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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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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"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, September 22, 2007

Moving Week

We will be moving this coming week. My entire life is either in boxes or waiting to be packed.

I'll see you on the other side of Friday. Wish us luck or say a prayer for us, if you are so inclined.

Ooops. That's the wrong kind of moving truck, isn't it??

Here, this one is better:


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Twisted Sister


Subjects and Predicates Assessment For My 2nd Grader.

The little one is a trip. I'm telling you - this girl was BORN like this. I have to share her answers with you. When she shared what she had written, we all laughed so hard that we couldn't concentrate until we had rested for a bit. Here is what this part of her assessment looked like:

'Complete each sentence by adding the subject or predicate that is missing.'

1. ____________ dug a hole.

2. The birds ______________.

3. A big truck _____________.

4. The little baby _______________.

5. ______________ ate my lunch.

Okay? Easy enough, right? Here we show her answers in purple:

1. I dug a hole.

2. The birds die.

3. A big truck falls.

4. The little baby vomited.

5. My cat ate my lunch.

I'm just not sure what to make of it. My older daughter was all flowers and smileys and butterflies and giggles. THIS one, though. She is a plumb trip. On the plus side - she spelled 'vomited' correctly.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Constitution Day at Your Local Public School

A Bidwell Junior High history teacher has an interesting way of teaching history to his young charges. As part of his Constitution Day lesson, he sent a letter home with his students asking them to bring it back to class with their parent's signature. The letter denounces US Citizenship in favor of being a member of the 'global community'.

According to one young lady in his class:

"The lesson being taught in class was that the U.S. kidnaps innocent people and takes them to Cuba, where they are kept indefinitely and tortured."

The young lady's father also shares this with us:

He said his daughter broke into tears when she talked about Brooks mentioning illegal wiretaps and other surveillance directed against innocent people.

The teacher, Mike Brooks, says, "I just wanted to start a discussion."

Just wanted to start a discussion, eh? Not very scrupulous of him to lie to little children just so he can bash his country, is it? All under the guise of 'history' education.

May I share with you what my daughters and I discussed on this Constitution day? We discussed James Madison - the Father of the Constitution - and his big ideas gained from studying history himself. Big ideas of starting a whole new kind of government, a government of the people. Many thousands of people died to secure American victory in the Revolutionary War, they gave their lives so that the Framers could fashion something that was considered radical in its day. The arguments in the heat of a summer in Philadelphia, the debates, the passionate views on how much power the federal government should be allowed. They knew. They knew that the government had to have controls on it so that it would be difficult for it to wield too much power. We talked about how the responsibility for our country rests now on our shoulders - as it does every new generation. We talked about how our federal government is doing things - and continuing to attempt to do things - that are not mandated in the Constitution of the United States of America. Running education was one example that was brought up. Running a massive welfare system was another. We talked about the 3 branches of government: The Legislative, The Executive and the Judicial. The powers divided between those 3 branches were wrought in such a way as to prevent one branch from exercising too much power. Does it work perfectly in practice? Obviously not perfectly, however I have high hopes for the continuation of America and our Constitution. In fact, I will lay my life down for it if necessary. If that is necessary to ensure that my children continue with the freedoms that we enjoy here in America, then that is what will be done. My ancestors did the same for me and it is not something that I take lightly and neither will I ever forget it.

The only thing that worries me is the education of our youth. They're being lied to. They are woefully ignorant of history. Mike Brooks is just one example of what is happening in public education.

We have to get a handle on this. We have to take control of what our children are being taught. It is very worrying to me that several children in Mike Brooks' class brought the letter back signed by their parents.

Source: Chico Enterprise Record, and WND.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Gathering of Eagles - Washington, DC

Jennifer Gallagher reports her experience at the Gathering of Eagles, GOE III, in Washington DC this weekend. She was there to counter protest the asinine anti-war, pro-communist, stupid-ass leftists and their incredibly ill conceived 'die in'. She has pics showing the huge difference between the opposing groups. On our side you see nothing but beautiful red, white and blue, people who love our country and support the young men and women doing their job in the field - killing terrorists and protecting the innocent. We support them and we love our freedoms and our country. Jennifer had an interesting confrontation with some stupid-ass kids holding a hammer and sickle flag aloft. Not surprising that they have no concept of how deadly communism really was (and still is), with the state of public education these days.

Another Pennsylvania blogger, Skye, who was also there, has some really great pics up, too.!

Thank you Jennifer and Skye!

Michelle Malkin was there and has an interesting 'compare and contrast' photo montage up. Can you guess who the anti-America protesters are??

Human Events has a great article up about the protest and the counter protest. I found this article via LGF. This guy, Jack Langer, gives us a perspective of the event that you probably won't see in the 'MSM'. He cracked me up with some of his observations, and I hope that you go and read the whole thing, too.

God Bless America!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Grizzly Shocker!

Not only did one of my favoritest bloggers, Always on Watch, give me this award, but so did Vicki at Not Ready For My Burqa! I think Vicki has the best named blog on the planet.

Thank you, ladies. You're very kind, but I believe that you may have had to relax the rules a bit to let me into this club! As per these instructions, now:

I get to have the fun of passing this along to 7 more women bloggers who write about subjects that are often not very nice at all, but try to maintain a courteous and friendly tone at their blogs. As one lady put it, “It just shows that we can get our message across without turning into crass and rude people.”

Here goes!

Cubed at Project Education Renovation.

Jennifer Gallagher at Now For Something Different.

Tweetey at NBR's Spot.

Skye at Ancora Imparo.

Four Inch Heels, who co-posts at The Bill T Blog.

Tshsmom at Homeschooling Tourettes.

Kate at The Tate School.

All of these women are truly nice, truly diplomatic, and good hearted. It makes me wonder, after having nearly ripped a woman's face of just the other night, how I could ever have been mistaken for a nice blogger! ;-) The blogosphere is an amazing 'place', isn't it?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Never Forget


Image courtesy Cox and Forkum.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Blogging the Surge

We saw Petraeus on FoxNews with Brit Hume. I believe that the information that he shared shows that the Surge has been very effective. In fact, as Dubya said to the citizens down under, "We're kicking ass!"

The Department of Defense has an article up with a link to the slides that Petraeus used to illustrate the progress in Iraq. The slides are PDF - be warned!

I,being an old Grizzly Mama who can't get past this nasty PDF stuff, found the slides in a proper format at Talking Points Memo. They are 2 clever by 1/2 to have this whole puppy available without having to deal with Adobe. Power Line Blog also has several of the slides available for your easy viewing.

Here are some pretty pictures for you to look at. Of course, it's not all just a pretty face, there is some very important information to be gleaned from the graphics! Information that I think the insane "Pull Out of Iraq Now" democrats would hate to see. Progress, for God sakes!


Is it perfect?? No. Is it dangerous?? Yes. Do we win if we quit?? No. Victory - victory for a free Iraq!

Also blogging the surge:

Skye,BillT,Donald,Wordsmith, and Mike.

If you are also blogging surge news, let me know and of course Grizzly Mama will include your link!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

We found a place to winter

It's a large farmhouse in Lancaster County. We've put the application in and we will hear on Tuesday whether they like us.

Lancaster County is so beautiful. Love it out there.

Wish us well!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

First Day of School

Wow! Already! It seems that we started swim team practice just a couple of weeks ago. So much has happened over the summer. Troll got a new job. The girls swam their hearts out and they are brown as little nuts. The little one has mastered her new bicycle. The older one has suddenly become less 'tomboy'-ish. They both participated in Science in the Summer. They made it to the beach. (Although *I* did not, for the first summer ever since I have lived in this area - almost 20 years...) They both decided to get their hair cut into bobs - too cute! Too easy, as well! The house was put on the market and sold within 6 weeks, for the price that we are asking. And here we are again: The first day of school.

I devoted this weekend to unpacking all of the school stuff that I had packed away to reduce clutter for showing the house. Their little drawers are back in their spot. The new notebooks, pencils, and glue are on the bookshelf. Their student page workbooks are all lined up neat and pretty.

When they saw the drawers, all labeled with the subject and their name, they got excited. The most favorite drawer for each seems to be the science drawer. The little one is starting 2nd grade and she has all sorts of goodies in her drawer. A spring scale, to measure newtons of force. Oh - I can hardly wait! I remember using that to pull toy cars and sneakers and stuff up a little ramp that we concocted in the living room. Too fun. The magnets are always a hit. Ooohhhh - look at that brandy new graduated cylinder! We'll be doing some kitchen science with that little baby when it's cold and snowy out. A pulley - we normally use the dining room chairs to demonstrate different types of pulleys. Thermometers, seeds, primary rock kit for the little one and the super-duper advanced rock kit for the older one. They went through the rock kits tonight - totally excited - holding different rocks up to me and telling me what they were. Little light bulbs and a battery with wire for building a circuit.

The history drawer for each is full of books. Story books for the little one and books 7-10 of A History of US for the older.

The oldest's Literature drawer contains an introduction to Shakespeare, Don Quixote, Sherlock Holmes, Little Women, Robin Hood and a bit of Dickens. There's more, too! She sat and looked through all of the books, and chose one to start reading right away. The little one was too fascinated with her Science drawer to pay too much attention to her Language Arts drawer. Tons of good stuff there, too. Knights of the Round Table, Peter Pan, Aesop's Fables and much more.

They both claim to 'hate' math. I think this originated from a young lady on the block who they both adore. She is a cheerleader, and had sculptured nails applied at the age of 8. Much to my dismay, they idolize this young lady even though she won't climb a tree with them or even play in the mud. So - she hates math. And now they 'hate' math. I saw them peeking, though! The older one was too excited with the fact that she has introduction to Algebra this year and perused her textbook for quite awhile. The little one looked at her math textbook, too, and decided that she liked it.

The art box is back in its place and the music stands set up again.

I am excited, too. A whole new school year with all of that potential. I'm telling you, this is the ONLY way to fly. I have learned so much teaching my kids. It is a joy to see them excited and enjoying the learning. It is a privilege to be there as they grow.

Happy new school year to everyone!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Moi? A Non-conformist?!

You Are 70% Non Conformist

You are a pretty serious non conformist. You live a life hardly anyone understands.
And while some may call you a freak, you're happy with who you are.

Say it isn't so! It's true though. Grizzly Mama does her own thing, and always has.