Monday, March 30, 2009

hello, hello? are you there??

Yes, I am here!  Where have I been?
Well this past weekend, my son was involved in a great creative event that takes place around this time every year called Destination Imagination.

At the beginning of the year, the children form groups of either similar ages or grades and start to work on their Central Challenges.  This is a big event in the US, where they go to State finals and then Global finals.  We participate only in the one event for our country and then, if they win, they have a chance to go to Global finals.

My son's group was not that cohesive this year.  They chose one of the hardest of 5 central challenges that is the back bone of the DI program.  Every year, there are 5 central challenges.  The groups get to decide which challenge they choose and then work on it until the event.  I was hoping that they would have worked together more, but there are a few very strong willed children in his group.  Sometimes a hard head isn't what you need.  Another point of DI is to work together.  That is where hard heads run into a wall...(excuse the pun :)

Anyways, my son did his best, I think :)  I ran the store this year.  So, that is where I have been...and today, I am running around the city with some unexpected visitors we had come over the weekend.   


lizzy-loo said...

we don't have di here except for the high school - really missing it.

Sonja said...

I've never heard of DI--definitely interesting! Congrats to your son for doing his best!

As for 24...we are one behind now and will probably save up a few more until we watch them since my husband is working late this week. We do love watching several in a row and skipping the commercials because it seems a bit like a movie then. (And there is always a cliffhanger at the end!).

So we'll chat next week about it...thanks for not spilling the beans.

mythopolis said...

It sounds like a cool creative program...getting kids to collaborate on a project! Yes, I have missed your posts the last few days, but I figured you and or the Lash were probably out island-hopping again! : )

NicoleB said...

That sounds like lots of fun (except for the hard hats...)

And at least we know now where you've been ;)

Re postcards:
You can sign up following the link I provided.
It's a pretty big network, but it seems to be fun and it's well organized.

Stephanie said...

That is so interesting! I had never heard of DI!! Sorry there was a lack of cohesiveness for your son! It's always hard to work in groups! Hope it was still a positive experience!! :)

And Gracie is a dog! She is just a little one! A Shih Tzu. It would be easier to just check her. But the temperatures will probably be above 85, if they aren't I will check her. But because it will be too hot she will have to be with me until we fly to Brazil which isn't until night time so then it will be cooler! The whole dog dilema has been a SERIOUS pain. The hard crate would work except she is a little too big to stand up and turn around like she is required to for the use of it! Pain pain I tell ya!! :)

PJ said...

Wow!! Great project. Isn't it specifically for gifted kids?

I just posted a cultural dilemma you'll appreciate.