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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bring it on Bryce.

Dear Family and Friends,

I arrived in California a little over a week ago.  I traveled here to stay with our grandson, Bryce.  His momma is away for six weeks training for her job.

I had a couple of days with Kylie before she flew out last Tuesday.  Since then Bryce and I have been taking care of each other.

Here he is on our first night alone...celebration dinner.

First day on the job:  Bryce comes home from school with homework - MATH.
Math is math, right?  NO...they have changed math since I was in school.  Yes, can you believe?  Now you have to make boxes, write paragraphs and show multiple ways to get a simple problem done.  Everything seems to be done the most confusing way possible. This, my friends, is called common core math.  I am wondering what happened to common sense math?

Second day on the job: Bryce tells me, as he is about to leave for school Wednesday morning, that he has a project due on Friday.  It needs to include a diorama.  I asked him what he had to report on and he said Pre Colombian Northwest Indians.

I quickly got a pad and pencil and started asking him what he would need to make this diorama.  We made a list of things needed...popcicle sticks, glue, glue gun, fake grass, weapons, etc.  Then off he went to school.

I went shopping. Thank god for Hobby Lobby.  They had everything on the list.

Wednesday night Bryce started on his diorama.  There was research to do also so he could explain the climate, type of government, what they ate, what they wore, how they adapted to their surrondings, etc.

Here is Bryce hard at work.

Starting on the research and getting the long house finished was enough for Wednesday evening.  He still had his regular homework to do before calling it a night.

Third day on the job: Finish the diorama, finish the research, make index cards with his talking points.  Practice his talk a couple of times. This was in addition to his regular homework.

BUT...he got everything done.

Fourth day on the job:

Here he is Friday morning with his finished project.

Chuck arrived in the early afternoon and now we are a team to help this kid.

Bryce is a great kid and we are enjoying him so much.

He goes to Fifth Grade Camp this Wednesday morning and will not be home until Friday afternoon.

Chuck and I are going to drive to Reno for a couple of days while Bryce is away.



  1. A better grandmother cannot be found! You are precious!

  2. Sounds like a wonderful time for all and have so much fun in Vegas..Hugs to your both..

  3. Kind of jealous. Making dioramas is so fun! Glad it was you doing the "common core" math, though!

  4. If he had made a clock that looks like a suitcase bomb he would've been invited to the whitehouse and given a free college education.

  5. If he has another project while under my watch I will keep this in mind. Hahahaha


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