Archive for 2010

lego mania again

The kids are really into building ships with the Legos lately. Isaac was also wondering if Lego Transformers would be possible and got to work creating his own Lego Transformer that transformed with minimal piece…shall I say “transplants” or “swapping”?

I missed snapping photos of the Transformer but here are a few ships…

Xander build (for Isaac)…

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Simon build…

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Xander build (for himself)…I like the guy sweeping off the deck.

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A.C Gilbert’s house children’s museum

A much needed outing today. The kid’s and I drove down to Salem to check out the A.C. Gilbert’s House. It was unbelievably cool! Closing time seemed to creep up on us way too fast so we’ll be making another trip soon.

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Microscopic look at bug wings.

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We needed Jason for this dinosaur build. It was a bit complicated for us!

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Checking out Chinese money.

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Isaac

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Xander is six

We had a little food, a little cake and a little friend time to celebrate Xander’s sixth birthday.

Xander is walking on cloud 9 with all of his Bionicles and Lego Ben 10 stuff. The kids wasted no time assembling them.

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If you’ve followed past birthdays you know how awesome my cake making skills are. This bad boy was three layers high and leaning enough to make me check the fridge several times before its debut. I was sure it was going to fall over and be plastered to the milk jug…but it did manage to stay upright.

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The kids played the heck out of the Moonsand…

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Did some bead design…

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It was a very nice, relaxing evening. I don’t mean to brag but we do have the best family and friends:P

What a boy

Gotta love that dirty face. My friend Lisa just sent me this pic. I love it! thank you!

Simon

Happy New Year!

The kids have been declining haircuts so this is the awesome shagginess we have now. It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out over the year:D

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I love this action shot of Xander’s mane flying back.

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It was recently discovered that Xander (turning six in three days) knows how to read! We have a computer for each of us in our family “computer room” and I could hear Xander reading aloud all of the instructions to create an account for a game.

I sent him a few instant messages to see if he could read it and he did! It just boggles my mind.

Maybe more so because I was just listening to a program on NPR about a school trying to work with their problem with illiteracy amongst the grade school kids. All I could find is this one but it also talks about the problem. It seems the biggest discussion is methodology for teaching.

Actually if I read into that article my kids are learning to read because Jason and I are educated and not poor…hmm.

All I know is we leave them alone to direct their own activities throughout the day, answer questions as they come up and voila(!) they learn to read and write with no teaching at all. No discussion on phonics vs. whole words, no money spent on curriculum and no homework.

The most important thing, I believe, is answering the questions. It sounds simple enough but kids ask a lot of questions.

They seem to know exactly what they need for their own learning. It’s amazing!