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  1. This belongs here. It is legendary. The old timers will know what I mean. :-)



    Kelli's Ode to a Toilet


    [ K-8 General Board ]

Posted by Kelli in TN on 13:05 Nov 22



<<Okay, the toilet in the kids bathroom is horrid. Dh says he is not replacing it until they all move away! However, in 2 days 32 in-laws will descend upon my house and I want a new toilet!!!! We have argued and argued this point and I thought perhaps if I injected a little humor into the argument.

 So, here goes.....


    "Behold, there cometh forth a multitude;

    Yea even a multitude of in-laws,
 Mother in law, Father in law, behold they bringeth with them 
even sisters in law and brothers in law,

    and the husbands of sisters in law 
and also the wives of brothers in law


    And behold the brother of the husband of the sister in law doth approach and with him there cometh his children, and his wife and lo, even his wife's melba.


    And thy nieces and thy nephews will descend upon thy house and bring forth their own spouses and children. 

And they shall approach thy wife, yea even the wife of thy middle age, the mother of thine children, hearken unto me, and give remembrance to thy wife, the mother of thy six children and remember that she did not shrinketh away from the labors of childbirth but instead caused thee to be fruitful and multiply many times over.


    Give ear to thy wife now and hear the petition of thy wife, the bride of thy middle age. 

For the in laws shall descend upon thy house and thy wife's house and even thy children's house. And they shall bring all manner of items in Tupperware containers and they shall eat and they shall drink, yea even shall they sup at thine table and the tables that are brought forth by thy niece and the husband of thy niece.


    And when they are satisfied with thy meat and thy drink and the abundance of Tupperware contents, then they shall seek out the bathroom. Yea, even the restroom.

    And they shall look upon thy toilet with contempt and shall mutter one to another 'Behold the stains in the bottom of the bowl, and lo, the lid to the tank is broken, yea it is broken into many pieces and the pieces are not together and it is an abomination to our eyes.'


And thy wife, yea, the wife of thy middle age, who forbear to make thy quiver full, and even thy underwear drawer to be filled with clean raiment for thy use, even she shall hang her head in shame at the sight of the toilet.



    Do you think it will work? 

  2. Found a great visual aid for the Equivocation lesson (I think it's 16?):


    youtube of Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First?":D


    Yes, WoF is great for reinforcing that concept! In September I started leading a Fallacy Detective discussion group for a group of 11-15 year olds. We all are really enjoying it. We cover two chapters per week, and I flesh it out with things that I find online. We also do Perplexors when we have a few minutes at the end of class.


    At first I thought that the 11 year olds (including m own) might be too young to really get the concepts, but I was wrong. They're doing a great job. :001_smile:

  3. Hi Everyone,

    My friend Rachel is an art teacher, and she has started an art education blog called The Helpful Art Teacher. There are articles/instructions on subjects such as landscape painting, perspective, color theory, drawing faces, and much more. She designed the blog with homeschoolers in mind, as she has friends who homeschool and also some of her students are temporarily being educated at home due to health or disciplinary issues. She is committed to keeping her blog safe for kids to access on their own, so she'll be moderating all comments before they are published.


    I hope that this will be helpful to some of you. :001_smile:


    But this board is here to support us giving our kids a classical education, is it not? And towards that goal, I believe in encouraging kids to read the best that they can most of the time.


    First, there is little literary depth. The vocabulary is minimal. It's a mostly visual and not a linguistic medium. In terms of brain activity, it's more like watching television than reading text. And, again, I don't forbid my kids to watch television. But I don't consider it to be the same as reading a good book.




    We can go very slowly, with me answering questions as they come up. This is my preference for my children, rather than have them do the graphic novel version which I feel is predigested.


    Well said, ladies. I'm giving you each 50 rep points for those posts!

  5. And now, *anj* - do tell -


    Where's your best source?


    Dd18 is looking at a MacBook to buy: my Dad gets a 15% discount, but wondering if refurbished might be a better option for her.


    Spill it!


    You can get an Educator's Discount directly from Apple, although that doesn't apply for a refurb. I think they'll give you a discount on any software you get installed, though. I would prefer to deal only with Apple if I were to buy any kind of refurbished computer. They have pretty good deals on those.

  6. Thanks Beth, and everyone.


    I went ahead and joined at the $20 level. I'm bummed though, because I had hoped to be able to listen to entire albums (or at least entire pieces, rather than individual selections only.) Of course they want you to subscribe at the highest level, and that is the only way use it the way that I'd find most useful.


    I sent an email to the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op, asking if they might be able to arrange for a deal for homeschoolers. They have contacted Naxos, so we'll see what happens. :glare:

  7. I'm thinking about subscribing to the Naxos Music Library this year, and I'm trying to decide if it'll really be worth the money. Has anyone here ever done this? There seem to be (at least) two different levels of membership. One costs $225/yr., the other costs $19.95. I'm considering the less expensive one, but it's hard to see whether or not there are enough composers represented.


    I took a free 15 minute trial of the complete site, and it was really nice. There was an especially good children's section.


    Pro: Less expensive than purchasing all of the music that I want us to experience this year.


    Con: Potentially very expensive, plus there's some annoying copyright law in the US that prevents us from listening to certain genres through the site.

  8. I found How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater by Thomas Schumacher very informative about all the work that goes into producing a Broadway show. Be aware, though, that this book is produced by Disney, and as such, overwhelmingly focuses on the Broadway shows that Disney has produced in New York.


    I just received my copy of this book, and oh my. I love it. It's a really nice book. I know that some children perform on stage regularly, and attend live theater often enough that these things are already really familiar. But I think that even those kids would enjoy a book like this. First of all, the layout is gorgeous. The colors are rich and vibrant. The book contains all kinds of cool things like a sample Playbill, a couple of scripts (I mean, paper scripts stuck in pockets, and you can pull them out!), sketches and swatches (individual swatches of paper, stuck in an envelope), liftable photos that show actors before and after make-up, wigs, etc.It covers the actual physical layout of a theater, how to read a ticket, kinds of shows, styles of theaters, lighting, costumes, props, backstage, lots and lots of stuff.It's usually $20, but you can get it on Amazon for only $8, so you really can't go wrong. And I actually have to give Disney credit. While this book highlights several of their live productions, I don't think that it is a cheesy attempt to make children beg for Disney stuff, you know? :001_smile:



    Thanks so much for this recommendation. I think that my children will really enjoy this book and learn from it. :)

  9. You've already gotten lots of good advice. I love musicals. I have loved them ever since I first saw The Wizard of Oz as a kindergartner. I have a friend who is equally passionate, and we often speak to one another in lines from musicals. That probably sounds weird, but it's actually so much fun, and certain lines just beg to be sung in specific situations.




    I would recommend that you just play the music in your house, in your car, wherever you are. Read the libretto and explain the context of the songs. If you can see some live performances, great. If not, rent some film versions of really great things like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma, Singin' in the Rain, etc.


    I hope this helps! :001_smile:

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