Socialization

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“But what about socialization?” Great Aunt Hashtag had demanded of Retweet “That is the main problem with NEST Ed. Your tweetlets don’t spend any time learning how to get along with tweetlets their own age. No wonder they are so strange!”

“That is not true!” Retweet had replied “They spend time with Twitter birds of all ages.”

But when she thought about it afterwards Retweet had to concede that her tweetlets preferred the company of older Tweetlets and adult Twitter Birds.
She decided to invite her friend Trending whose tweetlets Promoted Jnr and Popular were the same age as Tweetil and Tweetelle to visit.

Retweet had known Trending for a long time but since Trending’s marriage to the entrepreneur Promoted and the arrival of the tweetlets Retweet had lost touch with her.

Retweet found that Trending had not changed very much.
She still kept up a lifestyle of whirlwind social engagements with a very large circle of friends and acquaintances.
She still knew all about popular music and fashion and the lives of celebrities.
Of course she was very proud of her tweetlets
Promoted Jnr was building a powerful social network by attending Fine Feathers as his father had done and Popular was flying with the local flock and gathering quite a flock of followers according to Trending.
Promoted Jnr and Popular had all the latest  gadgets, devices, phone apps, music players and games and prattled on about them non-stop.

Promoted Jnr played one popular nesty rhyme over and over with the volume on the maximum setting. Tweetil listened to it while he bounced on the trampoline but Promoted Jnr did not want to take a turn at bouncing.
Popular did not want to pat Tweetelle’s caterpillar or paint on the easel. Popular was very engrossed in preening but it was a very different style of preening from the Preening 101 course which  Tweetelle had studied and she was not really keen to discuss the details with Tweetelle.

Retweet breathed a sigh of relief when Trending and her tweetlets went home.
Unfortunately the noisy nesty rhyme had lodged itself in Tweetil’s brain and he could not stop singing it.
“You have caught an earworm” Retweet said and contacted the Psych-Owl-Ogist for advice.

“Sometimes I think socializing with age peers is over-rated!” said Retweet.

Rosebud Kite Festival

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“You can tell Sprite…” said the Memory Elephant “that calendars only work to remind you about coming events if you actually remember to look at them!”

The Rosebud Kite Festival is being held today and the Twitter Birds are already having fun but Sprite has not checked the calendar which the Memory Elephant gave her for a New Year gift and may not be aware that it is happening this weekend.

I will check the program of events at http://rosebudkitefestival.com.au/worthy2013/ and may go down to the beach to see it later.

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Sprite on the subject of Homework!

 

Sprite really dislikes homework and makes up elaborate excuses to avoid doing it!

“Misunderstanding” the set tasks https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/declining-the-table/

Hiding the homework work sheets https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/say-cheese-for-les-souris/

Hiding her computer mouse https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/10/02/gtstoogies-14-feast-for-les-souris/

Quibbling about the due date https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/the-ultimate-homework-excuse/

Claiming to not have suitable equipment or materials to complete the task https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/getting-organized-side-steps/

Being unable to find the things she needs. Where’s all my stuff gone? https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2009/08/31/wheres-all-my-stuff-gone/

Her excuses are so elaborate because Imaginational Dabrowski told her she was not allowed to say the dog ate her homework!

Strategies we have tried to help Sprite with her homework include

Homework strategies

Getting organized https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/getting-organized-step-1/

Having a homework place set up for her https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/getting-organized-homework-steps/

Having suitable stationery available https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/getting-organized-stationery-steps/

Trying to maintain a healthy life balance https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/getting-organized-step-2/

But we still have  problems like this!
Critical thinking  https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/07/30/critical-thinking/

Fortunately we discussed the topic of homework on #gtchat and the transcript which includes many links to helpful resources has been created on Storify at  http://sfy.co/iG6f

A write-up of the session will appear on the #gtchat blog soon and we can continue the discussion on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/gtchatmod?fref=ts

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Lucky I had my lucky horseshoe with me!

This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

Each day Retweet sets the Tweetlets a project. They have to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________
inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Today Intellectual and Imaginational Dabrowski visited to help the Tweetlets decide how to use their lucky horseshoes.

Intellectual was very matter of fact and suggested this response to Tweetil

Lucky I had my lucky horseshoe with me because I can use it as a plumb line, play the horseshoe toss game and use it as a weight to lift a basket up to my tree house.

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Imaginational whispered to Tweetelle that a horseshoe would make a fine anchor for her dream galleon.

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Lucky I had my lucky acorn with me!

This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

Each day Retweet sets the Tweetlets a project. They have to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________  inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Today their studies focussed on science and the lucky object which had to be incorporated in some way was an acorn.

Tweetelle’s response was Lucky I had my lucky acorn with me because if I plant it, it will grow into a great big oak tree and lots of Twitter birds can build nests in it and there will be lots and lots of lucky acorns on it.

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Tweetil’s response was Lucky I had my lucky acorn with me because it always hits the puddles I aim for – if I fire it from the lucky angle.

After she had given stern warnings about purposeful splashings, https://spritessite.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/marking-time-to-the-beat-of-their-own-drum/ Retweet was quick to build on Tweetil’s response and challenged him to see whether he could find a way to work out what the lucky angle was so that he could always be more accurate and whether the lucky angle would work for other acorns as well as the lucky one. This led to questions about whether the acorn would travel further if it was launched with a greater velocity.
And they had a field trip to the local military history museum to investigate.
“I’m so glad we decided to continue with NEST Ed!” Retweet said

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Lucky I had my lucky four-leafed clover with me!

This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

Each day Retweet sets the Tweetlets a project. They have to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________  inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Today their studies were mainly centred on home economics and the lucky object which had to be incorporated in some way was the four leafed clover.
Retweet was grateful that Great Aunt Hashtag was not present as she would have been sure to disapprove of the content of the lessons, the culinary methods Retweet was using and the responses of the Tweetlets.

Tweetil’s response to the project was

Lucky I had my lucky four-leafed clover with me because it tastes great as a salad with wormecelli!

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Tweetelle’s response to the project was

Lucky I had my lucky four-leafed clover with me because I can use it for a plate for my seed heart or a pet bed for my caterpillar.

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Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me!

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This month, because St Patrick’s Day is celebrated during March, Luck has been suggested as a topic for the Brilliant Chaos Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/brilliantchaosonline/ creating challenge.

Retweet was delighted as it provided her with a topic that she could use to incorporate many different curriculum areas for her family’s NEST Ed studies

For language studies they talked about the definitions of luck, chance, probability, fate, fortune, blessing, abundance, karma and for mathematics they studied probability.

They discussed the good luck versus bad luck versus natural consequences of behaviour and the attitudes towards faith and blessing, fate and karma in different religions and the pot of golden bird seed at the end of the rainbow.

And each day Retweet set the Tweetlets a project. They had to discuss or illustrate the sentence Lucky I had my lucky _________ with me because ____________
inserting various items often considered to be lucky.

Each day this week I will post one or two of the responses to the project from the Tweetlets.

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