Hello all. I know, it’s an odd assortment of items to be grouped together in a title, right? Of course it is. That title has been floating through my head almost every day for weeks. And that would be because these items (in plastic miniature, obvs) have been on the shelves in my shower for that long.
It’s curious, the things that show up in your life when you have a little boy in your house. Little boys enjoy collecting things like bottle caps and making folded paper ninja stars and dragon claws. They are all about guns and war, blood, guts, death and destruction. At least mine is. He learning all about WWII with the help of several books and videos his dear Grandma got him from the Bookmobile at the library. He also wants to learn to speak Korean because we watch M*A*S*H on DVD all the time. And he wants to learn Spanish so he can really get the most out of the Puss In Boots movie.
In addition to the green plastic reptile that seems to have taken up permanent residence in the shower, The Boy also recently got a big kick out of the discovery of some real geckos- tiny little Mediterranean House Geckos that hang around the building where I work. (He comes to work with me most days and does his homeschooling there. We can get away with that because I work in a church building where I’m basically the only person there about 70% of the time. It’s awesome.) Anyway, we walked in the door one day, and one of those little guys was crawling along the floor in front of the shelf right inside the door. He chased it and caught it, but after a few minutes and the loss of one stripe-y little gecko tail, I convinced him to let the poor thing go. Not too long after that, he found another one in the shelf on the other side of the door, and we made it a nifty little house out of two styrofoam cups taped together. The Boy brought the little guy home to show his sisters, and then he let that one go, too. But in the meantime, we looked on the internet and found out all about him, where he came from, what he ate, and everything. (That’s how we knew for sure what kind it was.)
Anyway. I guess I’m not really sure what kind of connection Dobby and the goat have in all of this, except that they just make for a funny list. And it’s just funny what kinds of things end up in your shower when kids are around, and how when you’re doing self-directed learning homeschool, you have freedom undreamed of in a learn-by-rote, teach-to-the-test, NCLB public school classroom. Freedom both exhilarating and terrifying. But at least every day is an adventure.
Until next time,
- Sometimes you just have to get silly (twistedsticher.wordpress.com)
- Learning from Geckos BLOG (lewissci.wordpress.com)
- The Bookmobile: Bringing the Library to Your Community (rochpublibrary.wordpress.com)