Friday, June 8, 2012

A Night Of Light Hearted Fun For Alex


Place:  Wild Island Family Park

Activity:  Glow Bowling



Alex has been doing well in his studies at home.

After he had finished his lessons for the day...
he had some free time with his iPad...
we went out to eat at a Mexican restaurant...
we then went to Wild Island Family Park
(we had gone there a few months ago.  
Alex had done the Laser Maze and we had gone
Blacklight Miniature Golfing).






Alex fooling around with his iPad photo manipulator. 

He was having fun taking pictures and then distorting the photos.



We went to a new Mexican Restaurant.
Alex loves chips without salsa.


Alex got a rare sweet treat...
a peach smoothie.


My meal...
a combination plate.


My wife's meal...
her usual...
steak fajitas.


Alex got his usual restaurant meal...fish.

He loves all types of fish...
Salmon, Trout, Mackerel, Tilapia...etc.

This one was Tilapia.

I hadn't noticed the lime in the fish's mouth at first...
it had come that way.

When I had seen it after Alex had started eating...
I told him to remove the lime wedge from the fish's mouth...
and to not play with his food  :)

I, of course, apologized to him when he told me that it had come that way... doh!


Alex said the fish was very good.

He had finished the whole fish...
even getting the meat off of the cheeks.



We had finished up the meal with some Flan.


We then went to Wild Island Family Park and decided to do some Glow Bowling.


The bowling alley flitted among being lit with dancing lights on the lanes...


to being illuminated with just smaller dancing lights along the lanes 
and Blacklight from above...



to various other light patterns and schemes...
all at random times and, often, in time to some light rock (80s) being played.

As the blacklights reminded me of the 60s and early 70s...
I think far more appropriate music would have been
some Robin Trower or Pink Floyd.

Now that would have been great!

It is called Glow Bowling...
I called it distraction bowling.

It was especially distracting when they projected a multitude of small white lights 
onto the lanes, which would then swirl and dance...
all while the lanes were only illuminated by the ultraviolet lights from above.









 Alex had fun here...
but there was one more thing we were going to do before the night ended.


I wanted to show Alex how to play pool.


We started off with a simple game of Stripes and Solids.


I showed him how to hold the pool cue...




and how to use various methods of cue stabilization.


I had thought since Alex is learning Geometry...
that he would appreciate a game of angles.

He really hadn't liked it so much...
but he enjoyed our night out.

We will be going back to do some more of their activities.
They have many more things to do outside as well.


We got home at about 10:30 P.M. and Alex enjoyed more of his iPad...
and a little while later...
he called it a night.

Alex gave me a big goodnight hug...
and he and his mother then did some bedtime reading and comprehension practice
as he drifted off to sleep
(their nightly routine since his birth...she has always read to him until he fell asleep).

Bedtime reading...
besides the great bonding opportunity between mother and child...
where the child associates the comfort of his mother's voice to the soft...
warm feeling as he drifts off to sleep...
and his mother sees the effect her voice has on her child as his face becomes 
even more angelic as he drifts off to sleep...
nightly reading wires the child's brain to recognize speech patterns...
intonation, inflection, repeated patterns of words in particular places...
it prepares him for language early on...
especially when the mother reads to him with him reading along...
as she uses her finger on the words as she speaks them...
and progressing to him following along with his finger...
so his visual areas are stimulated by the patterns before his eyes...
and synched to the sounds.

Phonics will come naturally to him...
as will spelling and other language usage.

It may then progress to reasoning and comprehension practice
as the mother questions him on the story...
 what he thinks had happened...
is happening...
will happen.

As he starts to drift off...
she may then shift to softly reading to him...
until his eyes close...
and his breathing shifts to deep breathing
(my wife has made the mistake of attempting to leave his room before
his breathing had shifted...indicating partial consciousness...
and as soon as she had stopped reading...
he awakened and she had to start all over  :)

For those women who are mothers...
this is nothing new to you...
however...
the great importance of NIGHTLY reading to him...
perhaps...is.

And of great importance... it is.



2 comments:

  1. Looks like a great evening all around. I would have thought Alex would have liked pool as well... perhaps he will enjoy it more once he gets more accustomed to using the pool cue.

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  2. Tomorrow we shall be going to the movies...if we find a good one to see. I don't think playing pool is in Alex's future...I think he found it boring...which is fine...I'm not such a good player anyway :)

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