Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Chapter 3- Genie of Genies

Chapter 3

“I thought I told you not to come to the Soda Fountain! Especially at my girlfriend’s party.” said Brad.

“Yeah, your dead meat…hamburger!” One of Brad's gang members said.

Hamburger. That made Buck's stomach turn. Then the gang jumped on him. Buck dropped to the floor and crawled into the shop's kitchen. The cooks just stared at him. Then a familiar voice cried out, “Buck, come to the back door and you can escape!”

The voice had come from Madeline Hoover! Buck ran to the door and thanked Madeline. When he rushed out the door, the gang came into the kitchen.

Buck knew that he wasn’t safe yet so he kept running. One thing that Buck was afraid of was that Brad was the fastest runner in Elko Middle-School. But before Buck could get away, Brad and the rest of the gang came out the door, not far away.

All Buck’s life he had been running, either from his dad or other kids his age.

They were gaining up on him now. They screamed and cursed at Buck while they ran. Chaos, Chaos, Chaos…

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Importance of Memorization

This is an article I read recently on memorization. I usually write Scripture or poems on a paper and hang them up so we are constantly reminded of them. This helps the visual learners in our family! :-) Hope you enjoy this.


Memorization: a simple, effective, and often-forgotten method of learning.

Why should your child memorize Scripture and poetry? Memorization stocks the mind with beautiful language. It influences the heart by providing fodder for meditation. Besides, it's fun!

Getting Started

Begin by reading aloud the passage you would like to memorize. Read it again. And read it once more. Do this frequently: at mealtimes, before rest times, or at other times that work well for your family. Soon, your child will be able to say the passage along with you. Keep doing this, and someday you will hear him recite the passage to a friend, grandparent, or even to himself as he plays. After introducing one passage, you can add another until you are working on several simultaneously. When the passage has been over-learned, the frequency of reading (by now, reciting) can be reduced. You can find a more thorough explanation of this method in Ruth Beechick's book, A Biblical Home Education (B & H Publishing Group, 2007).

Memorization stocks the mind with beautiful language. It influences the heart by providing fodder for meditation. Besides, it's fun!

For our family, I print out the Scripture passage or poem we are memorizing and place it at the beginning of my notebook (right behind the attendance chart). We start our lessons each day by reading and reciting poems and Scriptures.

Memorization Practice

I suggest that you begin your family habit of memorization with one of the following poems:

The first comes from Sing-Song by Christina Rossetti (Dover, 1968).

Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk,
Or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot.
No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.

October's Party
by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.
The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.
Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

Monday, December 1, 2008

Genie of Genies- Chapter 2

Chapter two-

Koa Buck was mystified. Who would call his home and not say what his/her name was? Maybe his Dad was playing a joke on him, but over the years Buck had not known his dad to be humorous.

Brad Gueffer. Maybe it was that kid. The 9th grade bully had made many prank calls to the seventh grade kids like Buck all the time. Maybe. Anyway it was still mysterious.

Well, Buck was just going to read a litt-. Oh wait! Buck had been invited to Madeline Westwood's (the cutest girl in school) party. And it was going to start in thirty minutes!

Oh! He was going to be late this time! Buck raced up the stairs to take a shower and change clothes. Killing time was his top priority, but he still needed to be clean. So he washed his hair and hopped out of the shower. Buck quickly dried himself and got his clothes on. He ran to his moped. He jigged the engine and rode off. Buck had been given this mini-motorcycle on his tenth birthday. He had been riding it ever since.

When he got to the Soda Fountain, where the party was, there were many people there. Buck stopped and parked. He walked in and sat down at the only empty stool.

From what he had heard, this old Soda Fountain was founded by a man that had wanted the youth to have a 'hang out'. Well, the founder's dream had come true. Lots of people were gathered in this place like Tommy Carter, Daniel Robinson, and Jenny Sonya. Buck scanned the area for Madeline… and Brad Gueffer. She was no where in sight.

Then the door swung open and a familiar voice cried out, “Buck Maine, you better run because I’m comin’ for you! And you won't like it!”

Buck turned around and his heart dropped. Brad Gueffer was standing at the door with the rest of the Tiger gang. There was no escape from the gruesome Tiger gang. The match was so uneven, like a 'giant against a boy'. This would be a long night.