Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bright Futures and Other Housekeeping Issues

Thought I would give you an update on Bright Futures. It's going great. It is getting a little old driving downtown with kids in tow every week (especially since Tuesday seems to be THE Day for an Atlanta downpour), but we pass the time listening to books on CD. We just finished Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest series and enjoyed it immensely.

I have so enjoyed getting to know my BFA kids. They're good kids, all four of them, and we have a great time together. Please note that I have added 4 new essays to Homeschool Writer's Block. I have not been good about keeping up with that. And the kids miss it! Every week they have asked me, "Do you have our comments?" Trust me when I tell you how very much those comments mean to them. So, while I know it takes a good bit of time out of your day to do so, I would very much appreciate if you would visit and comment on their writings.

The essays I have posted are just one of a few assignments they have completed in the last few weeks. They had a rough time with their Lord of the Flies analytical essays, so I did not post those. For a couple of them, we had to re-work those papers and then re-work them some more, and we still have much room for improvement in that area.

Note: If you are new here and are wondering, What on earth is Bright Futures? visit here (the last post under that label explains the most).

As for that other housekeeping issue, I have recently made a new friend over at Running with Letters. Cynthia really does run with letters. And then she takes those letters and spins them into a lovely choice of words. And then she takes those words and morphs them into wonderfully composed sentences. She's a fun, busy, sweet person and someone I'd love to meet in person. Oh, and she's written two books for young adults. The Chrysalis is found here, and Drink the Rain may be found here.

Anyway, she has in the last few weeks awarded me two blog awards. The first was forever ago. So thank you, Cynthia, for the i give good blog Award

and for the Superior Scribbler Award.

The Superior Scribbler Award comes with some fine print. Here it is:

1. Each Superior Scribbler I name today must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving bloggy friends.
2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog.
4. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.

So here's what I'm going to do. I happen to have 3 blog friends who were or are English teachers, which, implicitly, means they spend quite some time "scribbling". And they are:

Annie at Having a Ball
TeacherMommy at Diapers and Dragons
Arby at Boarding in Bedlam

I also have a wonderfully fun blog friend who acts like she was at some point an English teacher. I mean, she writes well and corrects people's grammar (and that's endearing, not annoying for the record). (Note to self: ask her what she did in Life-Before-Mommyhood-and-Homeschooling). And that person is:

Crossview at Down a Red Dirt Lane

Finally, one of my Write4Homeschool students is a witty, charming blogger herself, and she becomes my last but not least award recipient:

Aja at The Penguinator's Lair


Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

Kathleen, you are too kind! I hope one day we WILL meet. I will check out your kids writings soon--I do know how encouraging those comments can be!

I am going also going to put it on my list to check out your English teacher bloggy friends...a bit of Cynthia trivia is that I'm a non-practicing certified secondary English teacher :)

Did you really post this yesterday? Because I kept checking for a new post from you and this didn't pop up until a few minutes ago...

Teacher Mommy said...

Oooh! I like that. Muchly. Thank you very much for that! And you know what? Arby MIGHT just accept that one!

(Don't tell him, but I am gradually working on creating a special award just because of him. I might manage to finish it in, oh, another month or three. I'm awesome like that.)

CrossView said...

Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! *girly squeal* That is so amazingly sweet of you! And I'm in there with English teachers? Double wow!

I've been checking out Aja's blog and I'm loving it! LOL!

(Your link has writ*i*er in it. So I'm going to try it without that extra i or eye or whatever...)

Thank you again! *happy dance here*

Kathleen said...

Crossview, you know I left that error in there just so YOU could find it!! Ha!! Actually, when I got your comment, I was thinking, "I bet that typo is in the Fine Print of the blog award, so it's not my fault (except for the fact that I didn't read over the fine print). But, no, my error. *Hanging head in shame!*

CrossView said...

Honest! I wouldn't have said NUFFIN' except that I couldn't go to your other site! But I AM laughing at you! And I'm just sure you must be related to my 20-yr old. *must check family tree*

@nnie said...

I have been soooo busy (blog post coming soon), but I did see this entry and appreciate the award! Means much coming from YOU! I heart your blog!