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Otaku.

10 Sep

Once a month I’ll be taking my kids to a local library for Otaku Anime Club. My daughters (mostly the oldest) are obsessed with anime, mangas and Japanese culture. I thought it would be a great club for them to join. It would also take care of some of that pesky socializing that non-homeschooling people tend to worry about.

Their first meeting was Saturday. It was to last an hour and a half and I figured I’d get some work done for ABH and let the boy and little one mingle with the kids in the children’s section. When we arrived, there were only two people there. Two teen boys that were very otaku anime typical. I mean, I couldn’t have pictured them any other way. SM even told me they argued over what was better…Netflix or Hulu and other geeky stuffz. Anyway, they started introductions and the little ones and I went about our way.

 

I really wanted to go medieval on a few of the little kids that were playing in the children’s section. Their parents dropped them off and they were acting as if they were at the playground. Outdoors. In some underdeveloped country. Uh. The librarian came over a few times to quiet them down. I gave her a look to let her know that they definitely weren’t with me. RS read a few books, and NK gave the stink eye to a kid for 20 minutes before deciding to try to play with her.

I got no work done. Figures. After an hour and a half, I went to see if the girls were ready. The lights were out in the room and they were watching some anime that I couldn’t recognize because they all look the same to me. I know. Blasphemy. I figured they started a bit late and may have needed more time, so I went back to the Hell’s Angels in the children’s section. After 5 minutes I couldn’t take it anymore, and moved the Littles close to a table of boys playing a Dungeons and Dragons card game. They were less rambunctious and my tension eased.

20 more minutes passed and the fact that food was calling my name sent me to check on the girls again. Still watching?? I had enough and risked embarrassing them. When I opened the door, there were 3 boys near the front of the room and my girls sitting in the WAY back together. WHAT? This is NOT socializing. I waved them over and they said goodbye to the club supervisor and kids. Once outside I complained that they could have done THAT at home. I mean, they were watching a show that we could have watched on Netflix, and they were sitting together. =/

They said they still enjoyed themselves and want to go back next month. Not sure what for? Maybe they’ll open up next month. Geez.

Stay tuned for our adventures in bowling. I’m putting together a bowling league for the homeschoolers in our area. So far there are 15 kids interested. This could get messy.

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I’ve Got an Excuse.

12 Aug

WARNING: THIS POST WILL BE EXTREMELY RANDOM. And I likely won’t proofread because I’m in a rush.

I haven’t posted in a while, and there’s really a good excuse this time. I’m trying to get this year’s lesson plans done (well, at least the first month). Summer learning is coming to an end, and while I didn’t do a great job of keeping what we did updated around here, we definitely learned some great things. I do have a lot of drafts written up, mostly not related to homeschooling, and one day I’ll get to them for publishing.

Anyway, here we are in August (almost mid August) and I’m knee deep in lesson planning. I’ve also been working from home (2+ jobs). That keeps me pretty busy. I’ve felt like there was no time for fun (for me), but you wouldn’t say that if you saw what went down in this house yesterday evening. Let’s just say, it involved mom (me) riding a toddler toy, wearing rain boots, drinking a Capri Sun, popping wheelies, and doing donuts. Oh, and lots of screaming. Hmmm. My daughter said there should have been video evidence, and I’m kind of glad there isn’t.

About those jobs? I love them. I just wish I could get more hours with them. I especially love anything related to homeschooling and community, and one of them is.

I haven’t been on any social networks this week, which is hard, but not the end of the world. Actually, when I say social networks, I just mean Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I’m just now realizing how much time I wasted on them. My spouse and I were taking a break from them to see if we’d spend more time talking to each other. I’m finding I have more time to do things around the house (like donuts in the living room). I do think this is a very good thing, and when my month is over, I hope to use the networks much less. I hated mindlessly scrolling through reading updates. I do miss my news though! My weatherman posted there regularly and I’m finding myself searching for weather info on the boob tube. And it’s actually harder to get weather reports there. Go figure.

I’m not on Facebook to wish anyone a happy birthday, so if I miss you…I’m sorry. I should probably have you all in my contacts so that I could actually email, text or call anyway. Humph.

Yesterday I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with the kids. Oh boy do they say “sh!t” a lot. The movie is definitely PG13, but I’d probably say more PG15 for my house. 🙂 There was even one f-bomb. I’ve gotten more lenient with language. They know what’s appropriate or not. I’m still very hard when it comes to sex. They think it’s hilarious that I make comments like, ugh…how long are they going to kiss. Sheesh. Kissing is fine…total tongue downs make me cringe.

Remember the contest I did last month? Well the winner received her book. I wish she had posted here to say that, but she did email me:

Hi Robin,

I forgot to let you know that we recieved the book! Thanks again!!

Katie

You are very welcome Katie! I like contests! I’d like to do another, but I don’t have anything to giveaway right now. LOL. Soon. Soon.

 

I know this post was all over the place and hardly organized, but I did warn you. I’ll be back in the next few days because I have many more random things to talk about…

I’m a Teacher.

1 Jun

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.

-Alexandra K. T.

This is absolutely my teaching and parenting philosophy. Of course there are exceptions. Some things have a clear right or wrong answer. For things that don’t, I give them the tools to draw their own conclusions. I try not to influence their opinions too much. My older children are 14, 12 and almost 10. They have been provided with a solid foundation of what’s right or wrong. Now they can decide the grey matter on their own. Obviously they are still young, and may still need guidance, but I honestly don’t want my children to be carbon copies of me (although sometimes it’s like looking in a mirror with my daughters). I want them to have their own minds and their own opinions.

I don’t usually discuss religion outside of my household. My views probably won’t mesh well with many other’s views. The problem with this is that, while I can accept everyone’s views and be perfectly fine with it, a lot of them won’t accept mine.

In my house, I teach religion. What religion? All of them.

Blasphemy. I know.

We do primarily focus on Christianity since it’s the one that I’m most familiar with, but I think I am doing my children a disservice by not allowing them to know about the other religions. Why do people choose to be Christian? Muslim? That’s something we might discuss.

We are currently reading Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History. I love the stories in this book. Then we may go on to A Concise History of Buddhism. Is it wrong to study more than one religion? To know and understand where religion came from? To know the whys, whos, and whats? I don’t think so.

I also teach creation and evolution. The horror. 🙂

What do you think? Should children be presented with the whole story? Or should a parent only feed them what they want them to know?

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