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Life Lessons

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What do you need to know in order to be a useful and productive citizen of the world? How about just of America? Obviously you should know how to write and to sign your name, although I understand cursive is a rare thing in kids these days. I also think you should understand basic math because it’s required in day to day life, and you should know basic world history, and social skills. Manners, religion, science, art and music are other things that should be covered in your primary education. So all that to say, I want to incorporate some LIFE skills into the boys basic Reading, Writing and Arithmetic.
So here is my current list of what we are “adding” into our day to day schooling. Let me know what you think and if you have any further ideas.
Current Events
Laws in your state
Human Rights
Animal Rights
Civil Rights
Basic first aid
Political systems
Writing checks
Cashing checks
what you need to open a bank account
Applying for a job
Building a resume
Practice job interviews
Organizing bills
Paying bills
Making a household budget
Typing lessons

So far the boys are really enjoying this “extra” stuff, and like that it’s a big group lesson and not them all scattered off to their own corners of the house. I like it too and am enjoying spending this extra time with them. 🙂

the brother–the kids

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the brother

Suddenly a rush of footsteps reaches Lily’s ears and the sound of Rachel calling for her “Lily, come on, time for school”. Lily comes into the kitchen  from Grandma’s room and sits at one end of the table. She is joined by four other children ages 4-10 now sitting, plopping backpacks onto the table, pulling workbooks and pencils out and generally getting their things settled. Lily reaches down to her feet, pulls up her basket of books and gets them up onto the table as Rachel says, “Today let’s start in English instead of math. That storm last night probably had us all awake with fright and I bet our heads are still a bit groggy, so let’s start slow today okay? “ The kids answer with, “sure!” “okay, that’s good”, “yeah”.  These extra kids belong to Rachel’s brother John and his wife Nikki. They are as follows:

Tucker, a boy, age 10.
Harper, a girl, age 8.
Booker, a son, age 6.
Catcher, a girl, age 4.

 

Freckles and eggs
Rachel and Grandma
Grandma’s room

iphone glimpse into our days

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Looks like a little tropical storm is coming our way and from what I hear we may lose power for a bit. I’m so glad we have a gas stove but would trade that for city water. I guess the well doesn’t pump without power. Boo. Anywhoo, Today was a first. We swam in the murky waters and Jack got a jelly fish sting. Max peed on it and sure enough it took the sting out. I later heard Max and Sam saying to one another “don’t pee all your pee out, save some in case I get stung!”. Silly boys. We are enjoying the new house, I am enjoying the kitchen and I guess this storm will give me enough NON outside time to make a dent in the unpacking. The little boys room only has two more boxes which I’m threatening to deal with tonight. Then it’s just Noah’s room, our bedroom and the living room. We want Scott’s folks to come soon (they were going to come this weekend but then ANDREA decided to come instead) and need to get the house squared away before all the hostessing happens.

My mom gave me my dads old Iphone, and I’ve bought a lifeproof case for it, and have been using it a lot for pictures. I really enjoy the iPhone and how handy it is to not have to carry my camera with me. I also love now that I have the life proof that I can take it into the water with me. Fun in the sun! Here are pictures from my phone from this week. I included little captions to explain what’s going on.

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Sam cleaning scuffs off the stairs that the movers left behind. What’s up with the ONE sock Sammy?

Sam and Max google land crabs after we thought we saw one while out for a run (My first run in a month. I nearly died. Not really.)

Sam and Max google land crabs after we thought we saw one while out for a run (My first run in a month. I nearly died. Not really.)

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A dead baby blue crab.

My instagram of Bingo on the stairs. Follow me at fionaswamping .

My instagram of Bingo on the stairs. Follow me at fionaswamping.

 

A few broken conch shells in the shallow water. Wasn't it so clear? I love it when it's like this. When it's murky I don't like the boys to swim.

A few broken conch shells in the shallow water. Wasn’t it so clear? I love it when it’s like this. When it’s murky I don’t like the boys to swim.

Just another amazing sunset.

Just another amazing sunset.

The little bunny I saw when I looked out my window first thing this morning.

The little bunny I saw when I looked out my window first thing this morning.

Our little beach at low tide.

Our little beach at low tide.

 

That’s all folks. If I disappear for awhile you will know my power is out. It looks like the storm will be driving straight up the middle of the Eastern Shore. Yay us. We’ve dealt with storms before, just never ON the water. It will be a first. Should be fun!