What is a monkeybox?

When I was a little girl, we had a pet monkey named Amanda. My Dad worked in the produce business, so each night he brought home that days culls in a big box - spotty cucumbers, pithy apples, limp celery, moldy oranges and the like. We called it a monkeybox. It was really just trash, but my Mom would take each piece of fruit and trim it, pare it and cut it up to make a beautiful fruit platter for Amanda. Even though it was deemed trash by one, it still had life left in it and was good for the purpose we needed it. That's how I live my life - thrifting, yard saling, looking for another's trash to be my treasure.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

This morning, the sky was an intense blue and there were big puffy clouds in the sky. The Bean and I jumped in the car and went cloud chasing. We are studying Weather right now. It was 11:15 when we left the house. I decided at the last minute that even though it was 66 degrees, maybe we should take our jackets. We chased clouds awhile, then I got the idea that we should go up on top of a local mountain and see the clouds. We got up there about 12:30 (after a quick detour at the Confederate Cemetary) and quickly watched the clouds go from white and puffy to gray all over. We also watched the temperature drop to 38 degres in a matter of minutes. Honestly. It went from warm to frigid almost immediately. Were we ever glad to have those jackets! From up on the mountain we could watch the clouds change and move out, the cold haze set in and the wether in general just go ka-put. We came down off the mountain and went back to our warm comfy house.

Yesterday we went out to the river and watched water currents and looked at the trees. I really don't know if he learns that much, but the truth is, he is smart and already knows a lot. Often I am all full of myself telling him how something works or why something is happening and he jumps in and tells me far more than I was going to tell him. We can only stay home with our nose in the books for so long - we need fresh air and a change of scenery. So, little daily field trips seem to do the trick.

I took the picture above by the river and I think it is my new favorite photo.

A fork in the river.

Water erosion.



Oh, yea. I've got this Homeschooling stuff down pat.

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  1. hara I hunted and hunted and hunted and no way could I find that darn FORK in the river...was silver? stainless?

  2. You're doin' a good job! And isn't it fun when our kids jump in and teach US things??? I love going along on your little outings! Keep taking those pictures! : )


  3. I'm thinking that you are getting as much as you are giving with the homeschooling experience! I think it's a wonderful way to teach in many ways. Showing rather than telling is far more meaningful in most cases. I wish I was in the position to do this with my son--though I suppose I can do more than I do on the weekends to support what they are doing in the classroom.

    You're an A+++ Mom!

  4. Anonymous1:54 PM

    I think that you learn a lot more about things and remember better when you have hands on experience. You are probably learning a lot too. How wonderful to have this great opportunity to spend time with the Bean.

    My DD and I have fun shopping together even if we don't buy much at all. We have done this since she was young and it is amazing what you can talk about and learn from them when sitting around eating out at lunch. They feel like they have all of your attention and can really talk about things.



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