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Classical Conversations Memory Work…casa de Phillips style

I like the idea of the one room school house. Everything seems incredibly quaint, from the red of the building to the aged wood of the desks. The interior of such a school also seems inviting. Students of all ages coming together to learn, warmed by the wood stove in the middle of the room and sharing their math answers they have written on personal sized slate tablets.

So obviously everything I know about the one room schoolhouse comes from my childhood viewing of “Little House on the Prairie” and has nothing to do with how such schools actually functioned.

Romantic notions aside, we adopt se of the ideas of the “one room school house” into our homeschooling. When one is educating more than one child at home, it makes sense to bring said children together for various learning times during the day.

We begin our school day this way. Although we have a school room, we start our day at the kitchen table. We need the space to spread out and work. Besides changing locations during the day helps keep moods perky and restlessness at bay. Every morning we spend an hour or so on our Classical Conversations memory work, working together as a collaborative unit .

There are seven facets to the CC memory work (timeline, history, Latin, science, geography, math and English grammar). During the course of an hour we go over each of these areas. We do so by utilizing the following techniques:

1. Drill, drill, and drill some more. During the course of the school year, the kids memorize over 500 pieces of information. We drill this memory work a lot so they know it well by the end of the year. We also do math flash cards everyday during this time . I want to make sure their facts (multiplication, addition , and subtraction) are all really strong.

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2. Copy work . The kids choose various things to copy off of our memory work board (pictured above….and just so happens to be a large piece of shower board from Lowes cut down to a manageable size). Sometimes they copy things onto their personal sized white board, other times they write it nearly in their copy work book. Sometimes this copy work is illustrated (like yesterday’s elaborate illustrations that went along with the Mexican revolution) while other days we stick to straight penmanship work.

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3. Reading on particular subjects. We spend a lot of time reading about what we are learning . Sure one can learn about the Bolsheivik revolution and what year it occurred but how helpful is a year if you do not know what was actually happening during that time? We have a few books that carry snippets about major world history events that we read from as well as an ever changing stack of library books. My kids have become interested in topics that would appear to be dry and boring to a kid. The power of a good books and well-written word

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4. Extension projects . We have always lived a good craft here at case de Phillips . We try to do one or two projects or crafts a week that go along with our memory work. Sometimes the project is small (transforming a balloon into a diagram of the layers of the atmosphere …like we did this morning) or large (play-doh model of the earth). Extension projects really solidify learning, in my opinion .

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We manage to do all of these things by keeping all of our supplies ( white boards, markers, erasers, books, maps, and other various materials all together in a basket. When 8am hits, we can grab the basket and go.

As I am sure it was with the one room school house approach, there are times when this part if our morning is not so glamorous nor fun. Bad attitudes show up at the table on occasion. Someone is usually starving despite having eaten ten minutes ago (the kitchen is closed from 8am to 9:30am. Best homeschool decision I ever made.). One person gets mad if the other person answers a review question faster. White board markers are lost / dried up / wrong color.

You know, all things Laura had to deal with when teaching on the prairie.

How do you incorporate the one room school house approach into your homeschool

Under the Memory Master Rock

If one should enter through the front door of casa de philips, they would see many interesting sites.

The first obvious thing that would catch the eye would be that half of the entryway is concrete sub-floor while the other half is wood flooring.

(Still.)

Then they might notice the long strip of red tape dividing the two floors, appearing as if some domestic dispute had happened in our home and people have staked out lines and laid a personal claim to their own areas.

(This has NOT happened. There is no domestic dispute and no one choosing sides. However, if we did need to choose sides I would totally pick the side that contains the kitchen and the television and leave the side that contains the laundry room to the rest of the family.)

Once the oddity of our flooring situation has been assessed, visitors might start to notice that our schooling has spilled out of the school room and has invaded most areas of our home. There are posters containing Latin tossed about. Two very large pieces of butcher paper with a timeline of the World’s history scribbled across them seem to travel from room to room. Laminated maps litter the floor like slippery mines watching to catch an innocent person as he/she travels by in socks. Irregular verb tenses are written hastily across the white board. A certain cute little four year old girl is likely fluttering around singing her presidents (and always saying “Parding” for “Harding“, which her mother cannot bear to correct at the moment).

Friends, it is the season of Memory Master in our home. And it has (momentarily) taken over our lives.

The other night I woke from a dream singing about “John Calvin and the Institutes” and prayed for the end of April to come quickly.

Memory Master is an honor given to students in the Classical Conversations Foundations program who have mastered all 24 weeks of the memory work learned during the school year. For this Cycle (CC is cyclical, with a total of three cycles) the memory work includes:

  • The entire timeline of 180 events from creation to modern times;
  • -Twenty-four history sentences about U.S. history;
  • -Twenty-four science questions and answers covering human anatomy, chemistry, and origins;
  • -Multiplication tables through the fifteens plus squares and cubes, conversions, and math laws;
  • -All fifty states and their capitals plus seventy physical features on the U.S. map;
  • -Twenty-four definitions or lists from English grammar;
  • -Latin vocabulary lists and John 1:1–7 in Latin; and
  • -The forty-four U.S. presidents.

This is not a simple written test were students fill in a scan-tron with their No. 2 pencil. Nope…this test is administered a total of four times and is completed orally each time. Students hoping to achieve “Memory Master” status are tested first by their own parent, then by another parent in their CC Community, then by their CC tutor and finally by their CC director. They have to have a certain percentage correct for each proof before they can move onto the next round. They have to have 100% correct to move on to the final round and achieve true “Memory Master” status.

So why did we do this to our 6.5 year old, you may be asking?

(And why did I do this to myself is the question I was asking at 2:25 am the other morning as I was singing about John Calvin and the Institutes)

We did this for many reasons:

1. We knew Isaac could do it. He might not make it through all four rounds, but he is certainly able to make it through the first couple of rounds. He has had to study A LOT over the past few weeks to be ready for proofing, but it has been a good exercise in discipline and in hard work. It also is teaching solid study skills at an early age.

 

2. We want our children’s education to be more than just the “learning and dumping” of information. We want to create pegs of knowledge that are cemented into their long-term memories that they will use for a life-time. We want these pegs to be able to hold larger amounts of knowledge as their education continues, knowledge that continues to dig deeper and grows in size and scope over the years.

 

3. Homeschooling is a year-round family effort. We view education as more than just a 7 hour period during the day, nine months out of the year (Just like many, many parents view it as well… regardless of how they choose to school their children). Rather we want our kids to experience a 24/7, 365 days a year way of learning. Sure some of these days of learning are very structured while others are more of the relaxed (READ: Accomplish nothing of import or significance) nature. Studying and preparing for Memory Master has been a group effort. We all catch ourselves singing a random tune  about The War of 1812 and we all have to move the review flashcards out of the car’s cup holder before putting down our Grande Skinny half-caf mocha (Oh wait, that’s just me).

4. I tutor at Classical Conversations. I tutor the Masters Class for our Classical Conversations community (meaning I instruct the 9-13 year olds). I believe in the material being taught and the thoughts behind a classical education. I believe as a tutor, I need to help set the example for our community that kids are beyond capable of learning and grasping what is being taught to them.

 

Today, the boy had his first round of Memory Master proofing (aka “testing”). This was the round done at home, with just him and me. It went really well. The test takes somewhere between 60 – 90 minutes to complete and requires a lot of concentration to get through all the material. He did great. He has a few holes of knowledge that really need to be cemented before his next proof next week, but I was proud of how much information he knew and retained during this year.

 

Our Memory Master

 

 

Homeschool check-in

It is Day 21 of Homeschool.

In honor of this day (which really had no significance other than the fact that it is Thursday and that temperatures might slightly resemble fall), I thought I would do a little check-in in regards to how homeschooling is going.

It is going well.

Really, really well.

Initially when I began to contemplate the idea of homeschooling, I had no clue as to how it would all come together. Being the one in charge can be a bit intimidating, especially when it comes to something like educating a child. Then I reminded myself I felt similar emotions when it came to things like birthing a child or teaching a child how to walk or talk. I jumped into the homeschool pool, (finally) selected curriculum and set a schedule for our days.

Then we got started on school.

Fortunately, my first homeschool student loves to learn. He can sit for an extended amount of time to do work and his complaints are minimal. When a grouchy attitude does arrive, the student has a pretty obvious Achilles Heel (the Wii)…which ironically we just read about a few weeks ago in our daily reading time.  We have even had a few days of “I don’t want to go to school today” complaints. Yep, friends. Such statements fall out of the mouths of children even when school is located about ten feet from the breakfast table.

Despite the few grumblings that have occurred, we are having fun. Isaac is learning what it means to be a student and to work hard. I am learning that homeschooling does not need a particular formula to be successful and am attempting to be flexible at times. This morning, the boy was all about wanting to do science and science experiments. Ignoring my inner Type A personality that was screaming “Stick to the nice, neat lesson plans, Lady!”, I said okay. I directed him to a pile of science books we open, instructed him to start reading through them while I threw some laundry in and then we did science for quite the while this morning.

By the way, do you know what happens when you put raisins in a clear container filled with Sprite?

Check that one out in your spare time.

We ended our morning session outside. The children drove remote control cars with the boy across the street (who is also homeschooled….and is super polite and does not mind driving a Strawberry Shortcake battery-operated car despite being ten years old) while I worked on cleaning up items for an upcoming consignment sale.

 

I have realized a few things that help our homeschool day run just a bit more smooth.

 

Have a plan.

As mentioned before, I have a lesson plan book. She is a beauty and is filled with good intentions. I plan on a two week basis in order to make adjustments where needed (for instance, doing science for a large portion of the morning when I did not originally plan to do so). A plan sets the tone for our day so I am not scratching my head thinking of ways to teach my child.

 

Have the spirit to let go of the plan and go with one’s natural desire to learn.

I am still being formed in this area. One of the great things about teaching child one-on-one is that the teacher can allow the child to lead the learning at times (notice I said “at times”). Isaac recently taught himself how to play chess (don’t ask). There have been some mornings when he has played a game of chess or read about the game of chess as part of his school. No where did I have this written into my lesson plans, yet it works for us. Following one’s natural desire to learn is a great way to shape and mold one’s education. When learning becomes personal and relevant, it suddenly takes on a life of its own and thrives.

 

Unplug

During our school hours, I stay off the Internet for personal use and do not answer the phone. It is easy to check Facebook really quick and then realize thirty minutes of the school day has been wasted. I check everything early in the morning and then hold off on computer time until lunch or the afternoon.

 

Enjoy my children.

This lesson was taught to me by a fellow homeschool mom, one who is pretty seasoned and displays such a tender grace towards her (five) children. She spoke recently about having joy that is supernatural, joy in moments when no sane person would ever think of feeling joy, joy that comes from a faith in a mighty God. The great thing about homeschooling is being with one’s kids all day. The bad thing about homeschool is….being with one’s kids all day. There have (already…I know it is just day 21) been times when our day has come to an end and I am so ready for my darling angels to be in bed and out of my direct line of vision for 12+ hours. That is simply the life of a parent. Yet I am also attempting to remember to enjoy these little people who talk incessantly about things of minimal interest to me, who laught hysterically at vintage Scooby Doo, who fight with each other and then cry when they are told they can not play together for the rest of the day, who seem to forget what “inside voice” means and who unload the dishwasher (one of their morning chores) despite the fact that the dishes inside were dirty.

 (By the way, I did not have the heart to tell them of their mistake. I quietly loaded the dishes back into the dishwasher while they were off in another area of the house. The tricky part was retrieving the dirty silverware that had already been put in the drawers. Advance apologies to anyone who might dine in our home over the next few days and is mistakeningly given a previously used fork…)

 

What lesson are you learning through the education of your child?

 

Curriculum 2011 (Alternate title: “Why Amazon delivers to my house on a weekly basis”)

Once we made the decision to homeschool, I felt like we had jumped the main hurdle in the whole “educating-your-child-at-home” process.

Then I realized that I need to choose curriculum and that the options were limitless. My head would spin as I thought that I was now the one to decide which math program to choose and which spelling workbook would be best. Did I want something prepackaged that told me exactly what to do or did I want to take a more eclectic approach and pick and choose from a variety of options?

As I was searching, I knew that I was consistently drawn the to the classical method of educating a child. Back in my teaching days, I saw education fads come and go. During my four year stint in a school, students were taught how to do multiplication by counting their knuckles, allowed to choose their own spelling words (nightmare for teachers who had to administer 25 individual tests…and also created a potential scandal when a child unknowingly choose a part of the female reproductive system as one of his words) and recess time was shortened by the state legislature to allow more time for standardized test preparation (Then the state government realized that there happened to be a child obesity problem and we did ten minutes of “calisthenics” in the morning via the TV).

That being said, I taught at a wonderful school filled with excellent teachers and lead by a God-fearing principal. Students knew they were loved while they attended that school, something not every educational establishment can proclaim to be true. However, the school succumbed to some trends, as do most things in life (including people). Nothing too outrageous or harmful (the inappropriate spelling word was quickly replaced by a gentle correction) occurred and a quality education was provided.

When it came time to decide how I wanted to teach at home, I immediately was drawn to the basics and away from trends. I want my childrens’ brains to retain knowledge rather than to merely learn and dump it. I want them to be well-read. I want them to be able to write clearly and descriptively. I want them to be able to locate things quickly on a map.

I never, ever want them to never be a part of a “Jay-Walking” segment. 😉

A Classical approach to education is where one teaches children the proper use of the tools of learning based on their stage of development. These stages, called the Trivium, are Grammar (Pre-k through 5th grade), Dialectic (grades 6 -8) and Rhetoric (grades 9-12). Having a background in child psychology and understanding the role development plays in learning, I am a firm believer of the principals of learning on the Trivium.

This is the part of our story where I discovered Classical Conversations, a national program designed to equip parents with the skills to teach their children classically at home. Classical Conversations also meet once a week, for 24 weeks, in communities where members come together to learn the new material. Parents sit in on the classes with their children, while a tutor leads the class through the memory work (Science, history, Latin, English, Time Line, Geography), a science project, a fine arts project and class presentations (each child presents a 2-3 minute speech every week….even the four year olds) and thirty minute review every week.

We have found a wonderful community for our family. Isaac is in the Apprentice’s class, consisting of six boys and two girls (Pray for that tutor!). This is such a blessing because I have been prayerful that he would find male friends to bond with this year. I am tutoring the Master’s Class of students, who range in age from 9-13 years old. I am excited to work with the older kids who are so eager to learn and who know so much already.

I am also excited to learn the presidents of the United States, as well as how to draw the USA freehand (both part of the History work everyone learns in CC this year), since I never learned such material in school.

A community’s morning schedule for a meeting day resembles this:

9:00-9:30         Large Group Time & Family Presentation
9:30-10:00       New Grammar Introduced
10:00-10:30     Science Experiments or Projects
10:30-11:00     Student Presentations
11:00-11:30     Fine Arts
11:30-12:00     Grammar Review

A community time of lunch and play happen from noon to 1:00pm.

Classical Conversations has their own curriculum that parents and students follow. For children ages k4-4th grade, the following is used:

Foundations Guide (outlines what to study each week, provides science and fine arts projects and has all the memory work)

Veritas Press History Timeline Cards (we learn 8 a week, for a total of 180 cards learned this year)

201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre and Incredible Science Experiments

My Body

Classical Music for Dummies

Discovering Great Artists

Drawing with Children

 

Classical Conversations tells parents they need to supplement their curriculum with a quality math and language arts program (until children complete the fourth grade, in which CC’s program becomes more extensive and intensive). This is where I found the guidance of the book The Well-Trained Mind to be extremely helpful.

 

Math

 

Saxton Math 2: It was a toss up between Math-U-See and Saxton. Saxton won. We are starting with second grade based on what Isaac learned last year in Pre-K. So far, I am really enjoying the scripted method of Saxton.

 

Language Arts:

 

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind: I love this book. LOVE. IT.  It is a solid way to introduce grammar and grammar rules to children. It also requires learning narration, dictation and memorization skills. It is simple in the way the material is presents and is constantly building on what has already be learned.

Spelling:

 

Spelling Workout Level A: I opted to start with a basic spelling program. Despite Isaac’s higher level reading skills, he has never really displayed an interest in spelling words. I wanted to make sure he had a firm grasp on phonics before moving on to a higher level spelling program. This workbook is easy and we usually do two lessons a day.

 

Writing:

A Reason for Handwriting: We are practicing basic copy work skills with this workbook. Isaac also does copywork for other subjects, all of which are placed into portfolios.

The Complete Writer: I plan for us to begin this in the second semester of school this year.

The Write Start: An excellent handbook for helping parents nurture a love for writing in children.

 

Reading:

Reading is the subject that we are having a lot of fun with, especially because Evelyn takes an active part in it with us. For Isaac’s reader, we are using the McGuffey Eclectic Reader,  the Third Edition. This book was written in the 1800’s and I love it. Some of the text is in cursive and some of the words are incredibly old-fashioned. It has really opened up the door for some conversations (for example, today I had to attempt to explain what a needle book is) that might not take place otherwise. Fortunately our library carries these, so we are enjoying them for free!

We also read a lot of books, stories, fables and myths from the Ancient time period. The Well-Trained Mind does an excellent job of outlining books to read that fall into these categories. The children have loved them, even when their mother stumbles over ancient names on occasion. After reading, Isaac and I do a reading comprehension narration and an illustration to go along with our story.

Isaac also spends about an hour or two a day reading independently in his room during our quiet time. He chooses the books for this time. You can read more about his book selection here.

 

Science:

 

We are doing a three part science curriculum this year, along with the science covered in Classical Conversations.

DK’s First Animal Encyclopedia: We are studying 20 animals from this text over the course of 20 weeks. We read about the animal, do further research, write narratives about the animal and do “field” study about the animal when possible (Yesterday we went in search of spiders and spider webs and came across a slightly disturbed, injured squirrel. We did not study him due to fear of rabbis. We did make a quick escape to our car.)

The Kingfisher First Human Body Encyclopedia: We will be doing a 10 week study through this text, doing narrations and experiments each week.

Green Thumbs: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Indoor and Outdoor Gardening: The final six weeks we will be digging in the dirt and learning about plants in a hands-on way. This study could be useful for the teacher as well as the students :).

 

Bible/Character Studies:

 

One Year Bible for Children: This is our nightly devotional text that we have been using since the first of the year.

Read-Aloud Bible Stories (Volumes 1-4): We read a bible story every morning after calendar time. This series is a very basic retelling of popular bible stories that we have been reading with the kids since they were babies. They love them though and it has been a simple way to begin the morning.

Your Manners are Showing: Character Study (I feel like we do character study 24/7. As a parent, character development is not something that can merely be taught, but rather a consistent practice.)

 

Teacher Resources:

 

Here are a few books that have been very helpful to me as I have learned more about homeschooling and helping me decide which path to take with our children’s education:

The Well-Trained Mind (Love, love, love this book!)

The Core

So, You’re Thinking About Homeschooling?

Classical Education and the Homeschool

A Charlotte Mason Education

Mitten Strings for God

 

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All of this being said, let it be known that this is what works for me. I do not believe there is one correct path to educating a child. I do not believe there is one correct way to school, rather it be homeschooling, public schools or private schools. As I tell my children, God made us different for a reason. It would be so terribly boring if we all fit into a cookie-cutter mold of life. This is the path we have chosen for today. Who knows what it may be tomorrow.

 

 

 

The first day of….having a library card

The alarm clock went off early this morning, as it does every week day morning, signaling that it was time to get out of bed and start the day.

Boot Camp, Shower, Breakfast, Chores….all were checked off the list.

The only thing not checked off the list this morning was “Send child to first day of school.”

Technically, Isaac should have headed off to school this year. We red-shirted him last year due to a late summer birthday, completed pre-k at a magnificent preschool and have officially come to the age where it is time for school. After large amounts of researching, many late night discussions and lots of prayer, last fall we came to the conclusion that we would homeschool our children. Since reaching that decision, we have become a part of a wonderful learning community as well as a fun weekly co-op. I have learned more about education and the process of learning than I ever did in a masters program or in four years teaching in the classroom. Amazon.com has received quite the pretty penny from us as curriculum as been purchased. Our downstairs playroom/office has been transformed into a school room. Lesson plans have been written and plans for the upcoming year put in place.

I suppose all we are waiting on is for the school bell to ring.

This morning as I watched Facebook fill up with First Day of school pictures, I realized that we had actually done it. We had taken the leap into home education. Technically our school year will not begin until Wednesday. We are starting off slowly, gradually building up to a full school day. Our learning community and co-ops do not start until after Labor Day, giving us a chance to get into the swing of things around casa de phillips before going full throttle.

As peers were settling into classrooms for the first time this morning, Isaac experienced another first.

A first he has been looking forward to for quite the while.

Today, he got his own library card.

The library has always been our home away from home, a place we visit at least once a week. The boy loves books and devours a large amount of literature every week. Now that school is back in session, it is time for him to share some of the responsibility of borrowing library books (as well as help in carting them to and fro). It was also time for him to read a variety of books as opposed to sticking with favorite series.

Because my own library bag can only hold so many books, Isaac now has one of his own. Attached to the handle are his library card and a list of the types of books he needs to check out every week.

 

Every week, he will check out at least:

 

One science book

One history book

One art or music appreciation book

One craft or how-to book

One biography or autobiography

One classic novel

One book of poetry

A few books for reading enjoyment (No problems here, as he normally clears out the shelves of series he loves)

 

Fast times at Casa de Phillips

Did last week happen?

I am not really sure last week actually occurred or if it was just a really long sticky, restless dream during these humid summer nights. Last week was a bit hectic around here at casa de phillips. As the children have grown, we have been on the go a bit more often. There are so many things to do, places to go and people to see. Despite their desires to “GO!” I do attempt to throw in some chill days at home.

Last week there were no chill days.

Nor any naps.

Which can make for an interesting week’s end.

Monday was the early call to the TV studio, a meeting at a friend’s house, a quick lunch and short rest before darting off to a play date at the pool.

Tuesday was Gymnastics camp for the kiddos while I scrubbed the house (and secretly disposed of a few “treasures” that were cluttering up little people’s rooms. Tell me I am not the only mom who does a secret stealth cleaning of kids’ rooms while they are away.)

Wednesday was the eternal waiting for a repair man, who finally arrived at the very last second of his appointed time slot. Long story short: we have had major issues with our digital television signal since the last big thunderstorm. Several repair men have come to fix the problem. The problem remains (well…”remained”…it was finally resolved at week’s end.). This particular repair man did the whole talking-down to me bit, acting as if the naive little housewife did not know a thing about the ins and outs of digital cable. Any of you other SAHM’s get that when a repair person comes out to your house during the day? Grrr. It beyond infuriates me. I want to point out that it is no longer the 1950’s, that sexism is (slowly) dying and that I most likely have more education than their little pinky toe (petty, I know.). Obviously I never say these things. However, I do stand my ground and let the repair person know that I am not an idiot, I can make decisions without my husband being present and that I do happen to know of that which I speak. Fun times. Wednesday also involved errand-running and our weekly trip to the library.. In 103 degree heat. We finished up the day with a little soccer practice, which fortunately took place indoors.

Thursday was the first of our three day Classical Conversations practicum. Yeah, I have more alluded to it rather than stating the obvious fact that we are starting the homeschooling journey this Fall. More on that whole decision and process in another post. The children and I did attend a three (FULL) day workshop of sorts regarding our homeschool path. Both kids loved their day camp experience, which involved a lot of great literature, nature walks (How do these children not melt in 103 degree heat) and drawing classes. Good times.

Saturday: Soccer.

 

(This is my children’s attempt at fierce soccer faces.)

 

As mentioned before, the children have entered the world of organized sports. Saturday was our first day of soccer games. Unsure of what to expect and attempting to complete a crazy week, I did not really allow myself to dwell too much on the whole soccer experience. Sure the children had uniforms and shin guards and Ms. E’s hair was adorned with soccer ball ribbons, but that was the extent to my soccer preparedness. I happen to be team mom for Isaac’s team and rapidly tossed together a snack for his crew. We loaded the car and set off for the gym.

(Yes, gym. Our soccer is indoors, praise the Lord)

Upon arrival I spotted it….the perfectly decorated sign, the elegantly decorated treats, the mom sporting a team shirt.

Then I felt it: that big ol stab of what I like to call “June Cleaver guilt”.

Sure I had my juice boxes and goldfish crackers (patriotic colors I might add….simply because they had been on clearance that week). I even had a camera (originally left in the car and then quickly retrieved during the opening prayer). Yet, I had no sign or fancy theme-appropriate snack. Simply stated, I had  arrived to the dinner table with Walt and the Beav minus the pearls and pressed shirt dress.

The games were great. The kids played like typical preschoolers play in any organized sport (full of heart, distracted, silly). I watched my baby girl beat her tendency towards shyness and run crazy down the field (court??) and witnessed my first born unofficially assume role as assistant coach (Lord help us all). It was good times.

That June Cleaver guilt I mentioned?

Well it completely faded away during team snack time as I overheard my son proudly tell his teammates that his mother brought snack, then watched him beam when another little player told him “This snack is awesome.”

Apparenlty five year old little boys only need generic juice boxes and a baggie of clearanced-Goldfish crackers to make their day.

Who knew?

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So, how was your week?

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