Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ Category

George Washington vs. Washington Street

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

On Independence Day we watched the musical 1776 from the 1970s.

Levi was in and out of the room while we watched the movie.  I really didn’t concern myself with how much he watched.  It wasn’t on for educational purposes.

Later that evening we watched the fireworks at Minnetrista in Muncie.  As we left and went through downtown Muncie and Levi was loaded up with Caffeine.  He was chattering about everything he saw.  Think Kurt Vonnegut on crack.  He then read a sign saying Washington Street and then started asking if George Washington was on the bus next to us.  I was shocked.  George Washington was several times mentioned in the movie earlier that day, but never was the word Washington written out.  The phonics first method seems to produce astounding results linking the verbal and written aspects of language.  I wish I could take credit for it.  Starfall has been the main resource teaching the boys to read.  I will write more in detail later about what we use for Phonics.  You may wish to look at Levi, Reading and Starfall.

Levi still insisted George Washington was riding on that bus.

Fun and Learning: Meet the Elements

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

We are always looking for resources to further our children’s education. We found a band named They Might be Giants and their album “Here comes science.” Today I am sharing the video called Meet the Elements.  They do a lot of songs and videos that are interesting and accurate. This music video is catchy, intelligent and well done. Enjoy.


The Pond View

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

The boys looking into a pond

Last Friday, we took a trip to the Lost Bridge State Recreation Area.  We arrived around 5:00 p.m.  The sun was beginning to set.  We took a flashlight just in case it got dark before we returned to our car.  Levi initially did not want to go on the hike.  After a while he started to enjoy himself and played in the leaves.

We also observed two deer,a buck and a doe.  Levi yelled at them and scared them off.  Still they were pretty close.  The view in the woods and off of the pond around sunset is quite simply amazing.  The trail has markers.  Both boys started counting them down from 16 to 1 (we walked the trail “backwards”).  It is amazing what they pick up and learn by themselves without prompting.  Opportunities to learn are everywhere.

We finally cleared the woods and arrived at the pond as the sun was setting.  The boys wanted to go out onto the dock on the pond.  They took some leaves and tossed them in and watched them float.  We spent some time there on the cool and quiet water letting the boys observe and experiment.

We finally returned to the trail as twilight arrived, and we used the flashlight briefly as we returned the van.  It was a fun hike in the woods for us and the kids.  I look forward to doing this more often in the future.

Still on the Road and Horsing Around

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Daddy leading a pony with Levi riding

The family is still in Tennessee.  We took the boys for pony rides way out in the country.

We visited the Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo near Sevierville, TN.  It is a nice horse farm and petting zoo.  It’s about 15 minutes from Pigeon Forge.

It was nice and cool day today here in Tennessee.  I led both boys for a pony ride.  Isaac didn’t like it and we took only one walk around the circle.  He wanted down half way through the track and wouldn’t hold on.

I took Levi next on the “big pony” as he called it.  Levi was a little scared at first, but after he petted the pony he really enjoyed himself.

This is our last night in Tennessee.  It’s been fun.  I look forward to returning home and back to normal.

Taking It on the Road – Gatlinburg, TN

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

The boys playing with the pool table

Greetings y’all.  We are in a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  This is will be a short post after the long drive.  We are taking a family vacation for a few days.

Along the drive was plenty of interesting scenery.  All three kids enjoyed looking out the window at mountains, signs and other interesting things along the way.  We do not have rear DVD players or a lot of toys.  The boys didn’t care.  They slept some of the time and looked out the window other times while they talked about what they were looking at out the windows.

This is our first family vacation outside of our home state of Indiana.  So far the kids are having fun and learning about nature and reading signs.

It Takes Teamwork

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Boys Coloring Together

With two boys that are 17 months apart, it gets pretty wild at times.  They like to mess with each other or work together in their water works projects.  Once in a while they will sit down and do something quiet and constructive like coloring.

In a rare moment, I was able to get a photo of the boys coloring together.  It is just like our parenting and homeschooling; they also require teamwork.

Mandi and I try to work together in raising our kids.  For years that meant one coming home as the other went to work or dropping off or picking the boys at the babysitter.  Thankfully those years are over. Raising and educating three children is a challenge and will require teamwork to be successful.  Just like the boys coloring together, it takes teamwork.

Sometimes You Have to Have Fun

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Naomi having fun swinging at the park

It’s Monday. As you read, the family has been under the weather a bit.  I thought I would post a picture of Naomi having fun swinging rather than writing another review.  Having kids can be fun.

We try to get to the city park twice a week, so the kids can play outside with other kids of a similar age.  Also, on the drive home, they tire and eventually go to sleep.

The play area has a thick rubber mat and plastic slides so kids don’t hurt themselves.  These are not like those metal death traps we flew down as kids to a concrete and gravel ground.  I recall dumping water down the slides to go down even faster.  It is I wonder I ever made to my thirties.

It’s a nice day here in Indiana.  It has been a crazy and busy day at work.  I hope to get out tonight with the kids to have fun.  Like the title says sometimes you have to have fun.  Have great evening everyone.

Update:  The boys fell asleep until almost dark.  Oh well.  Perhaps another night.

Our Kids: The Reason It Is Worth It

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Isaac pouring sand on Levi as Naomi watches

Kids can be A LOT of work as any parent will say.  A common comment I hear is that parents can’t wait till their kids go to preschool or kindergarten.

I guess on one hand I can understand.  Mandi and I need to get away from the kids occasionally.  On the other hand, we chose to have these children, and care deeply for them.  I want to spend time with my kids and help them become productive adults.  I know soon enough will come the day I will be helping each of them move out.  I say why shove them out the door any sooner than necessary?

We have made sacrifices and decisions over that last four years to see this happen.  That is OK, as most parents make sacrifices for their offspring.  In the process, we have also found a better life for our family.  Does homeschooling work for everyone?  Probably not.

As the picture shows, kids can be work and a lot of fun too.  Levi didn’t enjoy getting the sand shower as much as Isaac enjoyed giving it.  Naomi was sure entertained though.

I don’t know how at all the next twenty or so years will end up.  I do know whatever happens we will raise and teach our kids on our terms and be responsible for the outcome.  In my view that it is all worth it.