Tag Archives: Homeschooling

“Good Friday” Is A Holiday …

by Anura Guruge



At least in the Guruge household in New Hampshire.

I work all holidays, whether it is Christmas or Thanksgiving, so holidays per se have little meaning to I — other than the gluttony and the presents.

But, NO HOMESCHOOLING! I am giving her a break to her intense delight.

Other than the U.S., in every country I have lived in, viz., Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), France & the U.K., Good Friday & Easter Monday have been holidays.

So, it is only fitting that I propagate the custom over to here.

Happy Easter.


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BBC 2009 “The Diary Of Anne Frank” Mini-Series To Start on “Acorn TV” June 11, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Acorn listing for this series.


As part of her Grade 6 homeschooling Teischan just finished reading the book (obviously at my behest). So the timing is very propitious for us.

Though the series is 9-years old I do not think I have seen it before. So, I am looking forward to it. I have been by the house in Amsterdam but never did the tour.

I have had Acorn for at least 2-years. Maybe more. We do watch it a fair bit, so it is worth it for us. You should check it out. There is a LOT of content and some good shows.



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‘Prepdog.org’ Is Great For Homeschooling — Just Make Sure You Are Using ‘Chrome’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the site …


Though we are now homeschooling Teischan, I like her to take the same NWEA Testing, at year end, as she would have taken at school. That way there is never any misunderstandings, with anyone, as to whether she completed the year or did the appropriate testing.

One challenge of homeschooling is finding test preparation material — especially online and with automated, self-assessment.

I stumbled upon ‘prepdog.org’ this weekend and was delighted. It has a fair amount of tests and automated scoring — PROVIDED that you use Chrome. We found that out to our costs this morning. Teischan, on a Windows 10 PC uses Internet Explorer. She was NOT getting the scores. I tried it on an Android Tablet and on one of my PCs and I would get the results, each time, with no problem. Then it dawned on me. Chrome. Downloaded and installed it, BINGO. Everything works.

So a heads up.


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by Anura Guruge

Through With ‘Alton Central School’ (ACS) Grade 6 — Resorting, With Regret, To Homeschooling.

by Anura Guruge


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We have had a continuous albeit checkered, 12-year relationship with ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) since we moved to Alton, New Hampshire in April 2007.

ACS has some very good teachers, and I have sung some of their praises over the years. Some of those teachers, one in particular, wrought magic in the now 12-year old Teischan. [Devanee started at ACS ahead of Teischan, hence the 12-year relationship, though Teischan has only been attending ACS for 9.]

Homeschooling is NOT something that I am particularly fond of doing. We did it for a year for Devanee, when she was being bullied at ACS, and I was hoping I would not have to do it again.

Alas, not so.

Today, after much soul-searching and regret, we pulled Teischan out of ACS and will be homeschooling her for the rest of the school year.

5th Grade was bad — and as some of you may know a teacher ‘left’ mid-stream.

6th Grade has been even worse. I have had so many meetings with the Superintendent, Principal, all the teachers ….

In the end there was but just one viable course open to us. Homeschool her for now and HOPE that 7th Grade will be better.

Well, that is the headline for now. I will post more, if I get the time, as we go along.


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Satya Nadella, Of Microsoft, Buoyed By Success In India, Plans To Deliver Best-In-Breed, 3D Holographic ‘Common Core’ Teachers.

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3D Holographic projections (showcased by CNN during the November 2008 elections) is now all the rage in high-tech, ‘money-no-object’ India. Politicians love it; who wouldn’t when you can be in four places at the same time (like Indian gods of yore).

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Given Microsoft’s (and Bill Gates’) enormous vested interest in promoting “Common Core” (and recouping their investment in the biometric bracelets) it makes sense that Nadella, trying for an early dramatic hit, would go for something like this. The technology is easy enough. There is, however, as is to be expected, a hefty hardware investment required. But, Microsoft plans to get around this via an attractive, hard-to-refuse leasing program. All schools in the U.S., provided that they are board approved to teach “Common Core”, will be eligible for the Microsoft “Common Core” virtual-teachers. Though I am not sure how many schools will permit this the kids will actually have the option of choosing who they want to be their teacher, for any given module, from a library of best-of-breed teachers from around the World. But, you can also customize, à la high-end GPS, the language, voice, accent and tone in which the module is to be delivered. So, if it will amuse the kids and keep them engaged, you could have a virtual Japanese teacher go through a module in English conjugation in a funny Indian accent. There is no end to the possibilities. The holographic virtual teachers will be able, in the U.S., in August 2014 for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Installation and setup of the cloud servers, quintuple-band streaming Wi-Fi projectors and the huge software libraries will take at least a month. So schools will have to get on board soon. Cameras will be used, with centralized monitoring stations, to make sure that the kids are paying attention since the holographic teachers can be utilized with a teacher or even a substitute having to be in the classroom. 


N.H. House Saves ‘Common Core’ For N.H. (For Another Year). Not Sure What It Means To “Alton Central” (ACS).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Legislation & Home Schooling —
>> Oct. 25, 2013.
>> NH Republicans SPLIT over Common
>> Core 
Oct. 22, 2013.
>> Common Core the REAL standards …
>>Sep. 27, 2013.
>> Common sense on Common Core
>>Sep. 22, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
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Click to access the "Concord Monitor" blog for entire coverage.

Click to access the “Concord Monitor” blog for entire coverage.



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Click to access original.


N.H. Union Leader Provides Balanced Q & A About ‘Common Core’, Voted Against By Alton Central School Board Which Knew Not What They Were Doing!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Legislation & Home Schooling —
>> Oct. 25, 2013.
>> NH Republicans SPLIT over Common
>> Core 
Oct. 22, 2013.
>> Common Core the REAL standards …
>>Sep. 27, 2013.
>> Common sense on Common Core
>>Sep. 22, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
++++ Do a SEARCH on ‘Common Core’
or ‘Alton Central’
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Click to access very good and clear Common Core explanation from the 'Union Leader'.

Click to access very good and clear Common Core explanation from the ‘Union Leader’.


More from the 'Union Leader'. Click to access.

More from the ‘Union Leader’. Click to access.


Feds (D.C.) Did Not Initiate State Standards For ‘Common Core’ Or Force Them To Comply. They Just Gave States Financial Incentives.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Legislation & Home Schooling —
>> Oct. 25, 2013.
>> NH Republicans SPLIT over Common
>> Core 
Oct. 22, 2013.
>> Common Core the REAL standards …
>>Sep. 27, 2013.
>> Common sense on Common Core
>>Sep. 22, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
++++ Do a SEARCH on ‘Common Core’
or ‘Alton Central’
 from Sidebar search trench for other related posts >>>>>


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Click to access good, educational post.


‘Common Core’ In N.H., Beyond Meaningless Alton Vote: Legislation & The Underlying Motive — Protect Homeschoolers.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related recent posts:
>> NH Republicans SPLIT over Common
>> Core 
Oct. 22, 2013.
>> Common Core the REAL standards …
>> — Sep. 27, 2013.
>> Common sense on Common Core
>>Sep. 22, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.
++++ Do a SEARCH on ‘Common Core’
or ‘Alton Central’
 from Sidebar search trench for other related posts >>>>>


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