Friday, August 26, 2011

Back to School Days

My goodness, what a day it has been today! It all began at 2:30 this morning. A cell phone ringing woke me up. Daddy answered it but no one said anything. It was a number we did not recognize. I went back to sleep and slept until 8:15 a.m. (later than usual for me). I ate breakfast and wrote an essay for my social problems class. By that time is was noon. Mama, my brothers, and I went swimming in our back-yard pool. At one I ate lunch and helped with chores from 2-4. The whole day I've been wanting to work on this blog so I could post it. Sorry it's late, but here it is....

Ring ring goes the bell...
It's time for a new school year once again. Some have already been in classes for a couple of weeks now. Others will not begin until after Labor Day. (Those lucky ducks) My fall semester started 2 weeks ago. So far it is going pretty well. I am not planning on this blog as being as long as the previous one. I just want to share a few personal memories, graphics, quotes, and songs with you all. I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading!~Virginia

   As I wrote in my previous post, Mama taught me what I needed to know for my preschool and kindergarten education at home. For first and second grade I attend a public elementary school and then began homeschooling again from third grade to twelfth grade.  I have good memories from both experiences. A certain event that I witnessed in my second-grade year has inspired me to write a children's story about it. Maybe in another blog, when I have worked on the project more, I will write more about it. So stay tune. 
 1st grade class pic above

2nd grade class pic below

The first day I went to school my little sister cried because she missed me and wanted to go with me. She now tells me she was crying just because she wanted to ride the bus. I loved to ride the school bus. I pretended I was on a traveling bus, going on an adventure. My bus driver was the coolest. She would let us listen to the Space Jam song during our ride home sometimes. Each side of the bus sang a certain part. 

One day, though, she made us have a silent bus ride home. We were not even allowed to talk to other students. I guess she did not feel well that day. I loved book fairs, open house, field days, and field trips. One trip I remember most is when we visited a Christmas tree farm. I really had to go to the bathroom after a while and the cold weather was making it worse. I accidentally wet my pants. It was embarrassing, but my teacher, principal, and parents took care of me. I loved  music class. We also put on an awesome play called "Stone Soup". 
   The extra curricular activities got even better when Mama began homeschooling me. We've been on many memorable educational trips with the local home-school group and on our own. My favorite was when we visited the Mayfield plant and got free ice cream. I ate Super Man Flavor. I also loved back-to-school picnics, cookouts, and hiking. My favorite subject I remember from all my years of school, beside Bible, was a Science curriculum Mama used one year. It was really interactive. Mama has always been good at making learning fun and interesting.  

In high school , Mama used a video program to help with the tougher subjects. The video program filmed teachers at a Christian school in Florida and I was able to view the lessons on Dvd. My favorite video teachers were my English teacher and my Bible/History teacher. When I graduated I was able to do so with many other students who went through the same program. My family and I traveled to Florida and I got to meet some of my video teachers. It was a neat experience. 

   I wrote some about my college education in my previous blog. I am also thinking about writing a story about my journey to my degree. So many things have happened since my freshman year. I'm excited to work on this project as well. I will post more about as I do so.
   That is all of the personal school memories I am going to include for now. Here are some back-to-school pictures and quotes that I like. Note: I got most of my pictures from this website: Susan's Daily Dose .
"A teacher effects enternity: he can never tell where his influence stops." 
-Henry Adams-
"Books are friends that never fail."
-Somerset Maugham-

"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live."
-James Truslow Adams-
"A teacher makes two ideas where only one grew before."
-Elbert Hubbard-
 "A great teacher makes hard things easy."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."
-Walt Disney-
"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher."
-Japanese Proverb-
"Life is painting a picture not doing a sum."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.-
"Life is a series of lessons that must be lived to be understood."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
"As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools."  
-Author Unknown-
"The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book." 
-Author Unknown-
"I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."  ~Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"
“The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything.” 
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." 
-John Dewey-
"I can't give you brains, but I can give you a diploma." 
-The Wizard of Oz-
“Boredom shouldn't be a problem for God's children--our Heavenly Father is so creative and delights in blessing us with ideas and opportunities to learn and grow in Him every single day of our lives--in sunshine and in rain, and warm weather and in cold!” 
-Tamara Eaton-

Finally I would like to share with you all this song Mama has sung to me ever since I was a little girl I'm not crazy about how the man in this video sings, but the lyrics are great. The chorus is my favorite! 
Have a wonderful school year everyone! Until next time~Virginia


  1. love love love this blog! I remember Mama Dot singing the School Days song to me! Love you!

  2. You are doing well with this! Hope you can keep it up throughout your college years. What are you majoring in?

  3. Thank you, Mama! I love you too! I can't wait until you write a new blog!

    plclemo, Thank you as well. I hope I can continue to do these also. I am majoring in Nursing. Have a great day. Thanks for reading!

  4. Since your mom and I are friends, you can call me by my first name if you want to. It's Paula. Nursing is such a great profession. I have seen some very good nurses having been in the hospital about 20 times in the past 28 years. They make or break a patient's recovery period. Study hard. Pray A LOT. You'll succeed.

  5. Thank you, Paula. I have a good friend named Paula as well. I hope you have a good day!