1. I taught my kids the world's best classroom game today. Heads Up Seven Up. Oh admit it. You loved playing it in school when you were little. Most of the class had never heard of it before. (Yes, shocking. I know.) They haven't yet mastered the art of the game. Soon they will figure out that you need to position yourself in such a way where you can watch people's shoes as they sneak past you. That way you can figure out who picked you.
If they were younger I'd teach them to play "Duck, Duck, Goose". If we had more space I'd teach them how to play "Red Rover". If it was 1994 I'd let them play Oregon Trail. All day.
2. Today I also introduced my kids to the wonders of Shel Silverstein. Oh my word, that guy is fantastic! His poems are so silly, the kids just love them. I remember reading his poems as a child. I brought to Chile with me the same copy of his book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" that I had in elementary school. I just knew my kids here would like it.
I read them a poem called "Smart" about a boy who's not so bright. The boy receives a dollar from his father and trades it away for two quarters. He thinks he made a good deal since now he has two things instead of one. At the end of his trades he has five pennies and he is quite pleased with himself (much to the dismay of his father). My kids ate it up. They really seemed to enjoy it. Of course, I started first with a micro-mini-lesson on US currency so they could understand the poem.
Geeky fun fact: Shel Silverstein wrote the famous Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue". Thank you Mental_Floss.
3. And the most fantastic geeky thing we did this week was watch a video about the respiratory system. By Bill Nye. The Science Guy. (Bill-Bill-Bill-Bill!)
If you didn't have the honor of watching his videos in school you have been seriously gipped. And I feel deeply sorry for you.