The Coveted Amazon Kindle 2

For about a year, I coveted Amazon’s reading device called the Kindle. While there are other reading devices available, I liked the Kindle because you can be just about anywhere, browse Amazon’s books and download a new read in less than a minute.

For Christmas, my husband said, “Order it”. I did, knowing it had a 13 week back order date. I hoped by February or early March I’d have it in hand. Little did I know at the time, but the Kindle 2 was going to make it debut and I’d be getting one of those.

While the Kindle 2 doesn’t have a memory card slot, it provides plenty of on device storage. Amazon keeps a history of all the books you download from them, so you can delete items and re-download them any time.


If you don’t have a good connection, or you prefer, items may be transferred via usb. Yet another option if it is a small files email it to your kindle email address, which Amazon provides, for a small fee of 10 cents per email.

I’ve had my kindle since February 25th, 2009. In that time, I’ve read so much more than I would have had I not had it. It’s just so easy to use. I’ve found many books for free, and many others for just a few dollars. While I am not able to resell, or buy used like I did for paperbacks, it’s beneficial to me just because of how much I am reading. I have found new authors I never knew about and I just love. I’ve read many series I’d not known about.

When asked what the downside is the only one I can think is the lack of organization ability. There are no folders, no way to tag or use keywords. You can sort by book, by author and by date, or just to a different page. Using the Search feature is easy so finding your book isn’t hard. It keeps your most recently read books at the top of the first page, so keeping track of where you are isn’t hard. While the lack of organizing is definitely a downside, it’s absolutely not one to keep me from buying my kindle, or loving it now.

I have read many books, but decided to keep a list of the series I have been reading (My Reads). My list will make it easier to reference the authors I’m waiting on for new books. It has been fun though getting caught up on some series. I have been able to download the next book as soon as I finish one; reading a series one after another is great. I find myself always scanning and searching Amazon for new authors and series.

Who is your favorite author(s)? Do you have a favorite series? Do you read paper books or use a reading device?

Preparing for Home Schooling

It’s only the middle of summer, but as a home school family, I’m already looking at the next year. I don’t have to worry so much about buying supplies from the school required list, or making sure we have clothes for the first day of school and I don’t need backpacks or lunch boxes.

What I do need is to notify the school district of our intent to home school again this year. This needs to be mailed, certified mail so you have a receipt, to the school district Superintendent before the start of school. They are usually fairly quick at getting an acknowledgment letter back to you and you’ll need this before school starts.

We write our notification letter every year, for each child home schooling the coming year. Our letter to the school district Superintendent gives notice, but also provides a list of all the resources we’ll use for our education in the coming year.

Our notification letter will also include either a summary from a certified teacher who has given an assessment of each of our children from the previous year who will be home schooled, or we can test our child(ren) with a home test. Either option provides the Superintendent a look at how well we were teaching and learning the previous year.

Usually, we opt to test. This way we don’t have to worry so much about keeping track of everything we do all year long. I order CAT (California Achievement Test) from Seton Home. The tests aren’t expensive and it includes test results. The CAT is easy to administer at home too.


If you choose to have an assessment done, you’ll need a certified teacher. This is easy to do too. What is looked at most in the assessment is progress. The teacher wants to see the child has progressed from the beginning of the school year to the end. Take samples of the work from early in the year, and samples from the end of the year. Keeping a calendar of all your activities is helpful too.

This year, my youngest son is age 5 before August 1, or in some districts September 13th. In Ohio, that means he’d start kindergarten this year. It’s not a requirement to notify for kindergarten, at least not in Ohio. However, if I were planning to put him in school for first grade, it’s a good idea to go ahead and notify for kindergarten. This way there is a record he schooled for kindergarten because in Ohio a child must complete kindergarten to move on to 1st grade. Here’s another article about Kindergarten Options in Ohio.



Once you have your acknowledgment letter in hand, it basically makes you an educator. So take it to your local library and ask for a teachers library card. This allows you to check out books for a longer period of time and may have a few other perks. Take the letter to your local book stores, there you can get a discount card which may give you up to 20% or more off educational materials. Don’t be shy, when you make purchases for your home school, ask if they have a teachers discount. Some activities will provide a discount for teachers and you may qualify.

Just writing about getting ready for homeschooling makes me excited for the coming year and all we’ll learn and do.

They Don’t Care About Us – Lyrics, Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
“They Don’t Care About Us” Lyrics
4 Single released from the Album HIStory, 1995

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody’s gone mad

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kike me
Don’t you black or white me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of bein’ the victim of hate
You’re rapin’ me of my pride
Oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy…
Set me free

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
trepidation, speculation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
black man, black male
Throw your brother in jail

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I’m tired of bein’ the victim of shame
They’re throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can’t believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don’t wanna see
But if Roosevelt was livin’
He wouldn’t let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Some things in life they just don’t wanna see
But if Martin Luther was livin’
He wouldn’t let this be

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Kick me, strike me
Don’t you wrong or right me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us