Yay, that sounds really fun.
Yay, that sounds really fun.
We just bought some plants for the whole water/sun science experiment. I had a hard time spending $3 a pop on plants that I know are gonna die. And DS is smart and told me what the end result is gonna be, so I almost wanted to skip the whole experiment anyway, but DH said he should still do it. He was so excited about it that he wanted to water the ones that get water as soon as we got home, and I told him that they didn't need it (the soil was very damp) but he did it anyway and made puddles cause the soil couldn't absorb it. He cried. I reminded him that one of the safety rules of science is to follow directions and he didn't, so he got to deal with the consequences (cleaning up the puddles and dumping the water that stayed on the top of the soil). It's gonna be hard to keep him out of the dark closet we put the sunless plants in. He wants to check on them to see their progress. We are taking the experiment a step further and taking pictures of the plants when we do check on them to record their height and water the ones that get it.
Playing catch up today again. I had a dental appointment mid morning on Thurs that was supposed to be 2 hours and ended up being a little over 4 (gotta love crowns) and then yesterday had to run up to the billing office for the hospital before they closed for the weekend.
Here's a question for you BTDT peeps.... What do you do for PE? I've been trying to just do basic aerobic activity (trying to sneak it is and pass it off as fun instead of exercise). Yesterday I tried to take him to the gym with me to train for the Presidential Fitness Test that he's supposed to take this year, but we got in trouble for him being on the equipment. I guess my gym requires special permission from the owner and him being listed on my account. I was kinda pissed off when it happened. I'm thinking of trying to cancel my membership anyway, cause DS#2 won't stay in the childcare (they always end up paging me cause he's still freaking out after 10 minutes).
But how can I train Jacob for the 1/2 mile run/walk without taking him to run/walk?? I don't have a sitter and I don't have a jogger stroller for the little ones. :(
What a fun science experement! I might have to steal that idea.
We do not do PE all that often. When we do, I use exersise DVD's. DD loves the Jillian 30 day shred and Tybo. She is much better at it than I am. Most of the time the girls just run around outside though.
Janelle - does he like playing tag in the yard? Or soccer, or something where it's mostly running? Or do you have a baby carrier so you could wear the baby and a single jogging stroller for the other kiddo?
I have an Ergo, but can't run with it on. I don't have a jogger stroller, single or double. He is "bored of tag" cause his little brother can't keep up and it always ends in him bullying his little brother anyway. We have a BIG back yard (1/4 acre) but his brother is his only play mate at the moment. I've been trying to get his cousins over (1 and 2 years older than him) but their parents are divorced and share custody and it's complicated. His best friend just moved 6 hours away. We go to the park when we can, but since most of what he does for school requires my involvement, the house is a mess and so we either end up at the park when there are no other kids around and it's the same problem as it is at home, or we can only stay for 30-40 minutes and he leaves in tears cause it wasn't long enough.
Also, it's starting to get too cold to play outside here (away from the house, or if I have to be out there). I have Reynauds syndrome (and not localized to breastfeeding) and it's painful for me to be outside long in the cold.
I'm still trying to find my groove with this new role. :(
Could he do dog walking for neighbors?
Some places let you sign up at animal shelters to exercise pets on a regular basis.
For PE- We have been involved in Swimming Lessons, and Baseball. I teach the boys the rules of other common games myself, and have played most of them with friends or cubscouts (I was also the leader).
We do not have daily organized "PE" but we stop at noon and they get OUTSIDE. My boys are closer in age and so play together, but also with neighbors when they get off school.. How about "playdates" on weekends?
Why do you want to "train" him? Does it matter how he does on the test? How about going to the local school track before or after the school kids are there? Weekends? He runs around and gets a licorice or something when he goes around.. MOST are 1/4 mile one time around. You could walk ACROSS the field in the middle to cheer him on.
He has asthma and is pretty out of shape for his age. He really wants to do pull-ups and other things he sees his daddy do. I also think if he could see how much his hard work would pay off, that he'd have a better self-esteem (he was bullied at school--part of why we are homeschooling him now).
Perhaps his asthma doctor could suggest a program for him. Exercise can really set it off sometimes.