Friday, May 21, 2010

Visit to Botanical Gardens

Went to the Botanical Gardens last week and enjoyed the lilac festival. We also had the pleasure of meeting a very frisky woodpecker (I think). I couldn't get over how friendly and playful he was. If anyone knows what he is I'd be interested in hearing back from you. I must look him up. We were waiting for chick-a-dees but this little guy appeared. Great day.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Around the World Expo

Yesterday we had our 3rd annual Around the World Expo. 30 families participated. It's the one major event I plan for the homeschool group each year. I was pleased with how it went. All families put so much work into their exhibits. They choose the country they want to study and prepare a table top display. Each family also provides a snack from their country and a stamp or sticker for passports. Each child is given their own passport and when they visit a country they get a sticker or stamp. The food and the passports are by far their favourite part of the Expo!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What Are Your Thoughts on Chores?

A few weeks ago we had a little friend over to play with Mickey. She was telling us that she gets to do grown-up jobs at home which are referred to as chores. In return she gets paid. Firstly, I really dislike that word chore. It's a horrendous word. Not that vacuuming is all roses and bubbles, but if I personally had to think of everything that I was doing around the house as a chore, nothing would get done! In our house, these jobs are just expected. They're what each member of the family does to contribute. If a job needs to get down, someone fills the position. There are no monetary benefits. If my children need something and the request is reasonable, it's bought. At some point, we'll have to figure out how to handle the issue of allowances, but at this point they're not needed. The money in their bank is from gifts. In the future I see paying them for jobs done that are above and beyond the normal every day expectations.