Tuesday, May 17, 2011

All About Me Essays

A little while back, I mentioned that the kids were learning how to write simple 5 paragraph essays and that they wrote an essay about themselves. We used the model provided on Primary Education Oasis to learn the process of writing essays.

My ten year old son wrote:
An Essay All About Me

Crunch, Crunch! My All About Me bag is open. Out I pull three things: a pot holder, a Lego figure and a pack of drawing pencils. Each item says a little about me, Noah.

A pot holder represents the cook in me. I love to cook. I cook a lot, but sometimes my food doesn’t turn out the way I would like. When I cook, I make a tremendous mess. This upsets my mom, especially if she just cleaned the kitchen.

Second, I have a Lego figure. Why you may ask? It is my favourite toy. I can spend hours building Lego. My favourite Lego theme is Star Wars. I think the Lego people should come up with Tron Lego. Mom and dad are even planning a Lego themed birthday party for me.

Last, but not at all least, I have a pack of drawing pencils. Drawing is my favourite way to spend my spare time when I am not cooking or playing Lego. My sister calls me an ‘artist’, but I think she can draw way prettier than me. Can you believe that I can fill an entire sketch book in a week?

Now that you know a little about me, I can close my All About Me bag. I want to know more about you. What three things would describe you?
My eight year old daughter wrote:
An Essay All About Me

Crinkle, crackle! That’s the sound of my All About Me bag. In it are three things that describe me: a horse, a pair of sewing scissors and a prayer book. I will tell you why they describe me. Is everyone ready? Alright.

I have a horse in my bag because I have lots of books about them. I really love horses. My favourite horse is the Halflinger. Someday I want to ride one.

The second thing in my bag is a pair of sewing scissors. I like to sew presents for my brothers for Christmas. I hope to sew lots of nice things to put in a hope chest.

Lastly, there’s a prayer book. I put this in my bag because I love praying and talking to Jesus. Prayer is a bandage for your soul, it makes the damage from sin whole again.

Crinkle crackle! That’s the sound of my All About Me bag closing. Now you know a little bit about me. I just wonder what you would put in your bag.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May Day Nature Walk

Easter came and I didn't blog. Divine Mercy Sunday came and I didn't blog. It seems that when the whole world is blogging, I am with my family with blogging at the bottom of my priority list. Do you people write ahead and just have the posts show up on the day? How do you find the time to blog on such special days? I am not judging, just curious. I can't seem to get organized enough to knock many items off my to do list, let alone blog.

Easter Sunday was spent at a dear friends place. The kids hunted for Easter Eggs while the adults enjoyed a lovely brunch. It was nice to not have to plan the event and to just show up and enjoy. It was a lovely day.

Divine Mercy Sunday was another cool, but beautiful day. We decided to venture out after Mass and lunch to somewhere in the city that we had never gone before. I did a quick internet search and looked up some parks in our city. Our plan is to visit as many as possible within close driving distance (the city is huge and it takes nearly an hour to drive to some of the parks) during the next few months. We opted for the William Pearce Water Conservation Area.

We were greeted by Prairie Dogs. I unfortunately couldn't get a picture of them. They pop in and out of their holes so fast that it was impossible to get a picture. We walked along the paths and marveled the fact that it is already May and spring hasn't really sprung yet. That is normal here and so is the white stuff in May. So far, so good, no white stuff.

It was nice just going for a nice walk. We have been so busy with the baby and then the move, that we haven't been out doing fun stuff. Spare time was used for errands and fixing up things and unpacking and etc. I am looking forward to a summer with my kiddos, a book in tow, (as if I will get to open it) the odd cup of coffee and kickin up my heels and relaxing. I haven't done that in years.

We pleadged not to buy any seasons passes this year. We love the zoo and Heritage Park especially, but they aren't in the budget this year. Even if we somehow have the money, I really want to opt out of the purchase. It is not that I don't feel that they have value, but rather that I want to discover some of the free options our city has to offer. Not only that, we spent a little money on our backyard and plan to spend most of our summer there. I will post about that later, if I can. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the picture of our nature walk.

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