On Saturday JEM participated in the 4-H Dog Fun Match which is a mock dog show. Every Thursday night from April through July JEM practices dog showmanship and obedience for the Morgan County 4-H Dog project. They have a mock dog show in June so the kids can get a trial run that prepares them for the show that takes place during the County fair.
The kids and I had a busy day. I wish I would of got up earlier but I stayed up too late. We met my friend Jen and her son at open gym at the Martinsville Gymnastics Academy where my girls take gymnastics on Thursdays.
After the gym we went to the school playground to have lunch. Then we parted ways and I had to go to the library to return and get MJ more books. She loves the library and they have their summer reading program going on. She makes a contract saying how many books she is going to read for the summer and each week she gets a prize when she comes to check out books.
Then we went home and got stuff ready for our 4-H meeting at the community garden. JEM’s group weeded the garden, made pinwheels, and tin pie pan decorations for the garden.
The minis who I’m in charge of made paper plate crafts. I didn’t have as many as I thought I would so it went well and not too messy.
I’m always running out of stuff so we had to go to the store to pick up something easy for dinner. We are on a new healthier diet so going to the store is a challenge because I have to read the labels. We decided on chicken salad and fruit. Very easy and not much cooking just chopping.
Well off to eat dinner.
Homeschool is out but with a preschooler, school is never out. I have to have something for her do during the day so instead of calling it school it’s craft time, story-time, and phonics time. I feel like if we take too much time off we lose our routine.
MJ enjoys painting and making all sorts of things. I found a book about making paper plate crafts to give some direction to her art or gives me some creative things to make.
She has a great imagination and makes stuff up as she goes. I end up with all kinds of creative paper projects to hang on the frig. This summer my goal is to do fun crafty things that incorporate school but the kids don’t realize it.
Jem has many 4-H projects to complete and we have several summer reading activities to do at the library. Jem is going into 6th grade so she has to move up to the teen library program. I’m a little disappointed though, she is still only 11 and not quite a teen.
Monday nights from 6-8 is our pee wee soccer program through the Barbara B Jordan YMCA. Soon as Cathy and I found out we had a new youth athletic director we decided to tell him about a few of our ideas for soccer.
We coached pee wee soccer in the past and now that my MJ would be starting we wanted to improve the program by implementing some ideas we learned from a friend who had experienced a great soccer program in Mooresville.
We asked the previous director about changing things but she just didn’t feel she could change it without a lot of complaining parents. People just don’t really like change.
But with a new director change was going to happen and this would be the best time to do it.
Pee Wee soccer before was a 30 minute practice and then a 30 minute game each coach responsible for their team. This was fine for the coaches that had the knowledge to teach the little ones but it left the teams uneven in their skills. Some coaches were great some not so great. Then when it came to the game it was what Cathy called “Mad House Soccer” where the kids all go for the ball and it usually ends up with the one or two kids with speed and skills get the ball. Leaving the others crying or on the playground.
The new program is set up to give the children, parents, and coaches the knowledge, and skills they need.
We start with 4 skill zones or stations;
- Trapping, Running, and Body Awareness
- Game knowledge
with 4 teams rotating to each zone for about 8 minutes playing games that teach that skill. The coach with the parents pair up with their children to do the skills with them and encourage them.
Having the parents as helpers and their child’s partner ensures that all the kids are working on the skills and they can make sure the are progressing with the skills. In the past having just one coach and 9 kids made it where a select few who were motivated, not shy that really benefit. Now they all do.
Then after the 30 or so minutes at the skill zones we pair up the teams and play a 4 vs 4 game substituting players for about 20 or so minutes.
Having the skill zones to teach skills, and then the game time to just let them play soccer.
Our first two sessions of soccer went very well. MJ enjoyed the station part but the game time she just wasn’t up for. This is her first year of soccer and is probably why. Hopefully as the season continues she will be braver and gain more confidence.
We celebrated Mother’s Day at the park on Saturday because rain was in the forecast for Sunday and the day was so beautiful.
My day started with work from 4 to 8 am and then soccer games until 3, then off to the park.
We went to Jim Hummel park in Plainfield. MJ and JEM call this park the s quarrel park. They come right up to you and eat peanuts from your hand. JEM got some great pictures for her 4-H photography project.
After the park we went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, Los Camios Real. Then home where everyone passed out left and right. First was dad on the couch, then MJ and finally JEM and I went to bed.
On Sunday we went to church and home to bar b Que. We invited my mother-in-law over and played Wii while hubby did the cooking. Well the main part, the manly part of bar b queuing. He and J cleaned up everything after though.
It was great to just stay home and relax. A great Mother’s Day.
Our meeting went well even though we got rained out of gardening at our community garden. We had to go with our back-up plan and have the meeting inside instead.
The weather has been a pain, cold, rainy, and I thought it was spring already. I expect rain, but the cold, I was hoping we were done with.
Instead of preparing our 4-H garden we had to do our back-up plan and had our regular 4-H members mock judge the window display contestants.
Each year the 4-H clubs decorate a window somewhere in town to promote 4-H with the theme for the year. Our 2011 theme is 4-H 4U in a cell phone text format to promote 4-H is for everyone and not just about farming and livestock.
There is so much more to 4-H.
- aerospace and the list goes on…
Our club had a display a the Morgan County Library showing a farm, apartment, and suburb (home) with a 4-H member in each texting each other about the projects they were working on and then a picture of each club member and their favorite 4-H project as the boarder of our display. We also had a Lego display in the display window as you enter the library.
Our club, Kids with a Mission, won 2nd place this year. Last year we were 8th, so quite an improvement.
While the regular members were doing the mock judging our mini 4-Hers learned about how and what plants need. They did a worksheet and made a how plants grow mini book then planted marigolds to take home and care for until fair, where they will show their blooms as a project for mini gardening.
Next meeting is planned for May 17th at the community garden a second attempt at starting our planting.
MJ was in a good playful mood this morning starting her day playing instead of being clingy and whiny. She fell asleep early last night at 8 and woke up about 9 which gave her a well rested night.
JEM is usually the first up and I guess she decided to secretly play barbies. She said she was cleaning the living room when I asked her if she was playing barbies. They looked so inviting to play with, for MJ as well as me. Cinderella was sitting on her couch watching TV with her daughter after a bit of tea.
The kids and I are not the only ones who like to play with them because they usually look like a tornado hit in the night. Our two funny kittens, Bob and Thunder Cat tackle and wrestle with them while we sleep.
The day started off great with MJ peacefully playing and JEM my independent homeschooler working on her Logic workbook and then her science. She is studying the human body and displaying what she learned in her first lapbook.
We are new to Lapbooking and have found it is a wonderful way to show what she is learning instead of just boring reports and piles of lose paper. With the lapbook she will have her reports, sketches, and more all in one place.
When the day starts off good the whole day seems to go smoothly. After Barbies MJ had breakfast, got dressed and we played with play-dough. Then I eased her into doing school and we worked on phonics. I use Phonics Pathways, the phonics game, and her puppets to learn to read.
She is doing well, but have to remember she is only 4 and not as eager as JEM was so I have to make it interesting for her, like using the puppets. She started off good but started acting goofy so we took a break and went outside. I wrote the same words with chalk on the sidewalk and she liked that better.
Today was a great day. Don’t you just love those kind of days, when everything runs smoothly?