What a Cool Kid!

It’s spring again, which means, again, we are exploring schooling options for the upcoming year. I was really impressed when McDaddy shared this link with me, because it meant he’s feeling as much anguish as I am about the subject, AND he is really interested in being an active part of the decision making process. Anyway, I officially love this kid! In the 24 hours since I first watched his TEDx talk, I have viewed it three times more, once with Rain.
So without further ado… The TEDx talk with Logan LaPlante:

hack schooling makes me happy

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Finger Paints and well finger paints

Day two on the crazy train finished up the week of classroom instruction.  Remember my notes from Monday?  Well they didn’t change much.  Maybe a little.  We had another whirlwind day.  And we had a lot more to accomplish today.  ALOT more.

The morning started off with Willy Wily Weather bear throwing an angry temper tantrum and ripping his skateboard in half.  Then to make matters worse he didn’t want to wear the weather appropriate muscle shirt to school he wanted the rain coat instead. In his hasty attempt to undress himself he ripped his ear off.  Then Key Kong came along and took his foot off.  Needless to say Willy the Weather Bear is not in very good shape.  He was the one thing I didn’t laminate…because I had put velcro on him before I hit my” lets laminate everything” phase.

Table time passed uneventfully(which really means they were bored out of their little minds)    As we quietly CLEANLY colored “b” books to go in the lapbook I could see their little eyes beginning to roll back in their sweet wet puppy dog smelling heads.  I decided we needed to kick it up a notch.  So I pulled out the poster paints, and shirts I think (HOPE) were in daddy’s goodwill pile and we set about becoming Jr Monet’s.  Ahhhh what messy fun.

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See those smiles!

Snacktime brought unexpected pleasures as they headed out side and camped at the neighbors house.  I would too, he has an old school fire engine parked at the curb.  No, he’s not 60 and this is not his hobby project.  The truck is fully restored and he’s younger than I am… and an insurance agent.  Turns out this is his “commuter car” because his is in the shop for the next few days.  Oh well, guess he’s putting out danger zones of a different kind.  Hope he doesn’t stop at the drive thru on the way to work.  (T and S you know I love you guys and hope you don’t care that I raz you like that!)

Tell me just HOW I go about reeling in two boys after a sight like that?  With sharp objects and glue.  That’s how.  We worked on phone numbers and addresses today.  Because it’s part of the Lapbook this month, they got to cut and color and glue shapes and numbers all over the pages.  It was a success.

As for Key Kong, well destructo boy was locked in his chair with food.  Kid was happy.  Especially when we added a little green smoothie to the mix.  Oh yeah sticky-potamus needs a bath now.  Did you see those pics in the slideshow.  No he’s not the favorite, he’s the only one that sat still long enough to get some cute pics.

That’s it for today.

What I learned this week is that I apparently am edgy on school days and I think they feed off it…especially Tornado.  What I also learned is not to push it.  They are learning even through play….ESPECIALLY through play.  This is the method I wanted was hands on.  Yeah we have stuff to cover but it’s through play that it will stick best.  With Tornado, he doesn’t have anything he HAS to complete.  IT’s all for fun.  If he wants to participate he can.  If not, fine.  With Hurricane, he’s good.  Let him play, just make it directive play.  He’s retaining.  That’s important.  Slow down breathe in chill out!  IT’s all good.

Thats all she wrote folks.

Oh but I want to share a little funny with you.

My mom came over.  We were visiting the boys were outside playing…unattended.  (There’s a firetruck out side for heavens sake, who’s gonna steal a little kid with a fireman nearby…really?)

Hurricane decided to play driving range….with daddy’s lucky Margaritaville ball I bought him on a layover to (duh) Margaritaville. You know where this story is going don’t you?  Well SHHH! and let me tell it!!  He hit the neighbors house.  Across the street. THREE TIMES. First the garage.  Then the brick, and finally the window.  Yes.  She handed THREE balls back to me.  <sigh>  I tell DH what *his* son has done and his first words are…”nice shot”.

and So when my child wins his first Masters I really hope he remembers to thank the patient neighbors across the street for putting up with him using their house as target practice.

No pics here because that would have encouraged the little shit and he does NOT need encouragement!

 

First Day of (home)School! The Fun Begins

SEPTEMBER.

By now, most of you have gone through the headache of Back to School.  Second only to Black Friday, this time of year make some want to chase their morning coffee with shots of tequila. While others are so excited with the anticipation of a fresh new start they are pee their pants just a little each time they see a new box of crayons.

After the crazy that is back to school shopping, you carefully set out “first day” outfits (before they get torn in the bike tire) packed “first day” lunches (thats the best one you’re gonna get kids so enjoy EVERY bite) prepared “first day” breakfast (see previous parenthesis) then taken gorgeous professional quality pics (hurry up kids!  Sit down SMILE! hurry you’re gonna be late!!!) Then you’ve sent them all with loving hugs and sweet kisses off to enjoy their first day of school (ahem prison).  Then you have shut the door with glee and smuggled a grin as you sit down and wonder what you’re going to do with the next seven hours of freedom.

You my friend are a mom.  You are normal in every way.  But you’re not crazy.

Crazy is well ME.

Back to school shopping is perusing the Target dollar aisles for workbooks, stickers, dry erase markers and board, flash cards, fake money,books, magnets, clocks, puzzles.  What ever I can find that will work in the classroom.

Preparing for the first day Back; for me; means poring for hours over curriculum, blogs and other sites looking for the perfect lesson plans.  It means making circle time boards, laminating everything in sight (no really, I laminated Captains tail last night) and becoming best friends with my library as I find just the right books to  go with our theme.

I homeschool.

This is something I’ve had a strong attachment to since Rain was a toddler.   Suffice it to say we were only able to hs her briefly while in Colorado.  So I’ve been looking forward to this day with great anticipation for sometime!  The day has finally come!

Today was the first day of our little McMunchkins Montessori and two and a half hours taught me alot.  So let me share!

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I have hemmed and hawed and worried and fretted over this day.  I’ve told myself based on past experience with Rain’s hs, not to book myself too thin but I think I still did it.  We were really structured and I don’t know that I will continue doing that.  But we did have a lot of hands on.

Things I thought before starting:

Hurricane is going to need alot of one on one with pre reading skills.

Tornado will bypass him quickly

Hurricane will need a lot of hands on active stuff, he is a Kinethetic Learner

Tornado will be fine to do independent work

H will  hate it

T will love it

We will have plenty of time to complete everything on the list.

Things I think after today:

Hurricane has been holding back and he has retained more than I thought he had

Tornado doesn’t care

H and T need a lot of hands on learning

H loves it

T hates it

We did NOT have plenty of time, we were going at breakneck speed the entire time!  With the exception of craft which took about ten minutes, so we just played moon sand the rest of craft time.

Our theme this month is All About Me

We had a shape, letter, color, and number attached to this week.  So I will take table time and tub time to work on those.

Crafts are mini step crafts that will eventually result in the completion of a lapbook for “All about me”.

I am still deciding whether I should publish our lesson plans or if any of you really care haha!

Anyway, enjoy the slide show.

We had fun!