Posts Tagged ‘life skills’

Hector Gets the Homework Talk

Monday, September 8th, 2014

HectorHector was enjoying and afternoon of skateboarding when his dad called him into the house.

Not good thought Hector. It is only 4 o’clock, too soon for supper.

When Hector  went inside he saw his mom and dad sitting at the dining room table. They asked him to sit down at the table with them.

Uh, oh thought Hector, did I forget to do a chore? Did my sister, Maria, snitch on me for eating her snack last night? He couldn’t think what else he might have done wrong.

His dad said, “You’re not in trouble, Hector. We just want to talk with you about homework  now that the school year has started. We want you to get off to a good start. We want you to have good homework practices.

Last year, you had a hard time doing homework, not because it was hard, but because you kept putting off and then you would rush through it and not do your best work.

This year, Hector, you will have more homework than last year. It will take time to do. I know there will be times when you would rather be doing other things, like skateboarding or watching TV. But, when you put homework off to the last minute, you make it hard on yourself.

So, make up your mind to do your homework first thing , when you get home. Then you will be able to have fun. You won’t have to be worrying about getting your homework done.

So, Hector, do you promise to do your homework as soon as you get home?”

Hector was glad he wasn’t in trouble, but he wasn’t happy to have to promise to do his homework as soon as he got home from school.  He could see by the look on his dad’s face that his dad meant business. He looked at his mom. She was nodding yes to everything dad said.

His dad said, “Well Hector, we are waiting for your answer. Hector answered, “I promise.”

“Good,” said dad. “Now you can go back out and skateboard until dinner.”

As Hector picked up his skateboard and walked outside he couldn’t help but think that making promises and keeping them is tough!

A New School Year

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

schoolThe first day of school was warm and sunny.

For those “Can Dos” who live close enough to school to walk, it was great fun walking with friends and talking about what school was going to be like in a new grade. Of course, the moms all walked to school with the “Can Dos” but they all walked together talking about the stuff that moms talk about.

Most of the “Can Dos” carried knapsacks, which were mostly empty, except for pencils, paper, and other school supplies. On the trip home the knapsacks were sure to be heavier because they would be full of new books for Social Studies, Language Arts, Math and Computer Skills.

As they got near the school, they saw the school bus pull up, stop, and let off those “Can Dos” who live too far away from school schoolto walk. They ran up to meet their friends and then they all walked into school together.

The principal was just inside the school door; she was meeting and greeting each of the “Can Dos” and directing them to the auditorium. Once the “Can Dos” were in the auditorium, Coach Campbell gave them a big hello and led them to their seats.

The “Can Dos” listened carefully as each class was called to stand, meet their home room teacher, and walk to their new classroom. Soon it was their turn.

They were so happy to hear that Miss Pat would be their home room teacher and their computer instructor even though they would have different teachers for their other subjects.

The “Can Dos” followed Miss Pat to a sun-filled classroom with tables and chairs that were just the right size for them. There were rows of computers in the back of the room and coat closets with lots of room for boots and rain and snow gear come winter.

Then came the fun part. Miss Pat said,”When I call your name, please take the seat I assign you.” The “Can Dos” all hoped to sit next to their best friends, but Miss Pat knew better than that. Sitting next to your best friend would be too much of a temptation to talk.

Soon, everyone had his or her seat. Miss Pat welcomed everyone back to school, took attendance and gave the “Can Dos” their daily schedule of classes and the teachers who would teach them in each class. The class did not have to change rooms for each class, the teachers would come to them.

The day went by fast and soon they were on their way home talking a mile a minute about their new teachers and all the new things they would be learning.

The “Can Dos all agreed that the school year was off to a very good start!

Sleepover Manners

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

sleepoverGrandma Hattie and Grandpa Dooley were taking their granddaughter, Nellie, to a family wedding a few hours from home. Nellie was to be a flower girl in the wedding. Willie, Nellie’s brother didn’t want to go. Grandma Maureen offered to have a sleepover at her house. Her grandson, Bobby, one of Willie’s friends, was staying with her overnight. She thought Bobby would enjoy the company.

When Willie heard the news, he was thrilled! His very first sleepover! He and Bobby got on the phone and began making plans as to how they would spend the evening and the next day, until Grandma Hattie came to pick him up.

Willie ran upstairs and packed an overnight bag with computer games. Grandpa Dooley came in his room and asked, “What do you have in the bag, Willie?” Willie opened the bag and showed him. Grandpa chuckled and said, “You might want to add a change of clothes for tomorrow and don’t forget clean underwear; you know how Grandma Hattie feels about clean underwear!

Willie nodded and added a clean shirt pants, sock and clean underwear. Then he began to zip the bag closed. “Not so fast, Willie,” said grandpa. “What about a tooth brush, tooth paste, pajamas and slippers?”

Willie let out a big sigh and went about adding the things grandpa told him he needed. “ Boy,” said Willie, “seems like a lot of stuff just for just one sleepover!”

sleepoverWhen Willie was finished packing, he ran down the stairs. He was ready to go. Then he noticed grandma and grandpa were sitting in the living room. They didn’t even have their coats on!

“Come in here, Willie,” said grandma, “there is something I need to talk with you about.” Uh Oh thought Willie, what now?

“We need to talk about sleepover manners,” said grandma. “What’s that,” answered Willie. Grandma smiled and said, “When you are a guest in someone’s home, you need to behave in certain ways.”  “Like what,”  asked Willie.

Grandma began, “Here is a list of things you need to do. Let’s go over it together.

1 As soon as you get to Grandma Maureen’s say hello to her, and thank her for having you as a guest.

2. Give her this box of cookies I made for her.

3. Remember to say please, thank you, no thank you and excuse me.

4 Before you open the frig or go in a room or turn on the TV, be sure to ask permission.

5. Clean up after yourself . Ask if you can help clean off the table. Return everything you use to where you found it.”

“Wow, that is a lot to remember,” said Willie.

“Well if you want to be invited back you need to be a good guest, said grandma. Grandpa is ready to drive you to Grandma Maureen’s . So, give me a big kiss. Remember to mind your manners and have a great time!”

The next day, when grandpa picked Willie up, Grandma Maureen was heard to say,”Willie is welcome for a sleepover anytime. He was the best behaved sleepover guest!”

The Back to School Bustle

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

While the “Can Dos” plan what to do with the time they have off before school starts, their parents are also planning things for them to do.

The plans are very different!

It’s that time again. It’s time to do all the things that need doing before school starts for another year.school

The time before school is time to:

  • Visit the doctor for a physical.
  • Visit the dentist for a check up and cleaning.
  • Get new school shoes.
  • Get new school clothes.
  • Clean out closets and draws to make room for new clothes and shoes.
  • Clean out an pack up all useable school supplies, clothes and shoes that are too small to wear, books that have been read and donate to an organization that helps children who need these things, but whose parents can’t afford to buy them.
  • Make a space that is quiet for doing homework.
  • Make a space on a shelf, and in draws where school supplies can be stored
  • Work out a space with mom where important school papers need to be put, so she finds them and signs them.
  • Have a talk with mom about the school schedule and what it means for the time to get up, time to leave for school, time to get home from school, chores, homework, free play time, TV and computer time and bedtime. 

Wow…Not much time for playing in that last week before school starts. Lots of time needed for doing to get ready for the school year!

Goodbye Camp Until Next Year

Friday, August 15th, 2014

campThe last day of camp was sunny and warm, not hot, just right. It was a perfect day for end-of-camp events.

There were sack races and three-legged races the first thing in the morning. Then it was time to enjoy the outdoor pool, one last time, as campers.

The camp lunch was a picnic on the lawn behind the recreation center. The picnic was a present from Grandpa John’s market of sandwiches, bottles of  juice and low-fat ice-cream sandwiches.

After lunch, all the campers assembled in the recreation center auditorium for a play and closing ceremonies for the camp.

Some of the “Can Do” Kids put on a play about the fun things at camp. Then Miss Sue, the Director, got up and spoke about all the good things that were accomplished at camp.

Miss Sue gave out certificates to The “Can Do” Chefs Club for the great smoothies they made for the campers. All the kids in Miss Hattie’s crafts class got a certificate for making the best decoration for the new path …footprint stones!

Then it was time for the closing circle. The “Can Dos” sang the camp song. The girls hugged, the boys shook hands. Then it was over. No more camp until next year. Kind of a sad moment, but filled with the promise of all being together next year.

There was still a week before school started after camp ended. There was still time to play with friends, that is if the moms didn’t have lots of things scheduled for them to do before school started.

Then it’s off to school to learn new things and make new friends!