• playing history taboo, he got a wee bit excited when he figured it out and yelled, "The Decapitation of Prague!" (That would be "defenestration", but he got it after I started laughing.)
• when promising to do his writing work as soon as we got home, "I swear upon my honor is that good enough!"
• with imaginary pistol and lots of vigor… chasing sea gulls.
• asking, "Can you read some Star Wars or are you trashed for bed?" (After we laughed and explained how trashed is usually used, he continued…) "So that got enough energy into you to do it please?"
• overhearing me say to Andrew something about a playful, teasing compliment being perhaps in a depreciating tone, Cameron called over, "If you're being sarcastic with Mom, JUST TELL HER!"
• responding to his dad's teasing about all the spicy foods we could include in dinners with a dead pan, "You're fired as a dad." He added after the laughs, "Not really."
• Sprinting to the stairs yelling "Frisbee for action!" and then explaining how he was going to defend me from a burglar by throwing a foam frisbee at him.
• asking "Could you write me any skip the dinner for free cards?" (Perhaps a wee bit too much fun in iPad Monopoly?)
• looking at his bowl of soup that didn't seem to be getting smaller and commenting, "This soup is having a reincarnation problem." (Um, no that would be he was tinkering with legos and not eating, but it was an amusing use of the word I'd just explained that morning during his myth class!)
• expertly putting together the multiple pieces of a word problem and then declaring, "So now we have our interaction party!" (And then verbally acted out of the various steps with drama.)
• setting serial timers for himself to monitor his iPad playing
• stating "I'll collapse when I'm done." and proceeding to run 80 laps around my parents house before bed time... ya, just a little energy.
• after I'd mentioned hearing the stomping for several minutes told me he hadn't been sitting and focusing while brushing his teeth, he grinned and told me, "No, I was marching around my room and thinking about the French Revolution." (Is it any wonder he looses focus on doing a thorough job! He literally marches to the beat of a different drummer... challenging and delightful :) )
• "Of course every concoction needs chocolate chips!" (Responding to an incredulous look when describing his latest meal concoction of tomato soup, cream, dolhma insides, and... chocolate chips.)
• after a teasing guilt trip from my dad, Cameron responded with this elaborate compliment and then proceeded to tell us through his laughter that he wanted to keep up the "drama".
• playing clue, "I suggest Grandpa did it with his compassionate candle stick!"
• responding to the query if his philosophy of life was "eat drink and be merry" with, "No, video games, Calvin and Hobbes, and staying home."
• playful teasing, he grabbed my bra and kept meowing like a cat. When I responded "Let go of my Bra, Azriel", he replied, "All right gargoyle!" (Um, he hasn't watched Smurfs in awhile, so his take on "Gargamel" was a bit off.)
• getting hungry while the hippos were snoring in his Dance Mat Typing computer program, he spent all week referring to the feeling of hunger as the "hippos' curse"
• pondering after he'd thrown a pencil in frustration, "I need a better way of expressing my last straw." (It's awesome that he can contain this kind of thing at school. We're working on those better expressions at home where he feels more comfortable. This was the first time I heard him pondering on his own and it was cute that he added part of an idiom :) )
• dictating a fun thank you to my parents :)
Thank you for inviting us to your house. One of my favorite parts was being on the scooter. I liked the speed and being able to go around the neighborhood. Particular hills that were very steep and just places to go were great. I liked playing UNO the most with Grandpa. I like how dramatic Grandpa is when it comes to UNO Attack, like patting the machine when it doesn't give you cards and when it does just scowling at it. I also liked the Clue game because you're really good at it and I really had to think about it. You said your suggestions with such intensity like the person had done a real murder and you were upset about it; that drama was particularly fun. You might not have seen it, but I was pooped after those a hundred laps and when I got home, no, I did not do 111 laps, I only did 30. But, I don't think I wanted to do 111 laps after how exhausted I was. Rooney was a good dog and I like him. I mean "Is a good dog"; it's not like he's dead already. I like that he's nice and good to pet. Thanks again!
• these two history smiles:
We've had a double dose of history delights! First, the Dawes Plan? Where America basically sent money to Germany so Germany could send it to Britain and France so Britain and France could send it back to America... well, my kiddo was listening to me read The Great Brain last night. The Great Brain rigs this plan where the allowance money is going in a circle so that he gets all his money back and doesn't have to do the chores. My kiddo declared that The Great Brain was like Germany and this was the Dawes Plan of Adenville, Utah! How's that for learning from history! Yay for History at Our house!
Then, we did long division! Oh, what a morning of giggles! He decided to make it more interesting by describing attacks of numbers early on in the division as pyrrhic victories as he continued down the seven digit number! Enjoy the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkcVpqsHGU4&feature=youtu.be and smiles of a kid who really loves to show off his knowledge :)
This is the video description I posted: We've been integrating all my eight year old's math knowledge by having him do everything from fractions with finding a common denominator to exponents (we just started talking in more depth about decimals throughout arithmetic, so that's a newer skill) and then, the goal was proper ordering of the results from lowest to highest (including negative numbers). Here he chooses to make long division more exciting by turning it into a battle!
• and dictating this letter to his prior teacher / classmates in Washgington:
Dear Mrs. Kier and her scholars,
Thank you for the letters book! I like how it was so organized and it was beautiful, even in black and white form! To answer some of your questions, I don't have a pet yet, but I'm going to get twenty pet ants and then I'll have lots of pets. I'm getting twenty ants for an ant farm and to watch it on the kitchen counter. I'm living on Laurel Road in the Santa Cruz mountains in California. No, I don't like hamsters, but I've never met one so I don't like them, but I don't necessarily hate them. No, I don't have a lap top, but I do have an iPad that I bought from my dad! I'm not used to having the iPad yet, I'm not used to it being mine, so I usually try to do good time with it. There are lots of games I like on there. I'm trying to use it not too much and not too little. My school is Vine Hill Elementary and I like it. Now, I'm doing "Mommy School". Mommy School is just school at home. For math I do, decimals, parentheses, multiplication, division, exponents, fractions, percentages and negative numbers. For writing, I'm telling my mom how to make certain things out of legos… writing down all the steps. You remember Dance Mat at school? I've gotten up to the Yak level in typing. The Yak level is the first animal in level three. I'm also listening to this guy called Rufus Fears who's really an expert at talking about myths and he's a country famous history teacher. We watch a video for thirty minutes of him doing his thing. I also listen to a history class on European history. My favorite part so far is the Hapsburg sandwich. I think it's not Hamburg because there's a city in Germany called Hamburg. Sometimes, I run around and play on the deck which is big. I usually pretend something, make up this game where it's basically one player and I make up the other players. In a real game with real people it would take four people with four weapons and each person would play separately. I like Calvin and Hobbes a lot. Sometimes, I spend over an hour reading Calvin and Hobbes on Dad's bed!
This summer, I finished lego camp a few days ago. It was basically practicing making a basic lego car, windmill, and golf putter through one whole week of stuff. There was one whole part about how to program the legos to do what you want. There were lots and lots of sensors. There was even a lego brick that's like you're arm. I liked the motors; that's what moved them. Soon, I'm going to have a chess camp and fencing, somewhere in the summer at least.
Oh my, there are a lot of banana slugs around here. A lot of weeks ago, I found a lot of slave ants running everywhere and I found one banana slug and the ants were getting stuck in the banana slug slime. A banana slug is just basically a slug that is pale yellow and can be really short or really long in banana slug form (but long is more likely). Putting their slime on your fingers is like putting super glue on your fingers and then trying to get it off. It sticks really well! You have to wash it off with a dish rag with water on it and it takes awhile!
Thank you again!
|Climbing on a eucalyptus log at the beach|
|Reveling in the fact that I was nervous and he wasn't|