“What line? I don’t see a line.” This was what I actually spoke out loud less than two weeks ago. I quickly scanned my environment, naturally seeing nothing but mere spectators. I was after all, in hot pursuit with my camera in hand, trying to catch a photo of my daughter as she took off from the starting line for the 100 meter race. It was the annual year end Small Christian Schools Track Meet, and I was working hard to capture her energy in motion.
“Excuse me, your standing over the line!”
There it was again. This time I looked more carefully, slightly annoyed that I was going to miss my photo opp. To my horror, I discovered those weren’t mere spectators, but annoyed parents – who happened to all be staring at me, due to the fact that I was standing r-i-g-h-t -i-n- t-h-e- m-i-d-d-l-e of the runway for the L-O-N-G J-U-M-P P-I-T!
Needless to say, I missed my shot.
We did; however, win the meet!
What happens when you discover, pick up, and squeeze a paintball on your nature walk?
1. What is something mom always says to you?
- M: “Good Morning!”
- P: “Please get ready for school”
2. What makes mom happy?
- M: “Not complaining when it’s time for school.”
- P: “When we do our school work without being asked.”
3. What makes mom sad?
- M: “All kinds of things.”
- P: ” Not enough money for fancy clothes.”
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
- M: “Her jokes.”
- P: “Calling us Alice and BettySue in her Southern voice.”
5. What was you mom like as a child?
- M: “I wasn’t in your times – I don’t know!”
- P: “Annoying, ’cause she was a little sister.”
6. How old is your mom?
7. How tall is your mom?
- M: “Can I measure you?”
- P: “5 point 7”
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
- M: “Teaching.”
- P: “Take photos.”
9: What does your mom do when your not around?
- M: “Works on the computer.”
- P: “I’m not there to find out – mostly cleans the house I think.”
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
- M: “The best teacher.”
- P: “Photography.”
11. What is your mom really good at?
- M: “Teaching.”
- P: “Photography”
12. What is your mom not very good at?
- M: “Swimming.”
- P: “Bulding things.”
13. What does your mom do for a job?
- M: “Homeschools.”
- P: “Homeschool.”
14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
- M: “Chicken – ’cause she makes it all the time.”
- P: “Sushi?”
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
- M: “She’s helpful.”
- P: “Being who she is.”
16: If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
- M: “Tweetie Bird.”
- P: “Pennelope Pussy-Cat.” (Pepe le Pew’s girlfriend)
17. What do you and your mom do together?
- M: “Alot.”
- P: “Bible time.”
18. How are you and your mom the same?
- M: “We’re both not game people.”
- P” “We’re both serious.”
19. How are you and your mom different?
- M: “She’s taller than me.”
- P: “She has Facebook and I don’t.”
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
- M: “Cause of all the things she does for me.”
- P: “When I’m upset, she gives me a hug.”
21. What does you mom like most about your dad?
- M: “She loves his humour.”
- P: “His sense of humour.”
22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
- M: “Out for dinner with her friends.”
- P: ” A clothing shop.”
PE for homeschoolers: “Am I there yet?”
Climbing Mt. Doug
Filed under Humor, P.E, Wordless
I came across this on Coffee Mom’s web site – and just for fun I had to take the test!
You Are Sneakers
You are creative, funky, and forward thinking.
You are cool, but you are still approachable.You are stylish and edgy, but you aren’t a slave to fashion.
You tend to put your own spin on trends.
You tend to have a fast paced, busy lifestyle.
Not a lot of people can keep up with you!
You should live: Near nature
You should work: In a job that keeps you on the go
Filed under Humor, Random
Those who have been homeschooling for a while can probably testify the that some of the best learning happens when, well – you’re not looking! When my kids aren’t doing school they’re playing. However; their playing often involves acting out MANY elements of learning. All you have to do is keep an attentive ear out to things that are going on in the background. For instance just this very second while I was writing this post, my 11 yo dd was explaining (to her sister) an illustration from a book she was reading while munching a bowl of mini wheats. It was an illustration of a few bottles of milk that had been left out in the freezing cold. She proceeded to inform her sister that the stoppers in the milk bottles were rising because of the increased amount of gas that was being forced upwards in the bottle as the milk was freezing. Who notices these things? Let alone points them out? These are the types of things that NEVER make it into our learning reports (I’d be typing all day!), yet these events contain many proofs of learning.
Since we do not have cable television, my kids spend a lot of time in imaginary play (increasingly disappearing in our society, by the way) and reading and learning in many different forms. For instance my 8yo dd has a natural interest in astronomy. Though we covered the learning outcomes for this subject last year, she still likes to naturally explore this subject on her own. For Christmas she received a miniature planetarium (that came with software for the computer) and she has become pretty knowledgeable on many aspects of astronomy. She enjoys birding and geology and is continually learning about these things on her own accord outside of our regular curriculum.
Just last night in the car as I was driving four giggly 8 – 10 yo girls to Awana’s I overheard a conversation that went like this:
Little One: “Wouldn’t it be funny if Grandpa could be catapulted into space?”
Older One: “That couldn’t happen, ‘cuz he would be couldn’t survive going through our atmosphere!”
Little One: “Ummm. I know….I’m just making up a story. But, wouldn’t it be silly if he could zoom and land on the moon?”
Older One: “That’s impossible, ’cause their isn’t enough oxygen on the moon to survive.”
Little One: “Umm, I know, but it’s my story.”
Well, you get the idea. You can see the imaginary play at work, but you can also see the logic kicking in with the older girls. As much as I smiled at at the logic at work, I sympathized with the little one (who could probably write a very funny story).
So, hang in there. If you’re ever worried if real learning is happening, just keep an attentive ear to what’s going on in the background – or the backseat. You just might be surprised!
Who wouldn’t miss an opportunity to humiliate their pet? I found out about a fun contest while visiting A Family Runs Through It. He notifies the ill informed that Monday was National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Who knew? Since my children are always looking for creative ways to give our pet a new makeover, we stopped in at Brighter Minds Media to check it out.
Brighter Minds has turned this day of fun into a photo contest running until February 4th. The rules are straightforward. Simply dress up your pet, take a photo and upload it to the site (no professional photos please). It’s great fun for the kids and gives them an opportunity to express their wit and creativity. There are also some very cool prizes to be had. So check it out, your pet will thank you for it – NOT!
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