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I’m Back!

After hibernating for about two years, our blog site has now resurrected! I will be inviting my kids & husband to contribute from time to time. It has always been my goal to update this site but I don’t know what happened. I will just backtrack from the time I stopped just like in the movies.

So to start anew and since it’s the love month, I’d like to touch on one of the 5 love languages – Quality Time. As a family, we love going out and spending time with or without plans. Spending quality time is really a must for our family. We make sure that even if our weekdays are full with individual schedules, our weekends definitely are always busy (I figured out now why I have tons of chores every Monday).

Last week was one of those outdoor fun activities we had. We went to Ogden to see their Winterfest Activities. We’ve learned that they brought tons of snow (460 large dump trucks) from different areas such as Hinckley Airport and paved them up along the 25th street for the event. This was their 2nd year hosting the event and about 12,000 spectators went in the two-day event.

We spent more than 4 hours and we had so much fun. There were too many activities that we don’t know which one to go to. We spent more time with the sled and ski and was distracted by the food booth that’s why we missed the skijoring competition. Skijoring is a winter sport where a person on skis is pulled by a horse.

We started off with watching the Toboggan (Sled) Parade mostly by sponsors. One of them is Coca Cola, thus we have this photo of the Coca Cola Polar Bear.

Then, sledding. Notice how high was the starting point. It’s as high as the traffic light.

We took the opportunity to try cross country skiing with skis, poles and shoes provided by Weber State University.

There were many activities happening simultaneously like snowmobile racing, polar bear swim event, flag football competition. Other activities include junior jazz basketball, 5K run, ski-bike race, live music, dog show, human dog sled race. Plus the many booths that served yummy food. We tried Hawaiian chicken barbecue, pulled pork sandwich, the very popular ribbon fries with cheese and a big buffalo burger.

After the event we went home exhausted but happy. We’re glad we went to Ogden that day.

Happy Holidays!!!!

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Math U See


Mich uses Math U See as additional curriculum aside from Singapore math. The blocks are useful as math manipulatives and sometimes as a toy. 

Field Trip at Ogden Nature Center Sept 2008



Most of the kids here who went to field trip had their first school bus ride. One of them is Michelle. They had fun inside the bus. I happened to be there as the parent volunteer to capture the moments of Mich’s first school field trip. Inside the bus, the kids were singing “The Wheels of the Bus”. 

 
It was hot out in the field. Some kids were complaining of getting tired and thirsty. Kids get to listen to the tour guide explaining the ecosystem, different animals in the wild, how they thrive in such environment. They also played a hiding game so they could feel how animals get to camouflage themselves when enemies are watching. They were also toured to see some big birds like owls and eagles. 
 
It was a different learning experience for these little ones and it was just so amazing to hear how they reason when asked about what they know and think about nature. 

Lincoln Lynx



Excerpts from Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher

He will have to learn,
I know, that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can, teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time to ponder
the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him it is far honourable to fail than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong… Teach him to be gentle with gentle people, and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…

Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can, how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob
and to stand and fight if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently, but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
Let him have the courage to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order, but see what you can do… He is such a fine fellow, my son!

My kids are enrolled at Lincoln Elementary. It’s Michelle’s first traditional school and Adrian’s second. They are enrolled as kindergarten and 3rd grade respectively. The school was named after Abe Lincoln. Their vision is to change the world…one student at a time. 

Reading Reward


She is savoring the reward for her diligence in reading. Her quota is a book per day. Mrs. Moon (kindergarten teacher) challenges her reading skills by giving her a book or two everyday. Thanks to Pizza Hut for supporting the reading programs of schools. 

Malacanang Museum



Our first trip to Malacanang Museum. It was an educational tour around the places where our presidents held offices and received guests. There were different memorabilias representing the different regimes of past presidents. The newer collections were some of the state gifts during our current president’s state visits. We’ve also seen the room with the table and chair where Martial law was proclaimed by former president Marcos.

Sulky Snoopy


One day, while I was giving Michelle a bath, she was laughing at something. She saw a broken tile and said it looks like snoopy. I can’t figure it out. She pointed to me in details the sulky face of snoopy with a hand on the right side of the face. But I still can’t figure it out. I just don’t know if I’m slow to get it or she is just too visual that she can see images from different perspectives and can interpret it. Well, I’m kinda convinced that the latter is more valid. Why? I’ve witnessed how she create, draw and analyze images. When she writes the alphabet, she likes to see it written upside down and many other ways. She also tries to write using both hands to see which is better.

There were times in our creative thinking lesson when she would surpass me in interpretation. Many times before I teach, I don’t have any weapon to explain the lessons in our materials. But I’m amazed at how she can answer it according to her own reasoning. I’ll just laugh behind and say “kids are really smart.”

The House They Made

One of the important things to learn by children is the ability to follow instructions. This time, I tested my children’s capacity to understand and follow simple to complex instructions. I gave the challenge to my son to be the leader of their project. I reminded my little girl to follow the instructions of her brother and be a support to him.
I just gave them the book, then they were the ones to substitute the materials needed. I was so happy to see their teamwork. I saw in the persevering spirit of my two children. They don’t want to eat lunch until they finish their project. My kids were busy for almost an hour. I saw my son’s leadership skills by being encouraging his sister with gentleness even if she did some errors in cutting the boards. I saw my daughter’s patience in dealing with her errors and listening to the instructions of her leader.
Aside from my benefit of extra time for me to do some chores and last minute preparation for my lesson today, my kids’ appetite for activities and creativity were fulfilled. As I was talking with our principal yesterday, our homeschool mode is already ingrained in our family. Even if it is time for us to rest, our kids would still clamor for things to be done.

Michelle’s 5th Birthday

The Birthday Girl
Pink Girls

Mich was happy with her pink cake
One of the many things to thank God for this month aside from the birthday of Jesus is the birthday of our little girl, Michelle. She is the source of my laughter most of the time for she is fond of cracking jokes. She gets me with her wit especially when we are homescholing.
Michelle and her brother enjoyed a play-all-you can treat at a mall far from our place. She doesn’t mind if she doesn’t have a big party or a lot of gifts, but a whole day of fun and activity just for kids was important to them. She didn’t even taste the food her Dad likes but merely enjoyed waffle and a fruit shake.
Cake was blown 3 days after her birthday. She had her cake blowing at the kids church. Since she likes pink, all of us girls in the family wore pink shirts. It was surprising to see pink and purple cake in a local cake store so we bought one instead of mocha flavor. It made her happy to have a cake that is pink. It was worth buying coz it’s yummy and not too sweet.

 

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