Thursday, April 3, 2008

Home Education Week - Day 5

Show off those talents. Share a story, a special moment, a piece of artwork. Any accomplishment, great or small, is fair game.

Cool, it's "Show and Tell"! And I get to talk about the cool stuff I do!

1. I write.
I hope that one didn't come as a shock to you, because I'd be very concerned if I caused you any undo emotional distress. I have a blog (I know, another shocker!) that I enjoy writing in tolerably often (sorry, that's the way I talk after I've spent a few days immersed in Jane Austen). I have one story published under my name in the book I'm Glad I'm a Mom (which is awesome and you totally need to read it. the book. not necessarily my story) and lots of technical writing that does not have my name anywhere on it. Around the time that the book was being published, my daughter K was working her her entry for the Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. She came to me in tears once because *she* wasn't published and everyone in the whole world couldn't read her stories. The whole writing thing is obviously something I've managed to pass on to at least one of my kids.

2. I craft.
I *love* to do anything that involves a glue gun, paper, ribbon, painting, etc. I hate to spend money on something I could do just as well or better *and* have the joy of making and personalizing it. Things like the Quiet Families and sewing and paper crafts. My project for tomorrow is making huge button pins with K's picture and softball team name to wear to her games. A lady came around last night at practice offering some really plain ones for sale and, being me, I figured I could do something cooler and cheaper on my own. So I made a quick run to the craft store, bought some button supplies, and that will be our homeschool art project for tomorrow. You've got to love homeschool.

3. I come up with cool games for when school gets in a boring rut.
I've posted about a scavenger hunt and I once did a chocolate lottery where I wrapped tiny chocolate bars in paper with each subject written on the inside and we did the subjects in order of being drawn and the kids get to eat chocolate all morning. That's the stuff that makes my kids think I'm a very cool teacher.

4. I wake up in the middle of the night and write blog posts when I can't go back to sleep and I'm suffering from yet another bout with a stomach virus.
Oh wait, that's not actually a talent. That's just my current state. Ad I think I'm about to put me and my stomach back to bed in hopes that I can claim a little more sleep before the sun and the girls get up.

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Julie said...

[I wake up in the middle of the night and write blog posts] I do this too. I also stay up late and write. My husband travels, a lot. When he is gone, I power blog and save entries so that I can post them on days I don't get computer time. I don't get nearly enough sleep. Not long ago, I forgot to set my alarm and my daughter had to come and wake me up so that we could do school. She asked me why I was still in bed... and then said, "Ohhh... do you still need Daddy to tell you when it is time to go to bed? I go to bed when I am tired."

Hanley Family said...

Great post! And I, too, am a late night blogger. Actually, when I can't sleep, I compose blog posts in my head, too...but I can't ever remember any of the great things I think of in the morning.

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