That’s True Though

The P is pretty honest. He confessed that he played a prank on a girl at school.

Trying to gauge the severity of the prank, I ask what the girl’s face looked like when she found she had been pranked.

He said, “Kinda funny surprised”

“Could you show me with your face?”

“Um. No. Girls are too complicated.”


Aren’t they teaching you anything at that school?

The Princess is in a two-day per week preschool now.  She likes it.

Most of her stories about school follow this formula:

Caring Adult: Did you have fun at school today?

Princess: Yes.  Everyone (insert normal preschool activity here).

Caring Adult: That’s great.  Did you (insert normal preschool activity again)?

Princess: No, I just watched.

This is how it goes.

Last week, the Princess said, “Everyone jumped like a frog.  But I did not jump.  I did not know how to jump like a frog. ”  Then, “I will ask brother to teach me how.”

And he did.  It was really cute, and he was very proud to teach her a new, very important skill.

Back to School, Ring the Bell

We are back to school!  At least, The P is back.  His school started a little early.

It’s a different sort of school.  With this schedule, we have a little more time in the mornings to do homework or fill in the gaps for classes that this new school does not have.

For example, we want him to learn Spanish.  He wants to learn art.  So I told him we would learn Spanish and art in the mornings.

Last night, he said he wanted me to teach him about the parts of his body because he was pretty sure his science teacher was not going to talk about that.  And he wanted to start with his brain.

So, we dropped Spanish for a day and combined art with biology.  Luckily, I had an old A&P book in the closet that I never sold back.  It has Apolo Ohno speed skating on the cover.  He was just on TV here recently, so it made me feel not that old.

I read up on brains and brain parts.  A brain has 4 major parts, in case you were wondering.  I reviewed the parts with The P and talked generally about what each part does.  This was our biology lesson.

Then, we talked about drawing people in action and making sure that the whole person was doing the action so that it looks more believable.  This was the art lesson.  We used our cereal box for examples of a really well drawn honey bee.

Next, we combined it.  He drew several pictures of people and animals doing different things.  Then we talked about what parts of their brains were controlling their actions.

Does a first grader really need to know the difference between his cerebral cortex and his cerebellum?  No.  Probably not.  But when he was younger, he asked if boys could be doctors, too.  I told him that it was possible, but you have to study really hard.  So, the studying begins now.  I’ll thank myself when he is flying me to Hawaii with all the money he made as a brain surgeon.

I don’t know if he’ll really fly me to Hawaii.  But I will certainly make up for the money I lost not selling back this Apolo Ohno A&P book.  For sure.