59  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Maybe if you could convince 'em that it's dialoug for a TV script and there's big money in it? :-)

14 December, 2006 15:32  
Blogger MamaGeph said...

I feel your pain! Twice, the Princess has spent an entire weekend weeping and freaking out over a one-page essay. And writing is her strength. Lord, help us!

14 December, 2006 19:41  
Blogger Skye said...


Feel better now?


14 December, 2006 22:11  
Blogger tweetey29 said...

You know I wonder how you home schooling parents do it. I have one that goes to public schools and a two year old. We have talked about pulling our oldest out sometimes after she gets into the older grades.We both had troubles in school and we dont want those troubles for her as we had. But I look at you and tshsmom and you guys are doing a great job with this. Any advice on home schooling if we decide to later on will be great.

15 December, 2006 16:53  
Blogger tshsmom said...

If you find a cure for this, PLEASE let me know!!
Z will just sit there, staring at the blank paper. He can orally rattle off all the facts that he needs to put into writing. But when I tell him to write down what he just told me, I get a blank stare. ARGHH!

15 December, 2006 20:19  
Blogger Mike's America said...

It may be the disadvantage of homeschool. The student has only his or herself to compete with.

When I was in school I could knock a couple paragraphs off quick. But since it was public school, my effort was leaques ahead of the illiterate scrawls submitted by my classmates.

15 December, 2006 23:58  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Alicenot - you don't know the half of it! I so can't relate to her little problem - I never had any problems writing.

DC - I haven't found the magic formula yet...I'll try that one, though!

MG - so glad you understand. I thought my kid was the only one. Hope you and the new baby are feeling fine.

Skye - a primal scream ought to do it. It usually helps. ;-)

tweety - thanks for visiting and commenting and welcome! My advice is: just do it. I know many a parent who struggles with their kids for hours on end with homework in the evening. It surely isn't any worse than that. You just do it earlier in the day - lol! Most of the time we have a great time together - it really is true. I always dread when she's got to write more than a couple of paragraphs though. She is like that with her art, too. Three hours on an art project (that I could whip out in, like, 20 minutes...) is not unusual for her, or for her sister! Good luck with your decision, and don't forget that you are perfectly capable.

tshsmom - I can always count on you to understand. Thank you so much. Ditto on that finding a cure. *sigh*

Mike - I never had any problems serving up what my masters required of me in school, either. It was usually half-assed but that seemed to be over and above what was expected! lol.

Thanks y'all.

16 December, 2006 01:09  
Blogger Mike Slag said...

Hmmmm....I don't know, I'm pretty good at writing, but....I'm just motivated by myself, sorry I can't help.

What's the paper supposed to be on?

P.S. isn't it cool that they recovered the Munch picture?

19 December, 2006 07:47  
Blogger DirtCrashr said...

Writing is tough, but the block is usually an internal block, a buildup of resistance for all the "right" reasons -- the need for perfection, the need for passion, the need for expression - but the BLOCK is mostly about perfection and wanting to have the be-all, the end-all, the just-right sentence that would illuminate the ENTIRE WORLD and end injustice! And all that crap.
In other words there's way-too-much invested in the outcome, and the block slides up out of the sand like the walls of Jericho, or whatever the song: "too high, can't get over it too wide can't get around it, too low can't get under it - gotta go through the door." And it's a scary door, with a portcullis that threatens...
I always had a hard time finding the right topic or subject too - but sometimes could slide around the block by using a different technique to distract myself, a different way way to reach that topic, like using total sarcasm, or wrapping it up as a hard-boiled detective/mystery novel, or just something different to focus on instead of the perfect result. Perfect kills.

19 December, 2006 12:19  
Blogger MonicaR said...

She is writing an essay on global warming, Mike Slag. I just posted the essay as an entry. I'm not sure what to do for the poor kid either...but thanks for commiserating!

DC - I agree that perfect kills. I like your ideas about different writing styles, thank you. I hadn't thought of that and I think it could be VERY interesting. (That wall you described scared the crap outta me, btw..lol!)

19 December, 2006 23:58  
Blogger MonicaR said...

PS Mike Slag - I had no idea that the picture was needing to be recovered!!! There is an interesting story behind this I am sure!

19 December, 2006 23:59  

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