Michael Daum

OMG!! They buried my son!
June 1, 2007, 10:32 am
Filed under: cabbagetown, jacob daum, kids, sophie daum, toronto

Yesterday at Wellesley Park Jake’s friend Eli seems to have buried him in the sand. Leaving only what Jake described as a “live ball” (his head I think). Eli’s Mom Janis caught it all on video thankfully, so even though I missed the action, I was able to appreciate the drama.


Jacob’s Spring Concert
May 17, 2007, 3:18 pm
Filed under: cabbagetown, jacob daum, kids, sophie daum, toronto

Jacob at the Spring Concert

Today was the day of the Spring Concert at Winchester PS, where Jacob goes to Junior Kindergarten!  We were treated to the musical stylings of each class in Jake’s school.  Jake’s class dressed as flowers and performed a spectacular rendition of “I’m a little teapot”.

Sophie was there to cheer her brother on.  She seemed to really enjoy the show and tried her best to play along with the different moves she saw going on onstage!

Sophie at the Spring Concert

Debt Slavery For Kids
May 8, 2007, 9:58 am
Filed under: gruntle, kids

Every time my bank offers me “cheques” to write against my Visa card I feel my blood pressure start to climb. So you can imagine how much I enjoyed hearing about the new Visa branded version of the game of “Life”. I used to play the original game when I was a kid, and as I recall, it was questionable even then. I suppose it would be impossible to prevent the game from validating certain life decisions and knocking others. But it was at least fun. The new version sounds less fun. In keeping with its backing from Visa, the new version rewards the children for acquiring credit card debt. No, I’m not kidding.

Kindergarten Science
May 4, 2007, 1:17 pm
Filed under: kids, physics

Just thought I’d link to  this very funny post on Cosmic Variance.  She’s talking about discussions about science with kindergarten kids, and how their minds are time-shared between the rational and the not-so-much.  Priceless quotes from the latter slice…could have came straight from the mouth of Jake the Snake!

Jacob makes the grade!
March 29, 2007, 8:18 am
Filed under: kids

Just a quick note because tomorrow’s the deadline for my UIST submission.

Jacob came home this week with his first report card!  Of course I didn’t need to read it to know what a terrific guy he is, but some might say I’m biased.  Nonetheless, it was great to read all of the great things that Ms. Lundy, his JK teacher this year, had to say about our little man.

The central theme of the report seemed to be the classroom’s “Big Blocks” area. Jacob was observed to seek out the big blocks, to use complex strategies in organizing multi-child big-block designs, to share the big blocks well with other children, and to organize and perform excellent big-block cleanup activities.

Ms. Lundy also spoke highly of Jake’s reading, and general love for and good care of books.  He was encouraged to continue participate heavily in the classroom’s “borrow a book” program.

For his father there was only one sour note:  Jacob seems to really enjoy using the computers.  After the big blocks, this was his favorite activity.  He particularly enjoyed the “computer buddies” program in which he and an older student collaborate on various electronic pastimes.  Let me be clear:  I won’t stand in his way, but I know this path well.  Danger.

So in a nutshell, Elena, Imelda, and me are very very proud of our little guy.  His first foray into the realm of judgment by authority has gone smoothly.  I look forward to many to come.