Tuesday, June 28, Duggars Snowed In

When the worst snowstorm in Arkansas history hits the Duggars' hometown, the family is engulfed in a real winter wonderland. Watch as they weather the winter weather with sledding, making snow cream, and lending a hand to their neighbors in need.

30 minutes

24 comments:

ennvee said...

What a snoozer, but I do have a couple stand-out moments.

1. Amy recently broke up with that boyfriend and asked Sean (the producer) to "redeem her" on her FB about 10 days ago. Sadly, they were probably finishing up work on the Anna Very Special Episode, so too bad, so sad. It would have been great to put JB in the same clothes he was wearing during most of the snow episode to lecture on Amy giving way pieces of her heart.

2. They weren't "snowed in." People could get in and out fairly easily; JD appears to have made some nice coin.

3. Who actually believes Jessa asked to teach those kids when she's already checking homework for the older kids? Funny how she coached Hannie and Jackson not to "complain" or, as Jackson put it, "She said no complaints!" Poor Jessa. She doesn't realize we already know it's a facade. Which begs the question: what does Michelle do all day?

4. Mega points to the guy in the mall who, when asked what he would do cooped up with 19 kids, replied "Stop having them." He's my new hero. Not to mention, Josh doesn't live there and the two oldest daughters were nowhere to be seen (neither was Josie now that I think about it, unless she was at the table when Jessa whipped out the Wisdom Booklets and sign language (as outlined in the book).

5. Sledding was cute, but there were probably more leftover signs for JD than votes received (small-town joke, not a reflection on him).

hart&sole said...

This was a good family oriented episode. Seeing Michelle able to participate in the fun of sledding with the kids was great. Jim Bob really is a big kid and he certainly loves his wife and his kids. I, for one, could have done without asking young adults in the mall how they might handle being snowed in with 19 kids. Josh, Jana, JD, Jill, Jessa, Jinger and Joseph certainly aren't kids. Plus Mary Duggar was at Casa Duggar as well as Jim Bob. Yes, I could handle it!

Delta88 said...

This episode was a snoozefest. I wonder why they continue to show episodes so out of sequence? This one was filmed months and months ago.

Sharla said...

Please spell out the names. I'm going to let two comments through abbreviated as a one time thing.

Religilicious said...

"3. Who actually believes Jessa asked to teach those kids when she's already checking homework for the older kids? Funny how she coached Hannie and Jackson not to "complain" or, as Jackson put it, "She said no complaints!" Poor Jessa. She doesn't realize we already know it's a facade. Which begs the question: what does Michelle do all day? "

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An excellent question. Does anyone seriously believe what we see on TLC is an accurate depiction of real life in Duggarville????? If so, wow. Just wow.

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4. Mega points to the guy in the mall who, when asked what he would do cooped up with 19 kids, replied "Stop having them." He's my new hero."

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My new hero, too. Someone really ought to buy Michelle and Jim Bob some Milton Bradley board games or something to give them other ways to occupy themselves. I'd suggest BOOKS, but doubt Michelle and Jim Bob are voracious readers of anything except the bible and Gothard.

I am hoping the whole Josie saga finally brought that lightbulb moment to these two about having more kids at their age, but, unfortunately, am not sure I can give them this much credit.

michelle said...

I was very skeptical about Jessa wanting to oversee the schooling. It looked to me like she was doing it single-handed. Also, when they were asking the people at the mall questions about how they though Michelle would handle 19 kid while snowed in I thought "well...she really doesn't handle them by herself at all anyway snowed in or not"

aimee said...

Even if jessa did ask to teach it isn't her place. Just because a child asks doesn't mean they should be met at the request. I think Michelle made a point to say that jessa asked in order to validate putting her in the position. So transparent.
The sledding did look like tons of fun. I was also impressed with he tow truck son, that is hard work and he earned every penny!

Sharla said...

1.091 million viewers.

michelle said...

Did anyone notice in this episode when it showed Jessa teaching the kids what kind of material they were looking at? I wonder exactly what the kids learn on a daily basis.

Sweetpeas said...

Michelle said:
Did anyone notice in this episode when it showed Jessa teaching the kids what kind of material they were looking at? I wonder exactly what the kids learn on a daily basis.

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The part of schooling that the clip showed was their wisdom booklets: http://ati.iblp.org/ati/about/curriculum/wisdombooklets/ which focuses on character building and is done with all the children together.

They've stated what their main curriculums are, the older children use a computer-based program, but I don't remember the name of it. Michelle uses a combination of workbooks and other resources with the littles, I know one is a music-based phonics/alphabet program, but again, don't remember the name of it. This has all been stated either in their book or on their website, or both.

Celestie said...

Maybe Jessa is bored to tears, so she wanted something else to do. Let's see: She can't go to college, can't hang out with friends, can't watch a good movie, can't go shopping alone, can't listen to music of her choice, can't talk on the phone with someone who parents haven't vetted, can't go to the library and pick out a book without supervision, can't go on the internet to look up something she might have an interest in or a question about. Doubt she can go on a hike or even go outside to shoot a few baskets without supervision.
I do like these episodes where they show the Duggars daily lives. Shows what dull and boring lives they lead.

ennvee said...

Jessa was teaching the Gothard Wisdom Booklets; there was a clear overhead shot of one on the dining room table. According to the new book, the kids under 3rd grade get an hour of this instruction after naptime. This is where the "sign language" was created; they make up signs to act out bible verses (which is why Jordyn couldn't get any cheese when she wanted it...no cheese in the bible).

The Duggars used to rely more heavily on the Wisdom Booklets, but once TLC came and they could afford a room with a bank of computers, have favored online education, using a Christian-based program called "Switched on Schoolhouse" which is the curriculum Jessa was checking test scores on an earlier episode.

College Plus! seems to attempt to add "honors" testing (NOT curriculum) for the high school aged kids, but I'm not clear whether Switched on Schoolhouse provides Honors/AP course work (and not going to look).

At any rate, Jessa IS 18, but she was doing this when she was still a minor (in Little Rock), which is NOT legal. Arkansas law states that instruction must be done by a parent or adult guardian; a Notice of Intent to teach must be filed with the state.

Also, Arkansas requires tests be taken, but students DO NOT HAVE TO PASS THEM.

All of this can be found on the Arkansas DOE website.

Sharla said...

Please remember expressing your opinion is totally fine. Passing judgement on the opinions of others even if you think you are being subtle, is not. Please refrain from trying to correct others or in anyway insinuate that what they think or feel is not right unless it is a statement of fact and then be courteous. Thank you so very much.

Reality TV Junkie said...

"Also, Arkansas requires tests be taken, but students DO NOT HAVE TO PASS THEM."

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At least they don't abuse this rule. I remember there was a clip of their marks on the computer on the earlier episode, and they mostly had eighties and ninties. We can be thankful that they are at least competent and intelligent children.

Delta88 said...

From the grammar and sentence structure displayed by the Duggar children, I'd say we have no idea of their intelligence, but certainly are aware of their UNDEReducation. It doesn't seem like they are home enough to get any schooling done anyway, but when they are, they are doing sign language and Wisdom books.

Where's the math, the writing, spelling, reading of grade level texts, history, science? I'd imagine woefully missing.

ennvee said...

At least they don't abuse this rule. I remember there was a clip of their marks on the computer on the earlier episode, and they mostly had eighties and ninties. We can be thankful that they are at least competent and intelligent children.

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Actually, given that their curriculum via DVD's with recommended online "research" sites, the kids can take a test as many times as needed to pass it, or beyond passing, achieve a score that THEY choose to submit. For all we know, that was the 6th time that particular test was taken. Given the Duggars' penchant for travel, even if they are working some of the CD's on the bus, even with earphones, it has to be tough to concentrate, especially given most of the kids being educated right now are the middle set of boys (who will be boys, as Jim Bob is wont to point out).

By comparison, kids in "regular" school don't often get the same chances. Unless a student is blatantly failing, it's one and done as far as testing goes. As one who administers tests, I know this part of the deal first-hand.

hart&sole said...

I seem to remember a long ago episode or special when Michelle opened the box with all the new school supplies. It seems to me there was a 'teacher's' guide for the lessons. Right now I don't see that Michelle is home often enough to be an effective teacher. She does have that kindergarten teacher's voice down pat, however. While I don't agree with the Duggars on multiple levels I honestly believe they try.
Thanks to TLC the kids have been exposed to many experiences they would not have had otherwise and I'm glad for them. At the very least they won't grow up thinking that Arkansas is the center of the universe, unlike many public educated, but culturally deprived, children in my section of NY State.

Reality TV Junkie said...

"Where's the math, the writing, spelling, reading of grade level texts, history, science? I'd imagine woefully missing."

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We can pretty much guarantee this is far too boring to be seen on TV. Just because we cannot see things, does not mean they are not there.

mom in texas said...

Can't remember much from this episode but I do remember Jessa correcting Jordyn by grabbing her chin and telling her to say "No thank you".I was surprised to see this. Does anyone know where the Duggars or Gothard principles stand on discipline? Some of the younger ones (Jackson on down) seem to have a lack of self control.

chengdu said...

The way Jessa spoke to little Jordyn was really rough and unkind. The opposite of gentle. Jordyn looked so sad.

michelle said...

I don't know much about how the Duggar family discipline goes but one of their house guidelines is (paraphrasing)"always use kind words even when you don't feel like it" or something to that nature. seeing the episode again, I saw the Jordyn and Jessa moment. Maybe Jessa does not like being with the little kids all day as much as some do.

Dar said...

Jessa is probably tired of looking after her parent's "blessings". I really think the older girls have an extremely boring life.

The episode with Michelle and Jim Bob doing the revisions for the book was, to me, really disturbing. Michelle is completely absorbed in her own celebrity. She is not as strident as "Kate", bur not too much different. She and Jim Bob behave like two teenagers. The only child to which Michelle seems to have any real attachment is Josie. However, as soon as she was able, she didn't waste any time turning her over to Jana. It was a joke when she actually faced the camera and said that she just wanted to look after her children, but all of these other things had to be completed. Her older daughters should be doing soooo much more with their lives. Michelle had choices, but she does not give those choices to her progeny.

michelle said...

I wonder if Michelle/Jimbob saw the footage of Jessa with Jordyn and talked to Jessa or confronted her about the chin grab moment.

msrylee said...

I think that no matter how much of a 'servant' attitude the older blessings have, they must get tired of taking care of, feeding, diaper changes, bathroom needs, etc. of Jim Bob and Michelle's responsibilities (younger blessings). Perhaps Jessa was at the end of her rope when she treated Jordyn roughly. I don't condone or excuse Jessa, but again, we only see small snippets of life in the Duggar families.