Saturday, June 16, 2007

summer school, green living and bubbles

It is summer school time and I've spent the last week with a group of 24 thirteen-year-olds. They are the kids who struggle to get with it during the school year and just don't quite make it. They've been working diligently on creating a documentary-style biography of a person of their choice. It has been amazing to see this group of so-called misfits turn out work that is beyond my wildest expectations. Sure, there are kids who still don't care and who simply can't care because of circumstances beyond their control. But there are always those kids who shine and who are like little beacons of light, showing me that the rocky coastline of teaching is worth traveling.

I still have six weeks of summer school left though, so check back in with me at the end of July and see if I've crashed in the rocks or the crew has organized a mutiny.

This week has also been a big week for my husband who launched his new business, live green. He has been working hard, mixing up green cleaning products, researching ways to make people's living spaces cleaner and greener, and getting in gear to save the planet, one home at a time. I'm super proud of him and I highly recommend his services. I can safely say that our bathrooms are cleaner than they've been in years.

A good majority of the last month has been spent blowing bubbles. Oscar is a master bubble blower, be we are struggling with bubble solution. Any good tips or ideas for bubble solution that works but is also non-toxic? We also want to try out new bubble making techniques, but all we've seen are bubble guns which we aren't so excited about. Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated!


African Kelli said...

I love it! All the way around. That you are taking time to work with kids who would otherwise get left behind. That your husband is dedicated to the earth. That your entire family is involved.
Good things! Hope you are doing great Cricket! Sounds like it.

eireann said...

dishsoap for bubbles? you can get non-petroleum-based soaps. they work.

thank you for your comment. i'm very pleased you like my book.

Jennifer said...

Lady: I cannot BELIEVE how grown up Oscar is! What a handsome feller. V has a dinosaur bubble maker: it runs on batteries, so it's great for her lazy parents. But it's cute, and not at all weapon-like.

We must get together soon. Seriously, before our kids grow up and marry each other.

African Kelli said...

hee hee. Lookie there. I already commented. Hope you are having a good summer!

jen j said...

i have heard that glycerine added to dishsoap helps to make better bubbles, haven't tried this yet myself.