Asher’s Dream Job

Ever since Asher was 3 years old, he has wanted to be a city bus driver.

When he turned 5, all he wanted for his birthday

was a laminated map of our city to hang on his wall.

He knows every street all 28 buses go down.

He knows times, (in fact he learned how to tell time by reading bus schedules),

where every stop is,  where what bus should be when.

He has read the 51 page 2030 Master Plan Report

(and found several errors, which he kindly pointed out in a letter he wrote to the Rapid).

Last week, he met with and interviewed the Rapid’s Senior Planner.

Nick graciously answered all of Asher’s questions and talked about his job.  How he plans routes.  How he decides what bus should go down what street.  Everything Asher has been wanting to know about for years.

(So I’m told.  I waited in the lobby where a good non-interfering mother should be)

And Asher?  He came out of the interview with a new career path.

 

 

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Scenes From South Africa: Avy’s Favorites

Singing at the shanty town school.

Seeing all the baby animals on safari.

Dancing in the market.

Swimming with the cousins.

Feeding the birds at Montecasino Bird Gardens.

Seeing our friends, the DiCocco’s and trying paap and chaukalaka, a traditional South African meal.

Seeing these beautiful Zulu woman on our trip through Soweto,

and stopping at the street vendors for these snacks.

But the best part…spending each and every day with these guys!

Martin Luther King Jr Day (from last year-2010)

Today started by having the kids choose a piece a paper. One said “Colored” and the other said “White” (to use language from the time). For the next 2 hours, Avy was “colored” and had to use the “Colored Only Water” (from the tap), and the “Colored Only Toilet” (the downstairs cold one).

 

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Asher being “white” got to use the cold water from the fridge and the warm bathroom. I then gave each of the kids the same job to do – clean a toilet. The “white” person received more money for the job. They later used that money to buy lunch. By that time, the kids had switched who they were and Asher had to eat at the “Colored Diner” (the kitchen) while Avy ate in the “Whites Only Diner” (the dining room).

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Yes, I think this is probably how they felt too.

After a few minutes we called an end to our experience and invited him to eat with us. We also watched a video about MLKJ and segregation and started the book “Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice”, which coincidentally was just named a Newberry Honor book this morning.

Scenes from South Africa – Elephants

So, back in November we started studying the huge continent of Africa.

We spent a significant amount of time on one country in particular.

Because in December we took a little field trip to the above mentioned country.

We spent 2 glorious weeks with family and friends.

We went camping for 4 days at Pilanesburg National Park where we saw 4 of the big 5 and plenty more!

Like this fella.

Now this guy was HUGE!

He was just casually strolling down the road towards us.

We all, that is the grown-ups, pleaded with Greg’s brother Steve to back up the truck.

He refused.

As he walked by us, I could of put my hand out the window and touched him.

Thinking back, I’m not sure why I had my window down.

On another day, Steve somehow got our Land Rover (and all 10 of us in it) surrounded by a herd of mamas and babies.

We all thought it was cute when this baby mock charged us.

Not so much when the mama did it.

Remind me to never go on safari with Steve again.

(just kidding Steve, life is never boring around you)

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

watching a movie about someone’s life…

and then going to hear her speak.

She was fascinating.  And amazing.

And she spoke about such relevant things.

Gosh, I love this homeschooling life!

Lego Robotics Competition by Asher

Well, our Lego Robotics competition was on Saturday.  Let me tell you how it went.

First, our coach checked us in.  Then we tried out the robot to make sure everything was going fine.

Then we gave our presentation to the judges. They liked it.

We also had to do a team building challenge to show how well we worked together.

Then we were off to the game board to do the missions in under 3 minutes. Carter, a friend from robotics, and I were the robot runners.

At the end of the day, they give out the medals and trophies.  Everyone gets a participation medal.

We got 3 trophies! One for Team Spirit, one for Robot Programing and one for 2nd place!! (Out of 18 teams)

and well, WE MADE IT TO STATE IN SECOND PLACE!!!!

Lego Robotics Presentation by Asher

Before we compete in competition, we have a presentation for family members.First, we did our skit,

and then we ran the robot.  Competition is on Saturday.  Wish us luck!!!!

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