Monday, August 22, 2011

Gohst!

This summer I learned:

It's VERY important to be first player on the Wii.

We had several, and I mean several, days where the big boys would fight and squabble over being first player.  They would argue, call names, and be loud enough to keep the babies from napping.  I began shutting down the Wii at nap time if I heard any bickering.

I don't regret it either. 

The boys naturally gravitated towards legos, the outdoors, or crafting.  As school approached, I encouraged them to review math facts and hone in on their writing skills.  I dug out the old basal's from back in the day and started training.

I did meet a little resistance after I asked the boys to write their first and last names.  An 8 year old boy cried into his folded arms on the kitchen table for over an hour.  He bawled about "daydreams" and more.  I picked my battle and decided to let his parents deal with it.

Here is what an 8 year old put together during one of those afternoon sessions when Mario was banned.  He delved right into a mini assignment.  He wrote, directed, and starred in his own production.  It's entertaining and very short.

Pop your popcorn before watching, you might miss it...

video

2 comments:

Plain Graces said...

What crazy thing did you learn this summer?

Sarah said...

I learned a lot this summer too ...and borrowed your idea :)
http://www.steadfaststeps.com/2011/08/what-i-learned-this-summer.html