1. Julie Geoffrion

    The pic says, “The grass is greener on the inside” hahaha – those animals are cute.
    I like the flip chart – that is a great idea for parts of speech.
    I’ll be honest – I tend to just want to jump right into school and not do any “fun” stuff to start with lol. This year we will do art on Friday mornings along with our quizzes. I have the Rod & Staff art program to follow.
    Great ideas for the “brain breaks” although Tim has them all throughout the morning when he stops to talk to me :).
    Have always been grateful that our children have not suffered from skin conditions but I’m saving this just in case and have shared it with a friend 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Last year I was struggling so much with my 7-year-old because while he is infinitely capable of sitting still for an hour to read a book, when it came to spending 5 minutes doing math problems or writing spelling words… not so much. So I instituted the practice that if he did a subject *Without Whining* he got a 5-minute break. He could do 2 or 3 in a row and bank up 10 or 15 minutes if he wanted to. We’re doing that again this year, and it’s still working — he gets time to play Legos or run around outside or whatever it is that he needs to do, and then when his timer goes off, back he comes a bit refreshed. Also gives me time to prep science experiments or whatever else might be needed, or work 1-on-1 with my Kindergartener without him around to distract her.

    Love the picture! I feel that way often, when I’m doing a mundane chore and I’ve got 3 kids going, “What’re you doing? Why are you doing it that way? Can we do that too?”

    • Little boys and movement – you can’t escape the fact that it’s a physical need they have. 🙂 When I let Micah run laps (our house is nicely set up for indoor laps 🙂 ) he will run until he can’t run another step. It’s amazing how much better his brain works after a hard run.
      My favourite is when I’m doing something like folding laundry and they come up and say, “What’re you doing?” That’s when my sarcastic gene kicks in and I say something like, “Cooking supper. What does it look like?”

      • Another sarcastic mama! I could hug you. Because I do that same thing fairly often — they ask me what I’m doing when it’s very obvious what I’m doing, or when I’ve repeatedly told them what I’m going to do, so I will say something completely different because… they have eyes and ears and need to use them.

        We have “the racetrack” in our house that serves that same purpose, and sometimes I make Sam do jumping jacks because a) they wear him out faster than running because the boy can run forever, and b) he’s super cute doing jumping jacks and it makes me giggle.

        • I learned my sarcasm from the best – my mom. 🙂 Sometimes I think they talk just to hear themselves, and since I hear them all. the. time. I’m not interested in listening to unfiltered questions.
          I should try jumping jacks with Micah. He’d probably get giggly. Then I would. Laughing together is always good for lifting the spirits. That’s what I love about your own children. They can irritate you to death, and then they do something that makes you laugh in spite of your anger/frustration, and the situation is relieved.

          • Whaddaya know? I inherited it from my mom too! Though I refined it thanks to a deeply sarcastic college roommate.

            I don’t like the kind of sarcasm that makes people feel bad, though. Just the kind that points out that hey, if you’d been using your brain, you wouldn’t have needed to ask that question. Like Bernardo O’Reilly in The Magnificent Seven: “I’m doing this because I’m an eccentric millionaire.”

            (Funny thing is, my mom doesn’t think she’s sarcastic.)

          • My mom totally admits to her sarcasm. I have one sister who has perfected it to an art, and I do think it is an art. There is a fine line between pointing out a brainless moment and totally hurting someone’s feelings.

          • It is indeed a fine art, being sarcastic without being mean. It saddens me that so many people (my mother-in-law included) equate all sarcasm with meanness and despise it. Oh well.

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