Friday, September 2, 2011

Aug28_Outside

In our lives… this week has been pretty overwhelming. I have a number of projects at work demanding my attention, and I’ve just received a new one due next Friday that kind of dwarfs everything else I’ve been working on. Anna promptly brought her first bug from school, which made her spike a fever a couple of nights and turn into a whiny toddler instead of a bright and cheerful big girl. Luckily, she got over it without missing any school. She loves her school, especially all the sign language signs that their teacher is showing them. She also really enjoys her gymnastics class. We had our “Back to School Night” on Wednesday and learned all about standards and expectations. I liked Anna’s teacher commitment to evaluate each student in the next 2 weeks and make sure that they leave her class progressing by one year and not staying on the same level if they are ahead of the game. If she really manages that in such a diverse classroom of kindergarteners and first graders, she is truly as amazing as everyone says she is :)

Aug29_Miscroscope

Afterschooling… was pretty much non-existing except Anna could finally lay her hands on this microscope that she received as a present when she was visiting her grandparents in New Jersey. I couldn’t take it home with me, so grandma had sent it as part of “first day of school” package. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend this microscope, since specks of dirt seem to be embedded somewhere in the lens core, but Anna is delighted to have her own microscope. We just looked at prepared slides which came with it so far, there was no time yet to make our own slides.

Aug28_Swimming

Favorite things this week. I love that Anna is so enthusiastic about school. Last year it took her a better part of the year to come out of her shell in her new class at preschool. This year both her K teacher and YMCA instructors are telling us that she is very outgoing and helpful. She is also making new friends, especially with first graders. I also love her progress in swimming – she can now cross the swimming pool. Her style leaves a lot to be desired, but I would have never believed in the beginning of summer that she will progress so far in 3 months.Aug30_Meatballs

Favorite quote:

  • Anna: Mama, we need to write a letter to the North Pole.
  • Me: To Santa Claus?
  • Anna: No, to the scientists that work there, to make sure they are saving the polar bears until I am old enough to go see them.

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10 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

A letter to the scientists? Brilliant! I love it :)

Ticia said...

I love the shot of her swimming.

At some point I'll need to find a good microscope, but the kids haven't been too interested yet.....

Joyful Learner said...

It sounds like the beginning of a great year! That's wonderful she can provide individualized education for Anna! Maybe she has parent volunteers that help?

Debbie said...

It sounds like school is suiting Anna very nicely. I love the idea of writing a letter to the scientists.

Christy said...

Again, I love her quote!

C loved learning sign language in K too. Unfortunately, they didn't continue it in first grade. I wish it was part of the curriculum.

MaryAnne said...

That is so cool that Anna's teacher uses sign language! Emma LOVES signing, so it would be wonderful if her class uses is.

I love that she wants to make sure the polar bears are still there for her to visit when she grows up.

Good luck with work!

Jennifer said...

Oh wow!! Looks like such a FUN week!! So glad she's feeling better and got over that little bug quickly. I'm still waiting for the sickies to hit here!!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Hmmm, perhaps she should cc her letter to certain persons in Congress. Would that they were all as intelligent as your Kindergartener.

Kim said...

Great week. Glad she is feeling better. And how wonderful that she is coming out of herself and is outgoing and enjoying school. Having everyone progress by a year is a huge goal for her teacher. Good for her! I wish Crumpet's swimming had progressed as much, but um, more pool time might have been helpful. Bad mom!
I love her comment about the polar bears. We are actually starting to plan a trip to Alaska (we have a friend that just moved there, so we have a free place to stay!) so that I can see polar bears and glaciers before they are gone...

The girl who painted trees said...

Both Bear and Jjo got sick too in their first week back in activities. Glad Anna is better.