Sunday, April 26, 2009

Comic Relief--School & Son

So with the state budget freeze this week, life got a little interesting for us educators. In Greene County, where I am a school librarian, the copier got taken away from the teachers. Locked up….in a closet—I am NOT joking. Some teachers commenced to using the printer as a copier, but that didn’t last too long either since the funds used to buy the ink cartridges are the same funds! We were really challenged to use our technology this week (hee hee, see below). I am glad I have a copier at home.

We had a bad storm this past week and it knocked out our internet at school. For those who don’t know, our campus is a completely wireless campus and all the teachers and students have Apple MacBooks. So, along with the copier being taken away, we no longer had the internet to rely on. Let me tell you –this gives a whole new meaning to library time. No, we don’t close the library—we have a contingency plan for checking out books (pen, paper, and patience) and students actually visited the library to do research in BOOKS, since they could not access the internet. It was just like old times.

On the school front, the Internet did start working again after Wavelength replaced a small line—we did not have the bandwidth to support student use, but teachers could check email and I could check out books…Praise the Lord!

My son is going through a stage, I pray. He is not listening to adults. It has almost gotten to the point when I pick him up from school, I look forward to seeing him but I do not look forward to what the teacher has to say. It is not entirely his fault though—he has had many teacher transitions this year and it has really had an impact on his behavioral development (at least that is what I am hoping). Sometimes, I think I have failed as a parent in getting him to listen to me. We have been taking things away from him (as punishment) during the last several months as well as using timeouts. These methods have been somewhat effective. He does realize that there will be consequences for his actions. He even said, “No Handy Manny and no Go Fish (card game)—too bad for me!”

We went out to eat the other night at Mongolian Empire, where Seth enjoys eating egg drop soup. He declared it was, “Delicious.” Rob nor I had ever heard him use that word before to describe anything. We continue to be amazed at his vocabulary development. He proceeded to take his bread and hold it on the wall in that same restaurant and we told him that the wall was probably dirty. He then asked us “Why? Did someone pee on it?” Oh geez.

The other night we took a walk after supper since the weather has been so nice. Seth decides that he has to potty while we are out on our walk and goes to pull down his pants and water the grass. Long road trips have caused this. But not in our neighbor’s yard! I snatched him up real quick and explained that we do not do that in someone’s yard. We hustled back home and I am proud to say we did not have an accident.

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