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#SOLSC17: Laughter and Kids


When I was young, eons and yes, decades ago, I remember a TV show called “Kids Say the Darnedest Things” that was hosted by Art Linkletter.  If you’ve never seen it, here’s a three minute clip that even includes the most perfect advice for the first action of a President!

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Kids Say the Darnedest Things 2017:  Episode One

Scene:  Dinner in a Mexican Restaurant (8 pm in Knoxville, Iowa)

Cast of Characters Present:

  • Great Aunt Sherry;
  • Great Uncle Wayne and Great Aunt Amy and daughter;
  • my son, my daughter-in-law, my grandson;
  • 10 year old great nephew and 5 year old great niece Nya
  • and me.

(Don’t you love all those greats – it just tells you that there’s a bit of age in this group!)

Back Story:  The great nephew and niece and I have been having “adventures” for about 10 hours that included:  lunch, visiting Grandma, shopping, swimming, ice cream, math homework, reading, Disney Junior channel, football video game, Nya napping, the arrival of my son’s family and then “hanging out” while other family members had “TASKS”.

Action:

We negotiate drinks, ordering from the menu, and food arrival.  In the midst of eating, five year old Nya pronounces:

“When I am old and have kids,

I’m going to come visit you!”

We snicker, shed a few tears, and laugh out loud.

A five year old.

Wise beyond her years.

And who knows who the “YOU” was as we represented Florida, Ankeny, Unionville, and Kentucky!  (Won’t that visiting be fun!)

What does this five-year old know about family?  

What will she be ready to learn in kindergarten next year?


Kids Say the Darnedest Things 2017:  Episode Two

Scene:  Tables and chairs in breakfast area of hotel (approx. 10 a.m.) on Sunday

Cast of Characters Present: 

  • Mothers, Fathers,
  • Brothers, Sisters,
  • Cousins,
  • Nieces, Nephews,
  • Great Nieces, Nephews,
  • Great Aunts, Great Uncles
  • and me, also a Grandmother!

Back Story:

Breakfast is over. Great Grandma Mary and Grandma Pat have been here and have left for Sunday Mass. Various configurations of groups eating breakfast, visiting, eating have occurred depending upon the arrival time in the breakfast area.

Action:

I’m sitting on a chair, nearest the edge of the tables that can see down the length of the hallway.  My grandson takes a few steps down the hall way and flattens against the wall.  I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about three steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then slips into the small concession area!

I watch for about 10 seconds.  His head does NOT pop back out.  I quietly walk down the hall, peer around the corner, and check to see what he is doing. I say “peek-a-boo”.

He looks up, comes over to me, takes my hand and leads me down the hall.  He stops next to the chair I was sitting on.  He points to my chair with his index finger and says,

“Sit. Chair.”

He lets go of my hand and stands there waiting until I sit down.  And then my grandson takes a few steps down the hall way and flattens against the wall.  I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about three steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then looks at me AGAIN!

I lean out and say, “peek-a-boo”. Without a word he sidles about four steps farther down the hall and then slips into the small concession area!

I watch for about 10 seconds.  His head does NOT pop back out.  I quietly walk down the hall, peer around the corner, and check to see what he is doing. I say “peek-a-boo”.

He looks up, comes over to me, takes my hand and leads me down the hall.  He stops next to the chair I was sitting on.  He points to my chair with his index finger and says a little louder and slower,

“Sit. Chair.”

He lets go of my hand and stands there waiting until I sit down.  He continues to stand there.

I can see the exasperation in his face.  He’s thinking,

“How many times are we going to play this silly game?”

“Why doesn’t she just stay there?”

Then he turns and gallops into the area with the couch, comfy chair, the Disney Junior channel on the TV.  On to the next game. Grandma’s no fun.  She doesn’t listen.

Who was the winner?  

The 22 month old grandson?  

The grandmother?  

Who was the most entertained?  

Who was laughing the loudest?  

ME, ME, ME!!!


Where have you found students saying the “darnedest things”?

When you listen, REALLY listen, do you pay attention to nonverbal cues as well?  

How do you keep from laughing?  Should you?

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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

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#SOL16: March Challenge 29 – The Zoo


 

zoo

So just imagine a family trip to the zoo during an extended Easter weekend . . .

Ready?

The ABC’s of Our Trip to the Louisville Zoo

Addax

Brown bear / bald eagle

Camels

Ducks

Elephants

Flora / fauna

Gorillas / giraffes

Holiday Monday

Intent on visiting the zoo

Jaguar

Kids and families!

Lions / lynx

Meerkats

Napping grandson

Out and in – a stroller

Puma

Quietly and Not so Quietly

Reviewing the animals and their informational signs

Seals / sea lions

Tiger

Under the cloudy Louisville skies

Very precious families

Warthog

Xany dad

Youthful grandmothers

Zebras

How do you capture the unique qualities of a day?


Process/Goal:   To describe the day at the zoo with grandson, mom, dad and the two grandmothers. What a fun day through the eyes of a 10 1/2 month old boy.  I recorded notes on my phone with “S Notes” seen here as we headed home from the zoo.

At 11:01 pm I decided to stay with the ABC idea since I was past the midpoint. I began the draft and thought of how to “cover” the letters where I did not have animal names. Seriously, typed and ready to post in less than 30 minutes!


 

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Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  It’s the March Slice of Life Challenge; posts are DAILY!

 

 

#SOL16: March Challenge 27 – Joyful


 

Joyful

Walking

Talking

Laughing

Swinging

Mommy pushes me on the swing . . .

Laughing

Swinging

Walking

Sliding

Walking

Watching

Sliding down with daddy

Walking up with daddy

Laughing

At the park

Laughing

With my grandson . . .

And his family . . .

Precious moments!


Process/Goals:

Using my #OLW Joy, I wanted to capture our fun at the park last night. What a treat to have family fun time at the park where his mom used to play. Visiting family memories and creating new ones.  Nothing as precious as the infectious laughter of my grandson . . . 10 1/2 months old!

I knew I needed verbs as he is all about action and all about “I can do it myself”. And then I played with the spacing. That was the most fun part of today’s writing. . . how I wanted the words to look as they went across the page.


 

What joyful moments are you capturing?

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Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  It’s the March Slice of Life Challenge; posts are DAILY!

 

 

#SOL15: My heart is full!


“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

― Joan Didion

My heart is full!

A glorious holiday weekend spent with family.

Talk,

Laughter,

Walks,

Time together.

Silly faces,

snuggles,

bottles,

diapers,

stolen kisses,

“baby-sitting”.

A study of a child,

how he looks,

how he laughs,

how he “talks”,

how he gnaws,

how he smells,

how he drools (could it be an impending tooth?),

how he brings us such happiness . . .

precious moments in time!

My heart is full,

Yet bittersweet tears . . . the leaving is so hard!

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Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

#SOL15: Welcome!


Our news is not new news.

We know . . .

We will soon be proud grandparents.

The unknown . . .

When?

Soon?

Yes, soon!

How soon?

Not the due date!

Not a Derby Baby!

Not the day after.

Nor the next day

Nor the next

Days pass

Should I go?

Should I stay?

Waiting . . ..

Until it’s time!

grandson announce

Excitement builds!

On Mother’s Day

The hospital waiting room beckons

Others waiting

Hushed voices

Waiting

Memories

Memories of the birth of my son a quarter century ago.

Now

My son’s son.

A healthy baby boy!

grandson

My heart is full!

Dreams of our future

Dreams of the possibilities

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Welcome, grandson!

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