First Time Horseback Riding

Summer’s nearly over and we’ve managed to do mostly everything on our summer bucket list, with the exception of going to the beach. It’s something we do every year and it feels kind of odd that we have not been to the Carolina Coast so far this season. I know, we went on a cruise and visited the beautiful beaches of the Bahamas, but it’s still not the same. Not to fret, even though school starts in a week, we still may make it to the water. We have a three day holiday in September so we’ll see.

On our Summer 2017 Bucket List was horseback riding and that was something that we completed today. For the first time in both our lives, Lil Bit and I rode a horse. Papa came along but did not ride due to a shoulder injury. I’d be lying if I said I was not scared for both me and Lil Bit. For me because I have severe arthritis and fibromyalgia. I was afraid of falling and breaking something or even getting trampled by this big animal that I was mounted on top of. For Lil Bit because she’s such a small thing and I didn’t want her to fall or be fearful. However, if you know anything about Lil Bit, she is fearless. After working out a few kinks, she was riding the horse like she had been riding it for years. She even tried to make the horse go faster than she was supposed to because, afterall, a little trotting was not exciting enough for her.

After a twenty minute ride through the Tanglewood Stables, we had learned a few basic maneauvers, and our experience was over. I know why Cowboys are bowlegged and still don’t understand how they did all that riding, galloping, etc., because even after soaking in Epson salt, I was sore for a couple of days.

Lil Bit liked it so much that she wants to take riding lessons. We’ll see, Lil Bit, we’ll see!

Links: http://www.tanglewoodstables.com/Dowds_Stables_at_Tanglewood_Farm/Welcome_to_the_Farm.html

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WLBIR Nikki & Deja: Substitute Trouble

Right now, Lil Bit is finishing up Nikki & Deja: Substitute Trouble by Karen English. She is nearly finished with the book, but I suspect it will be one that she will revisit as she is still in vacation mode and I’m not sure if she’s retaining any of what she is reading.

Sor far, in Lil Bit’s own words: “The book is about Deja and Nikki, who had an old teacher, Ms. Shelby-Ortiz. One day Nikki and Deja saw a man and they did not know who he was. When they got into their classroom the teacher said that Ms. Shelby-Ortiz had an accident. And, that she would be out for two or three weeks. Then Deja and Nikki were so surprised about the accident. “

This is all she has for now, but she will do a video book review once she is done reading the book, which I’m hoping is today. See the link below for Nikki & Deja books.

Nikki & Deja Books

 

Happy 4th of July

The 4th of July, or as it is really called, Independence Day has different meaning for different people. Many look at it as the anniversary of our freedom as a country, many look at it as a day off, while others see it as another special day to party. This day actually commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The United States regarded themselves as a new nation and was no longer a part of the British Empire.

The Bryants didn’t do a whole lot this year. We had a few family members over, grilled, ate and had a great time. In years past, we’ve gone to the park to watch the fireworks, but in this day and age, it’s all a bit scary, especially for Lil Bit. The crowds have grown in great proportions and so many “shooting” accidents have happened that it is hard to determine if the loud earth shaking booms, are in fact fireworks or gunshots.

In addition to great food and fellowship, Lil Bit worked on a few 4th of July educational activities. I’ve posted the links below. As you all know, we home school in addition to public school. If you’re looking for educational resources to keep your children’s skills sharp during the summer, these resources may be for you. We use resources like Teachers Pay Teachers, (free and pay site) and other sites like Education.com (free and pay site). But don’t limit yourself. If you Google or browse Pinterest, you’ll find a ton of activities and worksheets to keep your children on the ball as far as education is concerned.

Education.com 4th of July Worksheets
Have Fun Teaching Worksheets
Super Teacher Worksheets
TeachersPayTeachers Worksheets

 

Field Trip to Haw River National Park

Today was an exciting day. Glamma and Lil Bit went on a class field trip to Haw River National Park in Brown Summit, North Carolina. I highly recommend this as a field trip for all students ages 6-12. We learned so much at the park.

We did not know what to expect but we were welcomed with open arms by the staff, and they were all so professional, friendly and helpful from the time we stepped off the bus, til the time we turned the corner and they were out of view.

When we first arrived, the staff, dressed like Rangers and ranger helpers, made sure we knew where to park and where the restrooms and water fountains were. They all introduced themselves by giving their first names and the animals they loved for that moment. The children got a kick out of that.

After safety and other instructions were given, the children were off in search of adventure.  The first thing they learned was about owls. Did you know that when an owl eats its prey, it cannot digest most of what it eats? Because of this, they form owl pellets.

The children got a chance to dissect actual owl pellets which were infused with bones, skulls, fur and whatever that other stuff was. It was disgusting, but the children had a ball.

Next, the children were on to playing the “owl” version of hide-and-go-seek, which helped them to understand how the owl uses its senses, mainly its eyes, to single out its prey.

What’s a trip to a National Park if you cannot dabble in “bug play?” Yes, after lunch, the children got to play with real like grasshoppers and crickets. They caught ants and other six-legged, two-winged, creatures.

We felt really special when it was time to leave. The staff made sure we were all packed and that the children were boarded. As we drove away, they stood on both sides of the exit and waved. The driveway is pretty long–when I looked back in the rear-view mirror and began to turn to where we could no longer see the staff, they were still waving goodbye to us. How cool is that?

I’ve added a few photos to share with you all.  You can watch the video on our YouTube Channel very soon. Make sure you give the video a #thumbsup and #subscribe to our channel. Thank you!

Tomorrow, we’re off to another state park. See you soon!

 

3rd Quarter Awards!

Today was Award’s Day at school. Lil Bit didn’t get as many awards as she is used to, but she still cleaned house. She is very competitive, and it showed.

The awards she received this time around were, Certificate of Service (for being the Box Tops Queen), Certificate of Citizenship, Certificate of Perfect Attendance, and a Reading Certificate, because she loves to read.

It’s funny. At night, when she’s supposed to be sleep, I’ll either peek in on her baby cam, or tip-toe in her room to find her under the covers reading a book. I am ecstatic that she loves to read. Don’t forget to check out her reading list on the Reading List tab.

 

Kid’s Poetry Basketball

Lil Bit has been participating in after-school Kid’s Poetry Football at her school. Today, they held their annual event. I was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed myself. The program was founded by Clement Mallory. It’s basketball with a play on words and poetry.

The events of the day included basketball, of course, word rhyming, word creation, fitness, collage creation and face painting. The adults got involved too. However, glamma was dressed too cute, and besides, I was the photographer, so I got a pass. Papa, on the other hand, was not so lucky. He participated like a trooper, but soon remembered that he’s nearly 55.

If you are in the area, and your child likes sports, I really recommend this program. The program has sponsored events throughout the year and even has a back-to-school drive for the kiddos.

If you’re interested in an event or donating to this great program, you can email Mr. Mallory by clicking on the link below. Also find the video.

 

Links

Kid’s Poetry and Basketball

 

We’re in Business!

Today, I dropped Lil Bit off at school. She was excited because her/our business cards came in the mail yesterday. Her first words when she saw them were, “I’m Famous!” How adorable right?

A follow up to yesterday’s post, Lil Bit promises to bring home a green square (which means she had a good day) on her behavioral chart today. I know she can do it. I imagine to many parents, getting a blue square (which means warning!) isn’t such a big deal, but for us, it is very important to make clear up front what the goals and expectation of our children our. In the case of Papa and I, our children are grown, and Lil Bit is our granddaughter. And being that we are raising her, we are raising her as if she was one of our own–and technically, she really is.

I scheduled a parent teacher conference with her teacher so we can address some concerns we’ve had for a while. They are nothing new, but we would like to revisit some and express others and, together, come up with a solution that will work for Lil Bit and enable her to be the best student she can be.

bananapuddingToday is Teacher Appreciation Day at her school and parents were tasked with bringing in food for a teacher’s luncheon. This week is multi-cultural week and they will have events throughout the week to celebrate. The luncheon is one of them. S/N: I meant to record and post the recipe and video of the making of the banana pudding, but got so busy, I forgot to turn on the camera. Maybe next time.

Today, when she gets home, depending on what her card says, Lil Bit will complete her homework and do a little XtraMath and ReadTheory.

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Blue Card Blues!

For the second day in a row, it has not been a good day for Lil Bit as far as school is concerned. She brought home the dreaded blue square on her behavior card. I still have not gotten to the bottom of it all. Being a former private investigator, there are questions still unanswered, so I will set up a parent/teacher conference.

Her teacher tells me that Lil Bit was heard yelling at another student when she didn’t get her way. Lil Bit tells me that she accidentally bumped into another student and yelled “Sorry,” to him, but with much attitude. This part I do believe. Lil Bit is like her mother in many ways, so I could actually see that part of the scenario play out as she told it to me.

My intention is not to second guess the her teacher, nor is not to believe Lil Bit, however, my goal is to get the facts and go from there. I believe once the actual facts are given, only then can we come up with a permanent and positive solution. As a parent, we cannot solve a problem if we do not know what it is, its causes, or its triggers. I’ll keep you up to date as to how the conference goes.

 

Black Girl Magic!

I’m a sole believer that it takes a village to raise a child, and the term “village” can mean different things to different people. When I refer to a village as it pertains to Lil Bit, I mean those who make positive deposits into her life. These are the people who love her, teach her and many of whom I feel she is safe with. We have a rather small village and that’s okay. I am constantly thanking those of you who are a part of our village, and again, Thank you!

I would like to give a special thanks to Aunt Sondra who continues to make positive deposits into Lil Bit’s life, whether it be a phone call, a lunch or movie date or an unexpected gift. Today, Aunt Sondra surprised Lil Bit with a “Black Girl Magic” shirt, and I think that’s pretty awesome. As you can tell from the photo and the video, she loved her new shirt. Thanks again Aunt Sondra! We love you!