Sunday, February 5, 2012

Please meet Pearl Rango

Our friend Mishelle brought over an eyelash crested gecko on Friday.  It is the cutest lizard I have ever saw before.  And I really don't like lizards....but this one is special, because its ours.  We have no idea if it is a boy or a girl and that's ok.  At first they named the gecko "Geico"...not very original.  Then the boyscae up with Pearl...I loved it!  Then they added Rango to its name.  So the gecko's full name will be Pearl Rango Jones.
We fed him today for he first time.  I looked on google to find out if it was ok to feed it grated carrots.  It was...we grated some baby carrots and a little applesauce mixed in.  It was so cute eating little bites with his tongue!!!  It has bit Jacob twice now and he said it hurt for about a minute but not too bad.  Now when Jesse handles Pearl he puts a sock on :-)

Did you know that you can do this too?

Homeschool children are not exempted from this activity!  I remember watching in the public school award programs children receiving these awards!

The President’s Challenge is open to all kids—whether they attend a public school, a private academy, or are homeschooled by their parents or a homeschool co-op.  Homeschooled kids are eligible to join all of our challenges. There’s sure to be one that fits everyone’s needs. (taken from the website).

Great way to supplement your already thriving or lacking PE program.  We are looking to get a group going to participate in this program.  It is never too early to learn proper stretching techniques and take the goals to the max in order for our children to feel good all around.  The morale should be high as no child will go without an award!  Have a child with a disability...please consider including your child!  Read about the program's disability page.
Physical Fitness National Awards

There are 5 activities the children participate in and are timed.  Their times should improve after practice.  All times are recorded and submitted.  The awards are paid for by the parents but cost very little.  From what I have read the awards range from 65cents to a few dollars.  You can make it as pricey as you like I am sure.  But getting the basics surely won't break the bank!  I think it would be possible to have a local business sponsor our efforts as well.  We could plan a special dinner for award presentations.

Check with your boy/girl scouts and AHG to see if awards may be earned for completing this program too!