Friday, September 28, 2012

It's a Monopoly World

Our family played Monopoly last weekend. It took us all weekend and part of Monday to finish the game. It's not that it was a particularly long game, we just didn't have a lot of time to play. We frequently set up games and play them throughout the week. We love board games. They help us reconnect as a family. This game showed me what good sports we have grown through our constant game playing. I was also consistently at a 7 because of my children's generosity.


About half an hour into the game, Xavier realized he was losing. He called a timeout and ran into the kitchen, where he proceeded to make himself a sign.


Both of his brothers immediately put money in his cup. Throughout the next few turns, his brothers did things like give him property for a couple dollars, only charge him a few dollars rent, etc. For the rest of the game, that cup got passed around between the boys. Wherever it was, it got money put in it. There was only one person who did not participate in giving money to the Monopoly poor. That mean old capitalist. 



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thigh-High Stripes


I am working on my Thigh-High Stripes from Sock Knitting Master Class. I really like this book, and most of the patterns in it, but I have to admit that I bought the book for this pattern. I, of course, am using different colors. I wasn't sure about the white. I was afraid it would be too bright and cause too much contrast with the other colors, but I think it's going to be great. These are all the colors I'm using. I chose to use blue as my main color because I have so much of it. Most of the other colors are either left over from other projects or small skeins. 

I am currently reading three books. I am reading Nourishing Traditions, which embraces my way of thinking about diet. It's rather nice, actually. I've found many recipes I want to try. I have at least 5 recipes I want to try next week, and I've only gotten through the lacto-fermentation section of recipes.

the perpetuation of this “pseudo-mathematics,” this emphasis on the accurate yet mindless manipulation of symbols, creates its own culture and its own set of values. Those who have become adept at it derive a great deal of self-esteem from their success. The last thing they want to hear is that math is really about raw creativity and aesthetic sensitivity. Many a graduate student has come to grief when they discover, after a decade of being told they were “good at math,” that in fact they have no real mathematical talent and are just very good at following directions. Math is not about following directions, it’s about making new directions.


Lockhart, Paul (2009-04-01). A Mathematician's Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form (pp. 30-31). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

I'm not far into the book, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. I recommend it to anyone who loves math, hates math, teaches math, and makes policy about education.

Thanks to Quirkie for this idea! And now for a little pay it forward crafting style:
The first three people to comment on this post will receive a little gift - something personal from me to you. Within 2 months I'll create something unique to share with the first three people to comment on this post. But in order to receive your present you have to play along.

Spread the love on your own blog promising to send a little special something to the first three people who comment on your post. You get 72 hours to re-post, or I'll have to move on to the next person. Please only comment if you're willing to pay it forward. If you want to receive something unique from me in the mail and if you are willing to do the same for others, leave a comment below!

Please leave your email address so that I can contact you directly! And blog URL so that I and others can visit your blog! Again, I want to emphasize that please only comment if you're willing to pay it forward. Nobody likes a taker.

Who's down for paying it forward craft style?

You may, of course, comment (please do!), just don't enter the giveaway if you're not interested!

Once again, I'm joining Ginny and Tami this week.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Xavier Speaks

"I like to think of the immune system as the body's lab. I just picture the body in there whipping up medicine for all your little needs."

This was, of course, due to the fact that I am sick today.

At lunch, I told him he should give the leftovers to his "poor, sick mom."

To which he replied, "You don't have a man cold."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Weaving


I'm definitely still a beginner. Look at those borders! I'm also definitely absolutely thrilled with my rug. I made it out of our old jeans! Isn't it cool? I need to make one to go the other direction, but we're out of jeans. I guess it's time for a trip to Goodwill.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Aim

Dear Favorite Youngest Child,

Your shorts, for the last three nights, have landed approximately three feet from the laundry basket. Perhaps you should work on your aim.

Love,
Your Favorite Mom

Monday, September 10, 2012

Too True

Today, I made Dominic some awesome granola bars. They're similar to a kind that have a lot of fiber in them, but without all the things he's allergic to- corn, soy, and rice.

As he was eating them, he started a monologue that went something like this, "The only reason companies use corn and soy oil instead of olive oil is because it's cheaper. I mean, it's okay to have some corn and soy, but not as much as we, as a society, have every day."

All true, but what made me laugh was his, "we, as a society." I can't imagine where he got that line. *ahem*

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week in Review 2-9-2012

We started reading The Blue Sword this week. I have been trying to get my kids to read this book for 5 years. It was one of my favorite books as a kid, and is still one of my favorite children's books. I finally got tired of waiting for them to read it and started reading it to them. By the end of the first chapter, they were begging me to keep reading. That's about how it goes at this house.

Something Dominic, Gabriel, and I learned from Xavier this week: A neutron star is incredibly dense. 1 teaspoon of a neutron star weighs about 5.5 billion tons!

I'm working to adjust the boys' work loads. I think the hardest thing as a homeschool mom is figuring out how much work is enough, but not too much. I think I tend to assign Gabriel too much work. We're working on it.


We did some art.


We did some reading. Okay, we did a lot of reading. The older two boys are reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy as part of their English. It's a very nice unit study because it's all already done for me. This is the first time I've had that.



This week, we studied the Panama Canal and locks. We started by watching Extreme Engineering
: Season 1, Episode 7 "Widening the Panama Canal." We drew various aspects of locks and canals. We read about canals and locks, and finally, they built their own locks. 

Xavier designed the locks, and they built them together. I was quite impressed by his design. I think it would have worked even better if he had used an impervious material.



He implemented a water recycling/holding area to conserve water, a problem the design team for the Panama canal is trying to solve. (This was one of the solutions they suggested.) His holding area is at the bottom of the picture.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

15 Years

15 years ago, Gary went downstairs upon awaking. My mother asked if I was still sleeping. When Gary replied that I'd been up many times during the night throwing up, with stomach cramps, and taking baths, she said, "What? She's in labor!" Ah, that's what happens when you've been sick your entire pregnancy. You don't realize you're in labor.

10 hours later, Gabriel was born. He was a skinny little monkey. Today he's still skinny, but not so little. He's stoic, goofy, punny, and full of interesting facts. He loves to walk, laugh, and talk. He is almost a man, and he acts like it. I am so incredibly proud of him, and so thankful for having him in my life.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What a Difference a Day Makes







We started school yesterday. Our rhythm was way off. Granted, it had been many months since formal school has been done at this house. It will take a while to get our rhythm down. 

Yesterday, Dominic had a bit of a grouchy morning, and spent the morning helping Gary install a water filter instead of doing schoolwork. As a result, he didn't get done doing school until about 3:30. Xavier finished at about 5:30. Gabriel didn't finish until 7. This will all get better. Some of finding our rhythm is me figuring out how much time each subject requires and adjusting our schedules accordingly. 

Today, Dominic was done with schoolwork by 11:30. Xavier finished at 12:15. Gabriel is still working, but he too will finish earlier. He has Greek class today, or he would finish significantly earlier. I'll be interested to see how long it takes him.

PS. Do you see that pile of Nerf guns in the last picture? That's probably 1/2 our Nerf guns, and certainly doesn't include any of our big ones. We're planning a Nerf war, one of the things on two of my children's bucket lists.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Back to School Pictures



Other people take pictures of their children and post them gratuitously for all the world to see.
I take pictures of my children, print them out, and have them cut them up.


Then, I have them trade pieces of their faces.


I have them paint and color all over the pieces.


Then, I glue them back together.


And just for fun, I make the adults participate in the art making.

This project was inspired by the way I could only see 1/4 of my face in the mirror of my visor while driving down the road.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Victory


I worked out three weeks in a row. Sure, I had to stop midway through my workout on the 20th, which was extremely frustrating, but I'll take it. Every time I am physically able to workout is a victory. This is just icing on the cake. And this doesn't even show the two times I ran this week!

Also, I beat the rest of my family in a game of Risk. I like that.

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