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Kung Flu Curriculum

Well, out of an abundance of caution, Boo’s school is closing for the next two weeks.  The week after that is spring break. He gets three whole weeks away from Our Lady of Eternal After School Activities.

The school gave every student a packet of worksheets on the first day of school for snow days and the like.  I doubt there are ten days of instruction in that manila envelope.

So, in order to keep my sprog busy, entertained, and educated, I have worked up the following to keep him busy in mind, body, and spirit.

Week 1

  • Research Project – What was John Moses Browning’s best invention and why? Minimum of 500 words.
  • Reading Assignment – The Past Through Tomorrow by Robert Heinlein.  There will be a test on Friday. (No, not the book. He’s not quite ready for that.)

Day 1

  • Mathematics – Algebra problems based on the carrying capacity of dear old Dad’s ammunition boxes and all of the loose shells in his truck.
  • Health – Lecture – “Personal hygiene and the 11 year old boy”

Day 2

Day 3

  • Home Economics – Lecture – “Nutrition and Budgets – How to Eat Properly Without Bankrupting Your Father”
  • Shop – Firearms Maintenance and You

Day 4

  • Physical Education – Archery, intermixed with 15 meter wind sprints to and from the target
  • Computers/Religion – Patching Linux From Source Code, an Introduction to Self-Flagellation

Day 5

  • Personal Finance – How to get through the drive-through at the church fish fry without spending more money on Girl Scout cookies than you do on fish.
  • Physical Education – Free Play intermixed with yard maintenance


Week 2 

  • Research Project – Find the most efficient route to Texas from our house without crossing into Illinois.  Draw map, to scale, on presentation board, complete with points of interest and COVID19 detention centers.
  • Reading Assignment – The Cornered Cat by Kathy Jackson.  Complete 1000 word essay on the ethics of armed self-defense.

Day 1

  • Home Economics – Laundry 101 – The Washing Machine is Your Friend
  • Chemistry – Evening class – Bourbon and All of its Wonders

Day 2

  • First Aid – Morning class – Hangover Cures for the Middle Aged Man
  • Philosophy – Is there life after death?  Keep talking while Dad is trying to work and find out.

Day 3

  • Shop – Lawn Mower Use and Maintenance
  • Geometry – Folding Laundry Can be Fun!

Day 4

  • Physical Education – Weight Lifting done by repeatedly picking up things on the bedroom floor and putting them away
  • Photography – Go outside and chase some birds for a few hours, will ya?

Day 5

  • Physics – How much crap can Mom and Dad fit into the rental car?
  • Astronomy – Navigating the Interstate by the stars
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  1. Dude. You owe me a keyboard.

  2. Suggested addition: “Go out in the Yard and don’t come back until you have identified 5 edible plants.”

  3. Old NFO

     /  March 12, 2020

    Hoo boy… Gonna get INTERESTING… 😉

  4. Beans

     /  March 12, 2020

    “Have Spacesuit, will Travel” and “Starman Jones” are very good ‘children’s’ books from Heinlein.

    So is “Farmer in the Sky.”

    Heck, most any of his ‘juveniles.’

    Though my all-time fav is… “Starship Troopers.”

    • I tried to get him to listen to an audiobook of Starship Troopers. He’s not into it, not yet.

  5. mrgarabaldi

     /  March 13, 2020

    Hey DB;

    Looks like you have his time off well scheduled. And yes I am glad that I wasn’t drinking liquids while reading your missive, well done! LOL

  6. You win the Internetz for the day!
    Well done!

  7. Reblogged this on Starvin Larry.

  8. “Research Project – What was John Moses Browning’s best invention and why? Minimum of 500 words.”

    Research Project – What was John Moses Browning’s best invention and why? Minimum of 500 rounds.


  9. Research Projects for Extra Credit:

    1) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages/strengths and weaknesses of John Garand’s contribution to arms design.

    2) The Road to Serfdom, by Friedrich Hayek. At Instructor’s discretion, the comic book graphic novel edition (The Road to Serfdom as a Comic Book @ AMERICAN DIGEST).

    • Well, now I know you can use the “strikethrough” code, too bad I neglected to close it properly…

  10. Phssthpok

     /  March 14, 2020

    Week 2 Research project addendum: Utilizing tools such as Gas Buddy*, plan out refueling locations with a specific Cost/Benefit analysis regarding departure from main travel routes for cheaper prices/vs. ‘rest services’ availability.

    Week 2 Day 3: Suggest it be ‘small engine’ use and maintenance… that way he can put the knowledge to use in winter for the snow blower! 😉

    Week2 Day 5: Advanced (3D) Geometry/Physics. Utilizing spatial awareness and load bearing capacities.

    * https://www.gasbuddy.com/GasPriceMap?lat=38.822395&lng=-96.591588&z=4

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