Ah, the day before school starts up again!!!

The big question today after breakfast and early church service was is it really a school day tomorrow? Ah, was I sure? Yea, really...Just too funny. The summer has slipped by so quickly here in sunny Florida. All the school supply shopping, pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, binders, book covers and on and on. My thoughts now are on packing lunches. I have so many new ideas and recipes to share! We are so fortunate to have a plethora of fruits and vegetables available. I incorporate them daily in one form or another. Lunch packing is no different really....more

They keep changing the math

In my nightmares, I am sitting at a too-small desk, faced with a series of computations. I have to solve for x...but I have no idea how to do the work....more

The Five Levels of Homework Hell

I am pretty sure when Dante’s Inferno was written in the 14th century he was looking into the future and referencing homework hell. There is nothing divine or comedic about undertaking the challenge of homework. Here is just a sampling of the fun that awaits you once your child passes this milestone of scholastic hell, and for those of you that have lived through it…please tell me there is hope....more
That's the best thing about having grown up kids (our youngest is a sophomore in HS) -- homework ...more

The Learning Party

Both boys got their ‘card’  pulled at school, on the same day, for getting in trouble.  Ryan — for not finishing journal.  Owen — MORE serious:  tripping a kid “because he felt like it”, and not doing his best work.  NICE.  And Owen was COVERED from head to toe in dirt, grime and filth....more

Are We Raising a Generation of Entitled Children?

Over the dinner table my 17-year-old was telling us how he is the only kid in his class who does his own laundry. Let me point out that he does it of his own volition, and not because I make him do it. But it does make my life easier. He did say that there is one kid in his class who actually has to fold his own laundry once it’s done, and put it away. But he keeps it all in a laundry basket and just fishes out what he needs when he needs it. The rest of the kids have everything done for them. What kind of children are we raising? ...more
One of the "gifts" of being a single mom - and there are not many! - is that out of necessity, ...more

Miss, My Friends Ate My Geography Homework

I was half way through writing a serious post about social work and how I realised I really shouldn’t be in that career (it was when I started entertaining myself by using obscure words in my case notes, because I had got tired of parroting the social work jargon which imprisoned my thoughts and judgement) but I had to stop because I hadn't finished making tea, and my daughter wanted to talk to me.Also, she was being very funny.‘I’ve got a problem,’ she said ‘Seriously. You know that geography project?’...more

Minecraft Madness

Three computers, one laptop, three tablet and one ipod adds up to one messed up household of game addicts.  I love my boys and hate to deprive them of their favorite hobby.  Minecraft is a good spatial awareness game.  Why do they need to play non-stop?  I try to break up their day and do other things.  Lately, the stress is overwhelming.  I want to write my thoughts out, but my head is stuck.  Anyone know anything about Minecraft servers?  What is it?  Why do you need it?...more

How to help your grandson with his homework

A few days ago my nine year old grandson needed help with his harvest moon poem so here is what we started out with  Leaves are in the trees. Leaves are turning brown and falling on the ground.Now I have to rake for goodness sake! Guess I need a break!We didn't like the first poem we came up with so made another one.I can see the moon. It is the harvest moon. It is way up in the sky like a big orange balloon. What do you see? Do you see the harvest moon? ...more

"I Can't Do My Homework Because We Have Termites," and Other Lies My Son Told

So then…I open an email from Tucker’s 6th grade teacher that says: “Dear Mrs. Perdu: Tucker did not have his homework today; he told me this was because there was a termite infestation at home. I told him he needed to ask you to write a note explaining the situation, but he said that his family did not believe in writing notes. However, since our homework policy is not to accept late work, I would appreciate a note or an e-mail when unusual situations occur so that Tucker can receive full credit....more
Last December, my 5th grader told his teacher he was unable to complete his homework because his ...more

First things first

One of my sons had chosen to take a nap after school before dragging himself to football practice. By the time he got home and showered, it was already 8:30 p.m. when he was starting up his laptop to do his homework.“When is this due?” I set him up with a plate of food and a drink at his desk.“I have to get this part done by tomorrow.”...more