Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Evil Soccer Mom

Yes, I am a horrible Soccer Mom. I dared to serve those impressionable young children vegetables for snack. Yes, at our second to last game, after being thoroughly disgusted all year with such thoughtful snacks as Go-gurt (funny thread about the ingredients in Go-gurt), Rolos (!), and these disgusting little "cookie bites" that had a gram and a half of trans fat in each 100-calorie pack (because putting 6 heart-attack cookies in a 100-Calorie pack makes it healthy), I finally got fed up and bought little lunch packs of organic carrots & dip and celery & peanut butter. I usually compromise with little packs of organic goldfish type crackers or organic dried fruit bars, but my kids are sick. The last thing they need after an hour of running around exercising is a lot of sugar and salt, much less all those artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and high-fructose corn syrup that the "other" snacks have. Oh the looks I got, lol. They all just stood there looking at me like, "Is that all you have??" and this one girl was staring at me like I had three heads. Her mom is the one who brought the Rolos. ;) Thankfully, my kids weren't the ones giving me those looks. They were actually thrilled that I had bought something prepackaged and compartmentalized! Next season, I'm seriously considering telling everyone that my children are allergic to corn and can't have anything with HFCS in it. ;) It's feasible. Really! My mom is severely allergic to corn. Just the smell of popcorn popping in a movie theater will give her a killer headache. Anyway, reluctantly climbing off my soapbox here...

Cameron did another segment of Spelling Time this morning and then breezed through the work in his SWO workbook. That program is really paying off. Next we did Grammar: reviewing person nouns again (move on already) and a new poem for memorization. I actually combined three lessons today. Cassia is still getting common and proper nouns mixed up, but Cam's got it down. They both have the definition of a noun memorized too. I tried to just skip the noun review lessons but I can't. It's totally funny, as I pick up FLL and start flipping to the right page they both start in with, "A noun is the name of a person, place, thing or idea. A noun is the name..." and repeat it three times, lol. Then Cameron will start in with "A common noun is the name of a boy, a girl, a baby, or a chicken!" or whatever else comes to mind. Funny kids. :)

Phonics was next. It went ok. He didn't want to do it. I was annoyed the whole time. The usual.

Math was a review section and I definitely think some more work is needed with this whole borrowing and carrying thing. I have to look through the book and see how much more it comes up and how fast things move on after the next section on measurement, but I think we'll spend the rest of this week, at least, doing some extra practice pages.

For History we finished off the rest of our Middle Eastern folk tales with The Tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves by Eric Kimmel and the last story in our Arabian Nights book, Ubar, The Lost City of Brass. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the read alouds from this section and ...drumroll please... this is the first time we've actually read all the library books that I've brought home on a subject, lol. So, now that we've had some exposure to some good old fashioned blood and guts, I think Cameron may finally be past his big aversion to being read to. Don't get me wrong, he protests, but he is really listening and enjoying the stories. Of course now they're going to go around quartering each other, I'm sure, but that's all part of the Classical Education, no? ;)

OK, I've got a million things to do before tomorrow and I need to get the kiddos in bed. Sweet dreams to all. :)


G said...

Gee thanks. Yes, I'm more of a dork than you.. guess that's what I get for growing up with a chem & physics teacher for a father and a lit & math teacher for a mom. And, some of those questions weren't fair. Yes, I own a TI-83 calculator, with graphing capabilities, because I'm taking algebra. So there! ;)

Yeah, I was the soccer mom that brought such snacks as watermelon slices, organic raisins....

In our house it seems to be more Cassia that has an aversion to being read to!

Hey, what do your kids (and you) like for lunch?

~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

Actually, salty snacks help the body absorb liquids so they're the perfect snack after exercising. :) Said by the mother who brings junk food b/c the kids like it... and I dont' want to pay for something they're not going to eat.

Pixilated Mum said...

I'm bipolar with our snacks ... We'll do something superhealthy then have a not-so-great snack, too, as an offering. For parties and stuff, I just realized that kids LOVE to dip. Dip chips into salsa. Dip veggies into ranch dressing. Whatevah. We're dippy. LOL

Rad about reading all your library books. And ROFL about the Classical Ed being so, uhm, violent. After we read about Shamshi Adad, my kids kept pretending to chop off heads and put them on spikes. YOIKS.

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LisaWA said...

Good for you! I like that you went against the "norm" soccer mom snacks!

Great job mom!