Showing posts with label Blake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blake. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Criminal Justice 101

Dinner table conversation:
The 8-year-old decares: Probably, there are more criminals in the US and England and China and Japan than anywhere else. China is where most things are made.
Dad: Why the US?
8y.o.: The US is just such a big country and a big chunk of that is New York with, you know, all those cat-burglers and such.
Dad: Why Japan?
8yo: Japan has all the Ninjas.
Dad: And England?
8yo: I just think they would have a lot of robbers with all that jewelry.
Mom: Excuse me, I have to type this up before I forget it...

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

TO DO Lists

I am so behind on my blogging, I've been tagged and written about 4 posts that I haven't published. I want to publish my "Live, Not Live Blogging from the Beth Moore telecasts" posts. Most of all, I want to tell you the story of the many, many God-incidences that have brought us here now for Parker's surgery and wonderful recovery.
That's my blogger's TO DO list for these coming few weeks, BUT FIRST,
this one couldn't wait.
I've heard that blogging TO DO lists can be quite attractive, even profitable for some. So, when my 8-year-old son, Blake wrote out a Summer's Day TO DO List for him and his brother the other day, I knew it was worthy of a post.
Here is Blake's TO DO list from a hot July day with his 4-year-old brother:



-- Dancing

-- Movies

-- Card Game

-- Emergency Defense Barriers

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Homeschooling - Triple Time!

There's 51 days of summer vacation
and school comes along just to end it;
So the annual problem for our generation
is finding a good way to spend it!

I've mentioned before that I've been homeschooling our oldest son, Blake, in 3rd grade U.S. History this year. Blake attends an international school here in Porto Alegre, but they don't teach US history as a subject this early. Sonlight's two year US history curriculum was recommended to us by our regional educational consultant. We did the history curriculum, the readers and the read-alouds.

WE HAVE HAD THE BEST TIME! Blake finished the 3rd grade curriculum yesterday. We had started September 1st on a ten-day training trip we took as a family. Basically, he worked on Saturdays and holidays (we're in summer break now, remember) for 2-3 hours each day and we finished up just in time for the end of summer break!

We both learned a LOT of US history and some really good American values (that I never realized were American until I moved overseas) like productivity, independence and determination. I also think it really improved his reading comprehension skills, as he had to be ready to face my questioning at the end of each reading session!

It was also a great way to keep him stimulated though the summer break.

We had a party with toasts, homemade ice cream (chocolate peanut butter ice cream and grape juice DON'T go well together, by the way), a new episode of Phineas and Ferb from ITunes, our giving him 7 free hours of video game time, and hamburger and french fries for supper.
"It's like my birthday or something," he said.