Tuesday, Day 4
I needed to pick up a freecycle item in Cary. I remembered that Cary also has one of the nicest train stations in the area—and Zach really, really loves trains. They were still sick-ish, low fever and snot, but they’d have to lick a person in the eye to spread it. Which is how I decided to go to the train station after my pickup.
Instead of being punk’D, I was ADHD’ d and managed to insult the game-playing stranger. If a clinical definition for social Tourette’s Syndrome doesn’t already exist, it should. I don’t even remember how I managed to transition an innocuous conversation about plane vs train travel into a Yankee crack. In Cary. Cary, the city that is (lovingly) referred to as the Corral Area for Relocated Yankees. Thankfully, the train arrived soon after, saved by the…whistle?
In the afternoon Zach and I made play dough. I even let him stir it on the hot stove stove, with burner on super low.
Oh gracious, he could have burned himself! What if he ended up in the ER. Said with all of the Southern-ness of, Bless your heart, you moron. Why ever would you let let your 3.5 near the hot stove?)
I have to constantly remind myself (and a few others) that Zach is not as spastic as Elliot. Activities that Elliot can’t do–both because he’s Elliot and he’s only 18 months old–Zach can do, just fine.
Also, for anyone who thinks that homeschooled kids don’t learn as much as schooled children…let me point out a few of the conventional topics I taught to my 3.5 year old.
Review of capital versus lowercase letters.
Reading–recognize simple words, learn new words.
Review of whole number ID
Introduction to fractions–1 cup of flour versus 1/2 cup of flour
Counting–3 cups of water
What is energy–for cooking, the energy is heat
Phases of matter–How does energy affect the matter? Liquid starts to solidify
Describe the some of the differences between a liquid and a semi-solid
All of that looks like formal learning to me. And we got some playdough out of it.
Then there are the points that I re-learned, too
A kid who goes more than a little crazy after eating red dye #40 will have the same reaction he uses it with bare hands to color his dough orange.
Food coloring is more water resistant than Crayola paint
Wednesday, Day 5.
Yet another regularly scheduled playdate that we are missing. The fevers broke on Tuesday night, so they were both feeling better, which meant they were antsy. It’s hard to explain the 24-hour-without-fever rule to Small People. We were all bored and getting annoyed with each other.
We ended up having a spontaneous–and quick–birthday party for several members of the Stuffed Animal crew. Complete with cake (bread, cream cheese, and fresh strawberry preserves) and pointy birthday hats. Take that, Tea Party.
Even though hanging out with them turned out to be a lot more fun than I anticipated we are happy to be rejoined in the healthy world of with the other Small (and adult) People.