Rockstarism #326/ Miss-Speak #20: The Blame Game

#326/ #20

This is how blaming works in this household…

Rockstar bursts into the room with a giant huff…

Rockstar: Mum. This time the blaming thing is much worse! She didn’t just (throw something and say ‘No, Ko-ko’), she said, “You stop it ah Rockstar… Don’t ah…” 

(From now-open door I can hear cheerful gabbling)

Me (Calling to Miss through the door): Ko-ko says you did something naughty.

Miss: <Cheerfully> Hi, Mummy!

Me: (Trying not to laugh) No one believes her anyway. Which she also knows, she just does it because she gets such a rise from you. What did she throw?

Rockstar: Charlie and Lola (small, soft cover) book. I am not. Going. Out there!

Me: (Calling out to Miss) You being naughty again, aren’t you.

Miss: <cheerfully> Hi, Mummy.

Me: Are you annoying Ko-ko again?

Rockstar: (still huffy) Ask her, Mum, why she does these things.

Me:Why d’you keep doing that, to get Ko-ko’s attention?

Miss: HEE HEE HEE <mock serious look complete with waggly finger at Rockstar standing next to me> No throwing ah!

Me (to Rockstar): Y-eah. You’re going to have to stop rewarding her with a reaction if you really want her to stop. Somehow she’s discovered that’s the best way to get a reaction from you.

Rockstar: <momentarily impressed> That’s actually pretty smart.But so notti! No! Notti!

Me: You’re a clever girl, right? You like being a good clever girl?

Miss: No thank you.

Matching Noses though..

Matching Noses though..

 

 

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Rockstarisms #325 – Reinventing The Wheel (Or really, Friends and a Secret Language)

#325

Recently, from random running around with kids in the neighborhood after activities…

Rockstar: Mum. I discovered a really good new way to make friends.

Me: Oh really, what’s that?

Rockstar: <like he’s announcing something important> You ask them what their name is. Done. New Friend.

Me: It’s amazing they don’t write more books about this.

Rockstar: It’s so easy. Tsk! 

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Rockstar: Mum. <Random kid he’s playing with while waiting for the Miss to finish class> and I came up with a new Secret Language.

Me: Okay… Is that like when people come up with secret handshakes?

Rockstar: Well… We’ve only got “yes,” “no,” and “maybe,” so far.

Me: Wait, why do you need to come up with a secret language for that in the first place?

Rockstar: <like I’m stupid> S-o people-won’t-know-what-we’re-saying.

Me: Yes, but it’s yes, no and maybe. If I asked you whether you want fruit after dinner tonight you’d want me to know what you’re saying, right?

Rockstar: Yes!! I would just speak to you. But sometimes we don’t want mums to know what we’re saying. Then we need a Secret Language.      

Me: Oh, really. Like how?

Rockstar: <thinks carefully> Well… if a mum says it’s time to go. We might need to decide we didn’t hear it. Then we don’t want any mums to know we’re talking about it. So if someone says, “Did we hear it?” We need a Secret Language for “Yes,” “no,” or “maybe.”  

Me: You didn’t think telling me that was going to get you in trouble?

Rockstar: No. Why? 

Me: You’ve never actually done this before, have you.

Rockstar: This is our secret sign for “no”. 

Along the lines of Amazing How The Miss Knew Immediately This Was An Elephant.

Along the lines of Amazing How The Miss Knew Immediately This Was An Elephant.

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Camp Rockstars

Almost back to school, and here I am just starting on camp <sheepish>

Camping Rockstars

Happy Campers

(OK someone correct me (email!) if I got any facts wrong…) So Rockstar has been attending Safari Kid’s Tech Safari, which is predominantly Lego and Robotics with a little cooking and sports/games thrown in, and the Miss still has camp around her regular Chinese lessons (on top of the Chinese she also gets at Safari Kid).

Aw Shucks Rockstar after completing.... the Lego alligator, I think it was

Aw Shucks Rockstar after completing…. the Lego alligator this day, I think it was

…Which soon dissolves into his normal reaction to Attack of the Cuddle Monster:

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(Well ok not that normal. “Normal” is him dancing around away from her when she’s this frisky – I asked him to submit to a photo op. Couldn’t do anything about the facial expression though :D)

So anyway from the first day Rockstar came back talking about motion sensors, tilt sensors, the various gears etc. After the usual Lego building, the kids then plug the parts into a computer and use what was described to me as a “pictorially-based programming language,” where the kids have to set for e.g. how many seconds the gears will rotate, how many rotations, etc. (This of course then necessitates some knowledge of time units etc)

Oh, and they build animals, and yes there are parts which make animal sounds too :D

Here's some of what the kids see on screen

Here’s some of what the kids see on screen…

Here's some of the animals they build...

Here’s some of the animals they build…

So it’s a pretty good fun kiddie starter for basics of programming and construction, plus some math. Most recently Rockstar says they spent two sessions completing an alligator with a motion sensor in its mouth that would then “eat” (well, snap down on) whatever they put in front of it (WHY don’t toddlers come with such a nifty gadget??)

And then this was on Indian-theme day and so they made Prata

And then this was on Indian-theme day and so they made Prata

To the victor go the spoils yums

To the victor go the spoils yums

(Fortunately we had curry at home that day because Rockstar insisted on eating the bread immediately)

(The next two days they made pizza and “rainbow-colored spaghetti” with food coloring and ate those there...)

...And school's out!

…And school’s out!

In this very local area right near where we live…

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(Loves! Lotsa great art supplies and stationery on the cheap!)

(Rockstars get ready to ride off into the sunset)

(Rockstars get ready to ride off into the sunset)

(Ok fine most of the rides are halfway broken or else you really do lose your coins in them but still……)

Giddyap.

Giddyap.

 

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