Thursday, January 29, 2015

reading now: Stargone John by Ellen Kindt McKenzie

well hello Beach Ries!

(look mom, no glasses!)

I am realizing she is getting a little too old to be called Boo-Bear much longer...
plus the judges glare at you when you yell "Boo!"
Things have been crazy around the farm with her dad working out of town and the start of meet season. The other night the Little Giants were the runners for the U of U meet and I didn't get one single pic of it! That's okay these lovely shots are from the Lady Luck meet. My cute father-in-law got them for us.
Our gym is hosting a big meet this weekend and Beach competes in the 3 session, middle of the day on Saturday. She has a tiny head cold, fingers crossed it doesn't slow her down too much.
Hopefully I will have my computer back so I can post the meet results and some of her routines. 
I promise she is still being educated!!! Big news in the reading department!
I will catch up on that too when the computer comes home.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

more from Lady Luck 2015

Pics from the meet keep trickling in from friends with better cameras and steadier hands than me, lol.
Floor 2015 Lady Luck
 I hope she got full credit for that leap- yikes the arms!
 Yeah, that is some pretty nice meet hair.
 Look at that little team in the corner. So stinking cute!

And these are from the Zip Line! 
 Boo and Sophie flying high!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Lady Luck 2015, otherwise known as Gabby took Boo to Vegas!

Hello Las Vegas!!!! 
That is Gabby and Boo making their grand entrance and doing hair while waiting for the team dinner to start. Gabby is a Level 8 who Boo adores and happened to be our ride and room buddy for this travel meet. Hello Gabby!!! 
This is our little team of level 7s. We have one out to illness so it was just the 4 of them, 3 of which are in the same age category.  We were up to bat first thing Friday morning. Our gym had other levels competing at the same time which split our coaches up. Big coach D took on the Little Giants by himself. It was really cute!
The pic above was snapped during the nation anthem (I asked another mom to get for me so I wasn't the one not following the "rules"). The girls were already in their grips. If you can't tell Boo is the one on the end with her left hand behind her back.
Bars were great. Even though Boo didn't pass off her harder "A" routine in warm-ups she competed her standby without getting to warm-up her giant and got a solid 9.0 (9th)! Nice kiddo! Sophie, didn't make her harder "A" routine either but got permission to go for it anyway and made in competition the skill (toe-on, toe-off) she hadn't been able to do in warm-ups! 
Boo really shines on Beam. Preformed a 9.550 First Place routine with an amazing pike dismount!!! Beam was the event she really wanted to place in and that she did. She hadn't looked at her scores so when she was called up at awards that was the first time she heard how well she had done. 
Look at that smile.

On floor she snagged her toe and tripped while lining up her first tumbling pass it caused her to step out of bounds (that will cost you, lol!). She recovered nicely and had a beautiful routine (9.150, 5th place). 
Vault is a mystery, I'm just kidding she did well (9.0, 10th) but we are sick of handsprings. I mean come on the same vault for something like 4 years is torture. The only truly exciting part of vault was the arena's lights went off while Sophie was vaulting so she got 3 vaults which as it turns out one of them was first place vault in her age group- nice! 
Beachy-Boo placed with medals in 3 out of the 4 events and took Fifth (in a tie) in the All Around with a 36.7! All her mates did very well!
Our tiny team of just 4 took Fifth as team!!!!!!!!!!!! Our other levels including Gabby, took home a good amount of gymnastics bling. Way to rock GTC! 
Nice work ladies.
Competing the early session on the first day means you have a little time for some hotel R&R.
Plus weighing in at 68lbs she was finally able to ride the Zip Line and she was tall enough that she even got to ride the rollercoaster at New York New York! Although now she owes me a lot of money. Fun in Vegas is not cheap! 
And that's about all for now. My computer is in the shop getting some much needed care when I get her back I will post links to floor, bars, and vault. 
Monday is a holiday sooooo the girls have been called in for an 8am five hour practice! Meet you back in the gym! 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

oh-yeah, see you in Las Vegas baby!

Wish Beach Ries (aka Boo) 
good luck in her first season meet as a Level 7!
She competes Friday Jan 16th at 8am PST at the 2015 Lady Luck Invitational. You should be able to track meet scores live via the Brown's Gymnastics page: click here

Boo's papa is home and holding down the farm while we are gone. Travel meets are fun and crazy. One heck of a way to open season! Let's cross our fingers on those giants :) Since last updated "the hold out skill, the giant", she has added [on highbar] a cast to handstand, to clear-hip handstand, to a giant, and then fly away layout! Wow, that is a lot of gymnastics words all strung together! If she "earns it" in warm up she'll compete it! 

Good luck to all the girls competing this weekend. 
Go have fun GTC, you ladies have earned it!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

math isn't a subject

From the moment homeschooling became even a remote possibility I have been learning. I remember the hours I spend curled up in the library reading everything I could find on homeschooling. 
Maybe, okay defiantly, I mom/teacher/human have learned more than my child. That may not be completely true after all we started this homeschool life with her when she was about 5. That is 6 years! I can't even begin to list all the skills and knowledge she has wrapped up in her beautiful bouncy brain.
But it sure feels true! 
As her mom/teacher I can look back at all the different ways we schooled and unschooled. I try not to should myself but there are a lot of things I would have liked to have done differently. Most of them fall under the "following the child's lead" category and ignoring outside input & pressures.   
From here I can see so clearly what worked and what didn't work. I've always said our homeschooling focus changes with the weather. Which is funny but true! What I have noticed is there are quite a few constants like Math. No matter the season with math there seems to be a "best practices" for her learning success. One best way of doing it. A way that produces the most mastery and understanding and a happy, motivated child.
Around here math is *almost* always fun. It is organic to life. We have found it in workbooks & text books, games, puzzles, riddles, money, banking, spending & saving, unit pricing, conversions, temperatures, literature, time, scheduling, physics, chemistry, art, baking & cooking, gymnastics statistics, animal care, construction, agriculture, sewing, etc...math is everywhere! 
And this is why when we finished our last text book, grade 5, I didn't go searching for a new text. We decided to not start another one. Math just isn't a subject- it is built into life. It is way too dynamic to be caged. That is what the *almost* was about. Math in text books is a bit boring. It's boring because it is fake. I am not saying we will never use a text book for math- at some point down the road we might find them useful again. 
We have a pile of Mathmania books (Boo loves these!) filled with math & logic games that we haven't had time for but have wanted to play. We have shelves of games we love and new ones to try, or to create ourselves. And of course we have real life which is full of math! 
There are so many ways to explore, gain skills, and find new challenges we don't want to waste time lingering inside a textbook traveling slowly in one dimension. So we are setting math free.