Wednesday, September 10, 2008

--SD ran 4 miles, said Morning Prayer with Dad
--we decided to do chores first, since we'd put them off so long; when they were done, I checked and they had to re-do them; we discussed why it's important to do it right the first time, to do your best always. We talked about future employers and who will get a pay raise or get promoted--the one who does a sloppy, adequate job, or the one who goes a little bit above and beyond
--SD reminded me of the MLKing quote (full speech here) which he had read in Do Hard Things:
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.
--Mr. D read Ch. 9-11 in Castle in the Attic
--SD read Ch. 10-11 in Harry Potter #5
--SD practiced magic tricks
--Mom read to younger two: Marguerite Makes a Book, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, Rabbits and Raindrops
--Mom worked with younger two to organize their toys and clean up bedroom
--Mr. D made plans for a video he's going to produce

Here is Mr. D's 5-sentence paragraph from yesterday. I assigned the topic and gave him the first sentence:

A hamster makes a great pet. You can pet them. They're cute and cuddly. You can play around with them. That's why the furry little hamsters make great pets.

Here is SD's 5-sentence paragraph from yesterday--first effort:

Magic is a great hobby. Magic makes people surprised and happy. When you're a magician, you never reveal a secret. I think magic is great because you can make people enjoy you. That is why I love magic.

We talked about how the third sentence doesn't really fit the main idea of the paragraph, also why certain activities make great hobbies or not. He's going to rewrite.

--Mr. D went through Lessons 1 & 2 on this keyboarding site

--Mr. D and SD "filmed" his spoof on Criss Angel's "Mind Freak" magic and stunt show, with a GI Joe, a Ken doll and two Barbies as Criss, Criss's brother and an audience to "ooh" in high-pitched voices. The show centered around a very klutzy Criss who either failed in each attempt or did the trick with someone getting badly hurt--usually tossed down the stairs, off the countertop or out of the picture. Mr. D provided all voices and dialogue; SD filmed, tried to stifle laughs and occasionally inserted a new character, a little boy doll who whispered in other character's ears or to the camera.

(Mr. D wants to post to YouTube, but Mom says way too long, and too boring to those who don't get the jokes.)

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