Links: It’s Back-to-School Month 2010 Edition

by Meryl Evans | Category: Books, Business, Language, Links, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech, Writing 3 comments
Shakespeare A to Z

Shakespeare A to Z woot tee

Two more weeks until the family’s regularly schedule life resumes. w00t! Got two school registration events in the upcoming week and one the following week. I’m grateful to all schools for taking care of the supplies for family. We buy the supplies at registration and PTA takes care of the rest. No going store to store or wondering if the product is the right one. Plus, this approach also provides discounts because PTA can order them in bulk.

While it’s great to get everything done at registration, it’s hard on the wallet. Spirit wear, yearbooks, photo orders (high school only), PTA membership, supplies — everything in one shot for all kids. One school tries to ease the pain by allowing families to order school supplies at the end of the previous school year. Shame they don’t do that for spirit wear and other things so we can spread out payment. I know that it’d be more administrative work to coordinate all this.

I know… I know… I choose to have kids, now I pay for it. 🙂

I wouldn’t want to be a kid again dealing with growing pains and peer pressure. I do envy my daughter’s English reading list. Mostly, I read one Shakespeare (yes, I have that tee you see in the picture) play per year in high school and little else. She gets modern day reading. Her books this year? The Great Gatsby, The Scarlet Letter, Death of a Salesman, Walden, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (I don’t understand why this one is on 11th grade AP English reading list when I read this in 6th grade!?), Beloved and The Things They Carried. Last year, she read Ender’s Game. (How cool is that?)

The required reading varies by English class type. Standard English reads To Kill a Mockingbird (I read that in 10th grade) and The Great Gatsby (never had to read it). Standard 12th grade English has Macbeth (that I read in my senior year) and Brave New World. 12th grade AP has a long list, some of which I read in college including Heart of Darkness (I hated it). I won’t bore you with the complete list.

Brain food…

And for fun because we’re allowed…

  • Comic: Misplaced Apostrophes: I cringe when I see stuff like this even though I remind myself that our fingers sometimes do its own thing. I love Debbie Ohi‘s work. (P.S. Congrats to her winning two awards at SCBWI!) Goodness knows, I’ve tried drawing my own characters, but never liked the work. It’s not a picky thing, but the “I stink at drawing” thing.
  • Inside Insides: Wonder cabbage, watermelon, tomato, dragon fruit and other food items look like in an MRI? Stop wondering, and start knowing.
  • Space Invaders Counch: Gank the Invaders at Home: This makes a nice match to my Space Invaders shirt. Think it’s a little much to buy a couch to coordinate with my shirt 🙂
  • 20 Most Inventive Cupcakes Known to Man: The most inventive… don’t know about that. I’ve seen impressive work by the bakers on Cupcake Wars — but a nom nom of a collection!
  • 10 Funniest Rejection Letters: Still laughing…
  • 30 Simple Family Pleasures: You don’t have to spend a lot or plan something big. The little things do matter.

What was your favorite required school reading? Why?

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  • Posted by Lori on August 9th, 2010, 1:48 PM

    Somehow it’s not hard to envision you dancing at the thoughts of an empty house. 🙂

    I thought The Great Gatsby was enforced boredom brought on by teachers who thought they were doing us favors. They were – they made me appreciate it when a GOOD book came along. That wasn’t one of them!

  • Posted by Meryl on August 9th, 2010, 5:23 PM

    @Lori, really? Heard it was a good read from a couple of people. Daughter did say it starts slow. Well, I’m getting the movie, so I’ll skip the book and see that instead 🙂 Hey, I got other reads to do and no one said I had to do it for homework 🙂

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