23 November 2009

valuable lessons learned this fall

From Angela:
Turnips make adorable jack o'lanterns, but they don't last long...4-5 days max.

When trying to catch a house centipede, move quickly before it climbs all the way up the wall -- or worse, under your bed.

Butternut squash makes perfect 'pumpkin' pies...thanks to PickYourOwn.org.

Don't plan an entire week of lessons around a computer lab with sketchy internet connection.

When working with butternut squash, don't be surprised if a stubborn, waxy residue mysteriously and suddenly coats your hands and fingers.

There are no laws in this country that prohibit the burning of dry leaves, even if it creates a chokingly-thick cloud of smoke that envelops the entire neighborhood.

You can find any computer program you need available for free online.

Watch out for scorpions.

If you want to roast pumpkin seeds, don't leave them out to dry within the reach of a two year-old, unless you don't mind hundreds of them all over the kitchen floor.

From Jarred:
Having kids screw around in front of a camera can be a great way to teach the concepts of theme and main idea.

No one puts on a fireworks display like Disney.

Kids who normally throw away the whole fruits that accompany their school lunches will change their mind and eat them if you first take them home, mash them up, mix them with sugar, butter, and flour, and bake them at 350 degrees.

Never underestimate your child's abilities and potential.


Anonymous said...

House Centipedes are Your FRIENDS!:


Jarred, Angela, and Nathan said...

I know you're right, but all those legs just creep me out [shudder]. I just keep catching them and putting them outside...it's probably the same one that keeps coming back in!

That's a neat group you've got going on Facbook. Like the t-shirt -- I wonder if they'll ship to Armenia. Anyway, hooray for compassion over cruelty! By the way, did you find my blog just by searching for "centipedes"? =)