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Great Learning Ideas April 23, 2009

Filed under: DS, The Younger — alwayswithme @ 8:29 am
  1. When multiplying 9’s; write 9 to 0 in the ones column and 0 through 9 in the 10’s column.
    This gives you the nines tables.
    0x9= 0
    1×9= 9
    2×9= 18
    3×9= 27
    4×9= 36
    5×9= 45
    6×9= 54
    7×9= 63
    8×9= 72
    9×9= 81
  2. How many feet are in a mile? 5 tomatoes
    ( 5 )five ( 2 )to ( 8 )mat (0)oes
  3. To remember where the states, California, Oregon and Washington are, it spells COW.
  4. Treble Line in reading music: Notes EGBDF
    Every Good Boy Does Fine. (Treble is people)
  5. Treble Space in reading music: FACE (Treble is people)
  6. Bass line in reading music: GBDFA
    Great Big Dogs Fight Animals (Bass is animals)
  7. Bass Space in reading music:
    All Cows Eat Grass (Bass is animals)
  1. The order of the planets.
    My = Mercury
    Very = Venus
    Educated = Earth
    Mother = Mars
    Just = Jupiter
    Showed = Saturn
    Us = Uranus
    Nine = Neptune
    Planets = Pluto
    (This is what I learned in school, now that Pluto is officially not a planet, I don’t have a new one.)
  2. When trying to remember the compass, always remember that it spells WE across. (West to East)
  3. He pat my liver, is good to remember that HEPAT is the Latin for liver.
  4. When dividing fractions don’t ask why but flip the last one and multiply.
  5. 4 quarts = 1 gallon like 4 quarters = $1.00
  6. Order of Division
    Driving = Divide
    My = Multiply
    Super = Subtract
    Cool = Compare
    Buggy = Bring Down
  7. < & > Less than and greater than
    > always eats the bigger number because he is hungrier.
    < always points the little number.
    (i.e. 3 < 7)
  1. The 11 Times Trick – We know the trick when multiplying by ten – add 0 to the end of the number, but 11’s are simple as well when multiplying by double digits.
    Take the original number and imagine a space between the two digits (in this example we will use 52:
    Now add the two numbers together and put them in the middle:
    That is it – you have the answer: 572.
    If the numbers in the middle add up to a 2 digit number, just insert the second number and add 1 to the first:
    1089 – It works every time.
  2. To get the first eight digits of pi, count the number of letters in each word of this phrase:
    May(3) I(1) have(4) a(1) large(5) container(9) of(2) coffee (6)?
  3. Divide a number by 3? Just add up all the digits until you have a single number. If THAT number is divisible by three, so is the original number. (I.e.  4545  . If you add 4+5+4+5 you get 18. Then add 1+8, which equals 9. Nine is divisible by three, so you know that 4545 is too.)
  4. Order of taxonomy in biology: 
    Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
  5. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight;  (meaning pretty day)
    Red sky at morn, sailor’s be warned. (meaning storms)
  6. MISSISSIPPI – M,i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, hump back, hump back, i.
  7. A song to learn the order of the presidents of the United States of America.




  • Cincinnati is a word
    Hard to spell but easy heard.
    It need not cause you irritation,
    Just drop the ON from CIN CIN NATION.
  • Massachusetts is tricky,” the teacher confesses,
    “Just remember to spell it with two tees and four s.”
  • Let’s put an end to all this confusion.
    We can’t tell the difference between Tuscan and Tucson.
    The best way to end typographical stress
    Is to remember to put the C before S.
  • ANTI­DIS­ESTABLISH­MENT­ARIAN­ISM is really not the longest word, do you know what is?
  • To know the difference between b and d, make a bed using b and d.  b-d.
  • HOMES on a Great Lake:
    H-Huron, O-Ontario, M-Michigan, E-Erie, S-Superior (I had forgotten this one but Mom2fur had given that suggestion to us.)  I love it!
  • Learning the 10 commandments:
  • H/T to ilovemy5kids


    Teaching Children April 21, 2009

    Filed under: Uncategorized — alwayswithme @ 6:16 pm

    John Taylor Gatto said that when a child is ready and willing, he can learn the entire scope of basic math in less than 100 hours. I believe him. When it comes to learning, readiness is everything. And– contrary to what the scope and sequence programs of our schools suggest (dictate)– all children are not ready to learn the same things at the exact same age. God has made each child unique, with his own scope and sequence for learning and developing. (I read in a book that Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old. Can you imagine how much a modern parent would wring his hands and fret over this and search for the best therapies and “help” for their child?!)  From High Desert Home


    A Book To Look For April 18, 2009

    Filed under: Uncategorized — alwayswithme @ 8:10 pm

     The Eighth Day Books catalog. It is a catalog of “classics in religion, philosophy, history and literature.” Go to







    If I Were To Homeschool My Son

    Filed under: Catholic,DS, The Younger,Family,Organization — alwayswithme @ 2:36 pm
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    My youngest has shown some apprehension about middle school, which is normal, I know.  I have apprehension about middle school too; having had three boys already go through it.  I did not enjoy the experience.  We live in a good school district so it is not the education; it is the social crap.  DS is a sweet, sensitive, shy boy.  He isn’t the most popular, doesn’t have a lot of friends, is intelligent, has ADHD, is afraid of flying insects, is wise, isn’t team sports inclined and I just love him to pieces.  Part of me thinks that life is hard enough, why put him through middle school.  Anyway, I have looked at homeschooling before in a general way as I find the whole thing fascinating.  This year, however, I am going to investigate it further.  I plan to attend our areas Catholic Homeschool Conference in June.  In looking at different methods of educating a person I believe that I prefer the unit study method.  I plan to start accumulating that type of information in the event we decide to go that route. 

    There.  I made is public.


    Do You Remember These? March 30, 2009

    Filed under: Blog Parties — alwayswithme @ 9:50 pm

    I loved these when I was a kid and now here they all are in one place, the lyrics and some You Tube Videos.  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, maybe you will recognize these:

    Best of Schoolhouse Rock Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Schoolhouse Rock! (1973 TV Series)
    Best of Schoolhouse Rock
    by Various Artists
    Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
    by Various Artists
    Schoolhouse Rock! (1973 TV Series)
    by Various Artists
    Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock Grammar Rock (Schoolhouse Rock 1973) Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
    Schoolhouse Rock: Multiplication Rock
    by Various Artists
    Grammar Rock (Schoolhouse Rock 1973)
    by Various Artists
    Schoolhouse Rock: Science Rock
    by Various Artists
    Schoolhouse Rock: America Rock Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote!: A Benefit for Rock the Vote

    To see what other bloggers are talking about, visit Talk About Tuesdays!


    Writing Books and Learning About Poems March 26, 2009

    Filed under: Books — alwayswithme @ 3:36 am
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    I don’t homeschool, but if I did I would definitely use this concept.  I love everything about it.

    I’d also do this


    Homeschooling July 1, 2008

    Filed under: Books — alwayswithme @ 10:07 pm
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    A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver Demille find book at

    Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century


    Rob Reading to Me June 20, 2008

    Filed under: Books,DS, The Younger — alwayswithme @ 3:06 pm
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    We’ve been keeping a book in the van so that when we are out and about, Rob can read to me.  The idea behind this is to instill a love of reading, share with him, keep his reading skills up, stop him from constantly playing the DS and earning him some books.  We are doing the Half Price Book Store program as well as the Barnes and Noble program this summer.  We spent about an hour at Half Price Books the other day.  I found a Shakespere for Kids but for $1.00 and a Half Magic book for $1.00 as well as Drawing with your Chidren for $6.98 plus some travel guides from National Geographic and Fodors.  DH wants me to plan a vacation.  I love books.  I do not have enough bookshelves in my home.  This is a problem.


    Accepting Compliments and other things I’ve Learned Today June 5, 2008

    Filed under: DH,DS, The Younger,Family — alwayswithme @ 8:44 pm
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    I am the leader of a TOPS group.  I joined TOPS a year and a half ago.  I was elected as leader in April.  I accepted because I love the group and they love me back.  Everyone has been so complimentary to me since I have begun running the meetings.  There is so much I don’t know but I am doing the best I know how to at this time.  I know if I need help someone will help me. 

    Today, practically the whole group complimented me during the meeting.  It was very overwhelming; but appreciated.  I feel somewhat unworthy as I am only being me.  It was interesting for me when I was talking this out with my DH  (what a good guy).  He said “having trouble accepting a compliment are you?”  At first i thought that might be it but then I realized that is was more I was having trouble accepting that I was being complimented for being who I am.  I feel that from my DH and my DS and somewhat from a dear friend and my sisters; this, however is from an entire group of women who accept me for who I am and love me in spite of it!  So, one of the things I learned today is that I am appreciated.  What a gift that is to me.

    Rob and I went to noon mass today and it was so rewarding, fulfilling and I appreciated it.  Rob enjoyed it too; said the time went really fast.  I am glad I was led to make this a goal for the summer and I learned that we are rewarded when we are faithful.

    I learned today that it is good to laugh.

    I learned today that HyVee has good hamburger.

    I read a wonderful blog entry on a blog that I have currently forgotten who is was, I’ll have to edit it.  This blogger is writing a series on an e-book which is entitled EDUCATION IS AN ATOMOSPHERE, A DISCIPLINE, A LIFE by /Sonya Shafer here.  I have downloaded for myself and look forward to reading it as well as the series by whoever it is.


    Everything Under The Sun June 4, 2008

    Filed under: DS, The Younger,Family — alwayswithme @ 12:52 am

    Rob and I decided to name our homeschool, Everything Under The Sun, because we want to be limited by nothing in what we study.  Today we did cursive practice using worksheets from here, as well as a multiplication worksheet from there.  Rob liked them better than the ones we had used previously.  I was amazed at what he has already forgotten in terms of multiplication.  I’m glad we are working year round.

     I introduced him to Kidzui and he loved it.  We are doing their 30 day trial period.  It will work perfectly for researching our lapbooks. 

    Speaking of lapbooks, I showed him examples of what they are and he loves it!  Yes!  He started researching zebras (had no interest in wasps or bees).  I am working on my lapbook on menu planning.

    The only thing we haven’t done is read, I will handle that tonight.