Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hard Day At the Office

It was a hard day at the office today......OK, for you that have followed my blog for a while know that I'm a freelance writer and only work when the mood strikes me. But, my niece called and asked if we'd babysit our great-nephew Jordan today. So, all the stuff I'd planned to do, I rescheduled and I palled around with him all day.
He's four years old and way smarter than he should be at this stage in his life. Today, every time he wanted something, I made him spell it out.
He loves to be tickled more than any child I've ever known, so the CLAW OF EVIL, and the CLAW OF DESTRUCTION had their way with him. In the past, he would say STOP, STOP, so that he could catch he breath. But today, I made him spell STOP or I'd keep on tickling.
When he wanted something to drink he had to spell WATER or TEA or whatever he wanted. He was sick of the game by days end, but he could spell like a second grader :)
Here or a few of my favorite pictures I've taken of him over the last few years.
Jordan in the Magic Tree

Jordan and his concrete watermelon

Cowboy Jordan

Farmer Jordan

Jordan and the Rickster at Micky Ds


  1. oh Look at him sporting his cowboy hat. He is ADORABLE!!!

  2. What a cutie pie, I can see why you rescheduled your day....:)

  3. He is adorable! These images are beautiful. Sounds like it was a great day.

  4. Isn't he a beautiful child? I love when "sitting" turns a day into "learning". I do that, too. I taught all our grands to learn to spell their names by singing it to the tune of B-I-N-G-O. Now, the interesting this is that not only did they learn to spell their own name but that of their siblings and, of course, Nana & Papa.

    I wonder which one slept better last night-you or him?

    Have a great day, Rick- Diana

  5. Kids are so much fun and bring the best out of you.
    I just don't understand people who don't love kids.
    That's a good thing you did teaching through play. Kids learn a lot this way.

  6. Sounds like the perfect assignment :) Much better than spending the day with a bunch of adults acting like children, lol!

  7. Teaching through torture really works? Or is it forced learning? lol
    He'll probably end up being smarter than the teacher.
    I bet he loves learning this way any way... He's a beautiful little boy.

  8. I don't know who had the best time--you or him?

  9. Lovely pictures. What a sweet child!

  10. Now that's a new spelling method for me. Maybe if I'd been taught that way I wouldn't have been thrown out of the 4th grade spelling bee spelling all right, alright. Hey, a red line didn't come up under either! And my teacher said alright was all wrong.

    Darling little boy!

  11. He's a cutie...and what a great idea to have him spell what he wants!! I think I'll try that with our GRAND's!!!

  12. What a brilliant way to learn how to spell! Awww Jordan is such a little treasure! take care

  13. I am in total agreement! He is a cutie pie alright! A born teacher you are, Rick!

  14. What a cute little guy!


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