Archive for July, 2011


Belated International Mud Day

July 13, 2011

June 29, 2011 was International Mud Day, which we unfortunately missed. However, we celebrated this past weekend! Four of my kids celebrated the mud.

The Waterfall

My eldest daughter designated herself The Waterfall

My eldest daughter designated herself the bearer of water, and created rivers and waterfalls (basically, in charge of the hose).

At first, my son with SPD refused to touch the mud, and used a stick

Sensory Processing Disorder, “is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Pioneering occupational therapist and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, PhD, likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school failure, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.” (sinetwork)

Eventually, he was willing to touch the mud, and discovered that he absolutely LOVED it!

My brave son = 1, SPD = 0

We really had so much fun!

Mud was explored by all

They made Mud Pies, cakes, a fabulous Mud Volcano and a glorious muddy mess.

My middle son's Mud Pie

My youngest's Mud Pie

More mud fun

The Great Mud Volcano

I am looking forward to more Mud Day fun next year. Sharing the exploration of nature and science, hands-on with the littles is so much fun! Watching them see things for the “first” time is one of my very favorite things. There are lots of projects and activities that can be done in the name of Mud Exploration.


The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD

July 12, 2011

The Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHDThe Little Monster: Growing Up With ADHD by Robert Jergen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

If I could, I would give this book 2.5 stars, as it is better than “it was ok” but not in the realm of “I liked it”.

Many times, I honestly wanted to throw this book out the window, and quit reading it. However, I forced myself to finish it, partly because I wondered if it would get better. I realize that the author has written an autobiography, but even still, it seemed a bit egocentric. Also, I found this book was written in a manner that was akin to high school level writing.

In my opinion, the author seems to have the assumption that all individuals with ADHD have the same mannerisms, faults and behaviors. Although, much of his descriptions of how it is to live in an ADHD mind are accurate, these assumptions are not what every individual with ADHD experiences. The author takes his experiences of ADHD and, many times, states that this is what occurs for “all” people with ADHD.

For those looking for a book that accurately describes the first hand experience of ADHD, this book is informative. However, there are better books out there that do a much better job, in my opinion.

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The Well Trained Mind

July 3, 2011

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at HomeThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I actually put off reading this book for quite a while. Anyone who homeschools most likely knows that this book comes highly recommended, but I avoided it because of the “classical education” teachings, as I have always considered myself an eclectic homeschooler.
Was I surprised!
I am very happy I read it, I should have read it long ago and would highly recommend it to anyone with serious considerations for homeschooling. Even if the reader has no intentions of utilizing a classical method to homeschooling, the resources throughout and information on the trivium of learning is so incredibly useful.
I am thoroughly amazed at how much I got out of this book! Certainly, I will be re-reading it many times over the next many years, and want to attain a copy of my own eventually. I never considered myself anything resembling a classical method homeschooler, but our homeschooling experience has now been heavily influenced by the education I received by reading this title. I suppose I must have been somewhat confused at what classical education really is. Unbeknownst to me, I already believed in so much of what is classical education and felt that it was missing from institutions across the nation.
This is, most definately, without a doubt, a must read for anyone on this path!

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