Saturday, October 15, 2005

Marcus' Computer Class - Creating a Newsletter in Microsoft Word

This Friday, I went to Computer Lab to learn how to make a newsletter. We got to use any subject that we wanted. I have to take these classes to meet my computer skills requirements. Eighth graders are also required to pass all of the Computer Literacy tests.

So far, I've completed the Microsoft Excel and Word. I still have to take a test on Database.

I do enjoy learning about all the things I can do on my computer.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Tennis Lessons for Marcus

Our school program was offering a chance to take 4 tennis lessons, for $20, at Barnes Tennis Center. The kids will have a chance to get an introduction to the basics of tennis. The kids get into groups of eight to one tennis pro. After their lessons they have a chance to play a little tennis.

This will be a great refresher for him. He had tennis lessons when he was 6 years old, at summer camp. My husband also has shown him some tips.

I really enjoy our Independent Study Program. Each month, they provide an array of field trips, workshops and classes.

This time will be credited towards his weekly P.E. requirements.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

An Afternoon Chuckle Courtesy of 'Zits"

My husband likes to remind me that the comic strip, 'Zits' reminds him of our 13 year old son and I's relationship. Our son is also an aspiring guitar player. I actually have to agree.

This Wednesday's strip was no exception. I received a nice afternoon chuckle courtesy of 'Zits'.

I noticed that the site has an online store too. I'm thinking that I'll hint for a 'Zits' mug, for Christmas.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Rona's Movie Rental Review -'Million Dollar Baby'

In the wake of a painful estrangement from his daughter, boxing trainer Frankie Dunn has been unwilling to let himself get close to anyone for a very long time--then Maggie Fitzgerald walks into his gym. In a life of constant struggle, Maggie's gotten herself this far on raw talent, unshakable focus and a tremendous force of will. But more than anything, she wants someone to believe in her. The last thing Frankie needs is that kind of responsibility-- let alone that kind of risk--but won over by Maggie's sheer determination, he begrudgingly agrees to take her on. In turns exasperating and inspiring each other, the two come to discover that they share a common spirit that transcends the pain and loss of their pasts, and they find in each other a sense of family they lost long ago. Yet, they both face a battle that will demand more heart and courage than any they've ever known.

Genres: Drama
Original Release Date: December 15th, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, some disturbing images, thematic material and language.
I had no idea what happens in this movie! Well, I knew it was a boxing movie and that it was sad. No one would really tell me why. I'm glad I didn't know. My husband and I watched this one, last Friday. Oh, man was it great! I love Morgan Freeman. Do you remember him as 'Easy Reader' on 'Electric Company'? He's always had a special place in my heart. His narration was so beautiful. Clint Eastwood is more then a director. It's like he takes your hand and personally walks you through his work.

This is rental must. Not appropriate for younger kids. Our 13 year old son wasn't interested either.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Essay Contest for Teens - "Souper" Parents Contest

Many virtual schools and Independent Study Programs have fundraising programs. This is a great writing project for your homebased student. If your student is in a traditional homeschool program make sure to read over the rules before entering.

Students, 13 years to 18, are invited to write an essay of 200 words explaining why their classroom parent is SOUPer. There will be one winner in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C. Each winning essay and school will be awarded 10,000 Labels for Education bonus certificates and a $50 gift card. These certificates can be put towards educational merchandise that is redeemed through the soup label program. Deadline entry is November 30, 2005.

You can get more information, enter online and download the entry form by visiting Campbell's Labels for Education.

Monday, October 10, 2005

This Week's WAHM Talk Radio Show

This week's show is for those of you are looking to work from home. Sylvie Charrier, author of You can Work in Your PJs and owner of has been a single mom raising three kids while working at home. Sylvie tells us about her beginnings in the Virtual Assistant market. You'll love her story.

Kelly McCausey, host of WAHM Talk Radio is always bringing great topics and hosts to her audience.

I hope you will make time to take a listen to her show. You can download it onto your MP3 Player too. I hope that Kelly's show turns into a weekly habit for you. It has for me!

Columbus Day - Second Monday of October

Christopher Columbus set out to find a route and found a new country. This is an important part of history for negative and positive reasons. For a discussion, with older children, visit "The Columbus Navagation Homepage". It has information on his 4 voyages, his ships and crew and much more.

For the younger crowd has some fun games and activities. Sherri Osborn even has some great activity ideas.

Learning can be fun. Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada.

Rona Berry-Morin
Marcus and Me

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Homeschool Talk Radio Show - October 3

This is part two of Learning Without Textbooks: Cindy Downes, from Oklahoma, talks about her product "The Checklist" and all of the other fabulous resources that you'll find on her website.

Creator Linda Romero Criswell shares her inspiration for creating an exciting history resource.

JoJo Tabares, from Art of Eloquence, wants to talk about the many questions homeschoolers get while out and about with our homeschool children.

Parent to Parent's own, Jodie Lynn, shares a special moment from her parenting past and gives us a great suggestion.
When you get to Homeschool Talk Radio take a moment to visit the supporters. There's many great products and resources.

Lunch at Via Pizzeria

My husband's cousin and a family friend came for a quick visit, last month. We decided to meet a little Southern Italian restaurant. The food was terrific. We caught up and had a great time.

Since I'm a scrapbook nut, every moment is turned into a photo moment. I asked Stella to take a picture of our family. Thank you.

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