Friday, January 30, 2009

Learnable Moments

My boys were sitting on the couch. Zack was reading a Liberty's Kids book to Adam (not by choice) and suddenly Adam hollered that he'd gotten his finger stuck in a hole in the Nerf gun he was holding. He was panicking and pulling, his finger jammed up past the second knuckle. Oh boy, these are the moments parenthood is made of and of course my heart rate doubled reassuringly. The first thing I imagined was a quick trip to the emergency room with a Nerf gun hanging off my kid during school hours. Luckily my wits kicked in. I told Adam to stuff his feelings down (Please don't cry'll make this so much worse....for me that is.) Using cold water, then soap, then Vaseline and a set of jewelers screwdrivers Zack and I deconstructed the Nerf gun and slid the plastic sleeve off Adam's finger in almost no time! Now comes the good part....what I love about homeschooling. The boys realized right away that this was an opportunity. They spent a long time learning how that Nerf gun worked by examining its inner parts, its springs and mechanisms. Later we finished the book about the American Revolution but I suspect that Adam learned something just as useful from the Nerf gun incident. Next time he gets an appendage jammed all we need are the right tools and a tub of Vaseline.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Okemo and Magic

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I know cat urinary problems are common but I was still surprised when Magic started peeing on my bathroom floor! Poor Magic! The vet said stress is a contributing factor. Hmmm. Could it be that Okie is stressing Magic out? Could a bouncing, boundary challenged, nearly sixty pound Golden Retriever in puberty stress Magic out? You betcha!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Digital Blue Video of Pulsing Larva

Watch twice for full effect. Something my boys and I found while pond dipping last spring. Think how many of these might be in a mouthful of pond water!

Homeschool Affirmations

I respect my children and their unique needs and abilities.

I am learning and creating every day, as they are.

My children are whole people. They don't need to be "fixed" or made into something different.

Sometimes, however, all I seem to be doing is trying to fix (control) everything. I try to do too much. I forget what is most important.

Thus my modest goal for my sixth year as a homeschooling mother is to remember to trust myself, my kids and this journey more.


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