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Archive for June, 2011

New Pass Time Activity

Posted by Barack Levin on 7th June 2011

In our house, the kids do not watch TV for many reasons (listed in previous posts). We are a very active family and almost always on the go, even on weekdays but sometimes, we also slow down the pace and the kids have nothing to do.

A week ago, this scenario came true. The kids played together and after awhile go bored. They came to me for solutions and suggestions. I had none but than I saw my son’s (7) homework lying on the table. It was a math sheet with up to 20 addition and subtraction exercises. I had an idea. I asked him to bring them over. “Are these your homework?” I asked. “Yes, they are.” He replied “I already finished them”. “You want to tell me that this is all the math you know?” I asked. “Of course not” he said “I know more than that”. “Ok” I said nodding my head. “How about you?” and I showed the homework to my girl (5.5). “Can you do these?” I asked. “Of course” she answered with no hesitation. “I do not believe you” I said to both of them. “Let me check”. I went to my PC and visited a math practice site. I printed out some math worksheets similar to the ones my son brought and gave them to my girl. I continued and printed out multiplication and large number addition and subtraction worksheets for my son. “Here you go” I said. “Show me you can do them”.

They both went to the table to worked on them giving me some more free time. They came back 10 minutes later with the solved worksheets. Several mistakes but overall, a great job. My little girl still write in mirror writing and calculated with her fingers, but she got most of them right. They were so proud of their work and asked for more. We spent about an hour solving math problems. This is now becoming one of their favorite new pass time activities.

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Bye Bye Kids

Posted by Barack Levin on 7th June 2011

Last day of school has finally arrived. The kids were excited and celebrated with their friends the end of the year. But there was another reason for celebration, mainly for us – the kids will fly for the first time, all by themselves on a trans Atlantic flight or in airline terms – unaccompanied minors.

We have prepared them for that day for weeks. It is not the first time they fly but still, we had to tell them that the whole air crew is at their disposal for any question or help that they might need, to ask for food when hungry, to request something to drink when thirsty and even stand up and go the bathroom when they need to even if the seat belt sign is on.

We reached the airport and the air crew was super nice. The pilot had even taken them to the cockpit and showed them the instruments. The flight was delayed by 2 hours and finally took off.

On the other side of the Atlantic, 9 hours later, 2 grandparents were waiting for the kids at the airport. The stewardess came out stating that they were easy kids. They played on the DSI most of the flight (our rule in the house is 20 minutes per day, but on flights we let them play as much as they want).

The kids will now spend the summer break with their grandparents, we will have our own well deserved summer break, it is cheaper to send the kids overseas than to send them to camps and my in-laws will have the kids for 2.5 months. Win-win for everyone.

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