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Month: March 2017

Discipline should be intentional and appropriate.

As a parent, you should discipline in a direct and intentional way that demonstrates to your child that you are in control and that the behavior requiring discipline is not acceptable. When you are “out of control” in giving discipline, your child will very likely ignore the discipline. Your child may be sitting down on the outside, but standing up on the inside. Be the parent, not an adult kid. There is no reason to “lose your temper.”

The Band Music Mystery

Learning to play an instrument is always fun.  As fourth graders, Joey and Andy both play in their school bands.  Joey plays the trumpet, and Andy plays the tuba.  Andy’s sister, Angelica, plays the flute. Band practice is three days a week right after school is out.

Find out how an unexpected adventure takes place when Joey “borrows” his neighbor’s music to practice for concert band, and Andy gets lost in a most unusual place.  If it wasn’t for Joey, Andy would still be lost.  To get the full story, you will need to get The Band Music Mystery in late 2014. In the meantime, guess where Joey eventually finds Andy!

  • What happened to you that you did not expect?
  • What did you do? 
  • Do you play an instrument? 
  • What do you have to do to play an instrument well?
Going to the family farm.

School is our all week for Spring Vacation.   Mom and Dad surprised me this morning by telling my brother, sister and me that we are going on a three-day vacation to see my cousins who live on the old family farm.  We are going to travel by car and it will take us four hours to just get there.  I am taking my pad with me so I can play games while we travel.   I thought about inviting Andy to join us, but I was sure his Dad would want another older ant to travel with him.  As I thought more about asking him, I decided this would not be the best idea. Hiding out for hours on end is not what Andy thinks is fun.   I know the trip to the family farm is going to be a lot of fun.  All of us cousins enjoy finding things to do around the farm property.  There is a swimming hole, a rope swing, an orchard and old pens for a few farm animals.  This is going to be a blast!

Crisis in the Flowerbeds

Before Joey’s dad left for work, he reminded Joey to be sure and pull all the weeds in the flowerbed along the driveway and right next to Mr. Davis’s house.   Dad promised Joey that if he did a good job pulling the weeds, they’d go watch the local baseball team’s game at the big city ball field that evening.

This job was going to take a couple of hours in the hot sun.  To help make the time go faster, Joey decided to ask Andy to help him in the flowerbed.  After all, ants know what goes on under the ground.  Many of the underground ant trails pass right by the weed roots.  At least he would have someone to talk to while he pulled the weeds.

Andy liked weeds because they gave his family extra shade on the hot summer days, but he agreed to spend a few hours with Joey to keep him company—and Joey promised to take Andy to the baseball game later that evening if he would help.   As Joey worked, Andy found other neighborhood ant friends in the flowerbed and introduced them to Joey.  That morning Joey also met Barney Bee, Sam Snail, and William Worm.  It seemed everyone was having a great time in the flowerbed that morning.

But then Joey’s older brother, Dwayne, came out of the garage.  He had an insect sprayer with him.  He told Joey that Mom wanted him to spray the flowerbeds and rose bushes to get rid of those pesky ants and then spread snail bate throughout the flowers to get rid of the snails.

  • What do you think Joey said to Dwayne? 
  • How do you think Dwayne responded to Joey? 
  • Did the ants and other neighborhood friends have time to get away before the spraying began?
  • Do you do jobs your parents ask you to do without complaining? 
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