Deconstructivist Theory

by Stefani on 22-October-2007

Sometimes there’s great stuff on TV.

There’s a lot of cool stuff in it too.

Deconstructivist Theory

Parts Is Parts

Boy @ Work

(I do actually require my children to wash their hands, so I can’t really account for the state of those fingernails.)

We weren’t watching TV, per se, we were watching pixels.


Mama felt all proud, and all full of homeschooling mama wisdom, reading to them about the cathode ray tube, and how it translates information signals into the pictures that we see. She felt really proud, that is, until she read the part about how no one but highly trained professionals should handle the tube because it might implode and send fragments of toxic glass into the surrounding area. She looked over to see her son’s eyes inches away from said weapon of mass destruction.

Back away boys. Back slowly away, while Mama calls in HAZMAT.

You know, if Lucy Ricardo was a homeschooler, she might be a lot like me.

Anne October 22, 2007 at 9:12 pm

I love the dirty nails and the intense look on his face. Yes, Lucy’s school for dangerous learning.

molly October 22, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Hi Lucy, it’s Ethel. My kids too have dirty fingernails, but I know they wash their hands because the sink is always dirty and the soap disappears faster than I can refill it. Just today I asked Avery to clean under her nails before I took her picture. Kind of ruined the Kodak moment.

Donna October 22, 2007 at 9:55 pm

ahaha, I think I’m probably right there with you, employing Lucy Ricardo’s Homeschooling methods.

Sarah Jackson October 23, 2007 at 2:59 am

whoops! Still, I think it looked like a ton of fun and highly educational. Filing that for future reference. Do not have the children play with the CRT….

Looking forward to the lesson in grape stomping, courtesy of Lucy!

Tracy October 23, 2007 at 5:22 am

Whoa! You took apart a TV!? Brave…!

Lina October 23, 2007 at 5:37 am

My children’s fingernails are permanently like this too. What’s that all about?!

Alicia A. October 23, 2007 at 5:59 am

I used to take apart stuff like that- it was the best! My mom always just said… “Well, remember how you take it apart, so you can get it all back together.”

(I was thinking there might be something nasty like mercury deep in there too.)

randi October 23, 2007 at 6:23 am

I took some pictures of Aubry’s hands this week and had to weed through them because of her nails. Since she is a girl I had to be selective! 😉

I got the craft stick ideas. Thank you so much! The building will commence soon!

jade October 23, 2007 at 7:33 am

Forget about the nails! It’s a losing battle. You crack me up by the way. Very funny post!

heather October 23, 2007 at 8:05 am

ack! so funny stefani, and i’m glad the whole crew is safe and sound. 😉

thinking about your last post… i wrote about soup over the summer, though there is no recipe for you i thought i’d share because for me soup is all about flow, as you also wrote about in your post. i thought the connection was interesting. here you go…

Heather October 23, 2007 at 8:13 am

It’s funny because our BIG tv broke a while back and Lee was determined to fix it himself. I was so afraid he was going to electrocute himself. I just knew he was going to “fry”!!! You are a brave mama. FYI Dirty nails means a healthy immune system. ;^)

Kari October 23, 2007 at 10:13 am

Too funny. My first thought when I saw your pics is I hope you know to be careful around the tube. Then I finished reading your post and had to chuckle! I am glad you and your kids were OK. I know my kids love to take things apart too. I cannot even count the number of things they got for their birthday that was in pieces a few weeks later so they could see how it worked!

Ali October 23, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Aaah – a truthful homeschooling mum! This kind of thing happens to me all the time. So cool you let them take apart the TV. I quite fancy that myself (not the CRT – not now I know better!!)

Lori October 23, 2007 at 2:01 pm

this one i actually knew, because we are big taker-aparters. lol.

another good tip: make sure you cut off the cord & plug before they start, just in case they get any ideas midway through!

erin October 23, 2007 at 5:29 pm

oh boy! glad no one was harmed in this home schooling lesson. you are quite the mom, stefani!

EvaB October 23, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Ha-ha!! You always make me smile:)We love to take things apart around here, too. I think we have an old tape recorder lined up next. I defintely second Lori’s comment about removing the cord & plug. We learned the hard way. Thankfully, noone was hurt but we blew a fuse and ruined an outlet. Also, as a side note magnets and TV’s do not mix well! Don’t ask!

Steph October 24, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Be careful, boys taking apart stuff now is a gateway drug to bigger things when they grow up!!

OMSH July 17, 2008 at 8:11 am

Hey Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucy!

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