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Drama Takes Me to School

The past few days, Drama has been asking for “school”. I know she only wants some of the attention the actual students get, so I have been reading a book to her sometime during our school day. Her choice has been The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher. It is not enough that I read the book, though. She knows Jeremy is a frog, and is displeased that the word frog does not appear regularly throughout the book. Each time I read his name, she says, “say frog.” There fore, our reading sounds like this:

Mr. Jeremy Fisher the Frog…… Jeremy the Frog…..Mr. Jeremy the Frog….

Hmm, maybe you have to be here, but trust me, it’s incredibly funny.

Math Woes

Well now. I finally caught up with Diva and her schoolwork. Houston, we have a problem. Seems that when I asked her if she’d done her math, and she said yes, what she really meant was “I did the parts I liked and understood, I skipped the parts that frustrate me, and made it up by doing the extra work in the back of the book for the stuff I’d already covered with you”. And this has been going on for a very long time.

See, I believed her, because she has always been a stellar math student. I had no idea how far behind she was because when I would ask what lesson she was on, she was always further along in the book than she had been, but she’d not been grasping the new stuff in the lessons. That year I lost while I was chained to the breast pump has definitely caused some problems. Sigh.

So, we are on the advanced math plan for the rest of the summer. 3 pages, every day, the whole pages, every day, checked by me, every day, work on it until it is all correct, every day. Sounds fun to me, how about you?

Education Pays

Here at chez CassKnits, we are big on education. Guess you know that, thought, right? People need to be properly equipped for life, and reading, writing and arithmetic play a big part in that. Education, though, has more value that just preparing one for adult life and the storing up of facts. Education allows a person to dream and to accomplish those dreams. Having a dream is an awesome motivator, and big dreams can lead to huge accomplishments. It’s a truism that if you don’t know where you are going, you are going nowhere.

I read a news release this morning about a person with big dreams. Her name is Dr. Carla Thomas, and she’s a physician in Anniston, Alabama. She’s taking online courses to earn her PhD in healthcare administration, and wants to be Surgeon General of the United States. You can listen to a podcast about her at

Lesson Plan Time

Diva and Country (these would be DDs 3 and 2, whom I’ve not introduced yet, but will), are ready for new lesson plans. In spite of all the turbulence of the last few months, they’ve been plugging along, and making progress.

Country is well into her 7th grade math book, which is [tag]pre-algebra[/tag]. She’s doing well in it, and that’s a relief to me. Teaching math is not my strongest talent, but she needs it if she plans on higher education, even at the local community college. or one of our local schools. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not too soon to think about preparing her to do a [tag]concurrent enrollment[/tag] type thing with the community college. In the meantime, I need to get her next batch of lessons ready, and will probably spend some time this weekend working with her on that.

Diva has spent the past year doing a modified year of [tag]Ambleside[/tag], and I think she’s ready to begin year 4, if I work closely with her for the first few weeks. Because these older girls work so well independently, it’s easy not spend the time following up with them that they need, so I will be building discussion times with them back into the schedule.

Speaking of [tag]schedules[/tag], it really is time I dusted off my old one and really looked at it. Believe it or not, I did have one that worked at onetime, and when I followed it, everything got done. I know that’s amazing to think about, given my fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants life lately, but it’s true.

Yesterday’s Walmart Trip

So, in spite of me being sick-unto-death, the little people I live with began to circle around making vaguely threatening noises about the lack of handy dandy quick and easy foods that they like. And also, food of a more general sort that might actually take adult know-how to prepare. So off I went.

I bought groceries (more than it seems possible for one family to actually need), and also cups and bowls. We are forever out of cups and bowls, and they had some bright colorful ones in pretty colors, so I bought them. They usually have new ones each year at about this time, and so I stock up. Next spring will find me doing the same, I am sure.

While we were there, after the shopping was done, we popped in Subway for some pizza. Yeah, you read that right. Subway does pizza now, and if you get a chance, you really ought to try it. The fresh veggies on it are awesome, and they make it right there to order, just like their sandwiches. I had mine with bacon, spinach, onions, black olives and tomatoes. Yummy, and not greasy at all, like most pizzas.

I did not look at window blinds yesterday, but I will have to do that next time I am there. We have a small crisis with one of ours, and by small crisis, I mean it is laying on the floor, totally whacked. I think I’ll replace them all with shades. I have one in my room, and I prefer it to curtains, especially since they can be mounted between the glass panes.


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Some Sticky Reinforcement

My kiddos love stickers. I give them out for good grades on math tests, and sometimes for other assignments. We don’t do a lot of written work here, so these stickers are highly prized items, LOL! The little ones like character stickers, but the older girls are happy with something simpler. I was looking at getting something for them today on PlanetLabel.

I didn’t find what I was looking for there, because they don’t carry pre-printed labels with snappy compliments. Instead they print the labels with the words you give them. I’m just not feeling witty enough today to come up with anything more stellar than “atta girl”, and somehow I can’t see ordering fifty pre-printed labels with that slogan.

What I did find out was that PlanetLabel has developed labels specifically for crafters. These would have been great when I was doing more knitting-for-money. Too bad I didn’t know about them then.


Do you think that every book you read is written by the author that’s listed on the cover? I used to. It’s quite a common misconception. But there are many, many people who have an excellent idea for a book or a screenplay, but lack the time or the ability to write it in sale-able form. That’s where a ghostwriter comes in. Ghostwriters tell your story in a way that will get it published. Many celebrities and famous business people use this type of service. The Penn Group has more information on the whole process. They were the first in the ghostwriting business, and have the resources to get your book in the right hands.

If you are a writer, you should know that top ghostwriters can earn upwards of $50,000 per project, and the projects generally take about 6 months. That’s a cool income for doing something you love. Now, I have can finally explain to my children why I press good writing skills in school.

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