Friday, March 4, 2011

Counterclockwise circles and eye contact

The book says the children will learn to write more easily if they practice counterclockwise circles. So far we get some intense squiggles. I thought making a  school-like setting would be fun for them but it didn't work today. I did discover that in addition to making interrogation-worthy eye-contact, the children prefer that I fire directions at them rapidly and nip them along . I will sleep the exhausted sleep of a blue heeler tonight. 
They loved chicken tacos with refritos and rice that was so mild I may name the dish Walter Mitty. Sour cream. Lobs of sour cream. And lemon ginger tea. One of two meals that got raves from them this week. What was the other?Thinkthinkthink...chicken and dumplings?? Beef mushrooms and gravy over rice? This domesticity taxes my memory. I'm sure I was a world class multitasker in the years BC. Before Children. 

Monday, February 28, 2011

State of the caffeine

No coffee makes me less tired. Go figure. Water, veggies, eggs. Loads of fruit.

Going big with homeschool practice. Can we do it?

As the King of Hearts told Alice, it's logical to start at the beginning. So we started with Genesis and plan to let the rest work out on it's own. Heavens and earth, astronomy and dinosaurs. Really, this isn't a conflict of interest. Plenty of issues in both science and religion have no ready answer. I tell them "I don't know, ask G*d about it" when we get stumped. The children were less than receptive to "circle time" and manically so to  " TV newscasts". This means that they suck up as much information as possible so that they can stand behind a big foamcore TV and report everything they remember. Okay, mom can adapt.