Or, how to convince your Mom to keep you readily supplied with a usually unavailable treat.
I want to get back in the habit of blogging but I don't want to spend too much time thinking about what to say. So I'll just post things that are somehow related to what's going on somehow in my life and that may be of some sort of interest out here.
This post may encourage you that no matter how chaotic your homeschool may be as we head into November, you haven't gone so low as to propose, as I will do here, that gum-chewing ought to be taken more seriously as a meaningful part of a homeschool curriculum.
Aidan's occupational therapist recommended chewing gum to help him organize his motor and cognitive system while he's doing academic things. What it breaks down to is that if a kid is random or spacey or fidgety while studying he may need more sensory input, and chewing is one immediate way to provide that.
I happen to have a whole crew of kids -- I think four out of the seven -- who during certain periods of their lives were or still are always chewing their pencil, their shirt or whatever toy lies within reach, especially when they are trying to sit still and think. So I invested in some sugarless Trident.
Chewing gum can also have dental benefits, they say. While on the other hand, I can't imagine masticated pencils and Legos (for example) doing any good at all to one's dental system.
I asked the kids, "Do you think a piece of gum before you start school would keep you from chewing your pencils and math manipulatives into pieces, and help you focus on what you're working on?"
Every child I asked seemed of the earnest opinion that a piece of gum every day would have all sorts of academic and writing-utensil-salvaging benefits. So we are doing it. And it seems to be working.