Sunday, September 11, 2011

Afterschool Sep3_Portrait

In our lives… We all enjoyed a long weekend even though I had to work through some of it. By the end of it Anna was telling us that she can’t wait for school to start again. On Tuesday we went for an ice-cream social in Anna’s YMCA. We had a lot of reservations signing her up, but she is doing really well in a crowd of kids ranging from K to 3rd grade. Daughter was also excited to have her first formal music class – her school has bi-weekly music instruction for all levels. She continues to enjoy school and gets better with morning routine. In other news, my project at work turned out OK, but I suspect that it’s only the beginning of a much bigger effort.


Afterschooling was flowing really well this week, since Anna got her very own desk in our office. My husband has built it out of IKEA shelf. We were doing some activities from her homework book Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom, and she was going through Lollipop Logic (recommended by Joyful Learner) on her own. She loves this book, it appeals to her a lot more than traditional workbooks that are more based on repetition.


Favorite things this week… watching my daughter try new things like rock climbing, hearing her rave about her school, her teacher and her gymnastics class. It’s sometimes hard not to be there for all of her firsts, but I love knowing that she is enjoying her new life in a big school. I also love all the love and energy that my husband is pouring into making things for Anna like her new desk or with her like smurf houses. He is also fully in charge in the morning – not an easy job when he himself is not a morning person at all. And of course I loved a long weekend and a shorter work week :)



  • Favorite quote. Anna: I wish we did more studying in school. We only studied one day so far.
  • Me: Umm… What do you do on other days?
  • Anna: Mostly seatwork
  • Me: And what did you do on the day when you were studying?
  • Anna: Running around with magnifying glasses and studying things.

Are you sending your children to school while doing fun activities at home? Link up and share your weekly adventures. Every link earns you extra entry in this giveaway.


Karin said...

Hi, thanks for your comment on my blog!

Yes, I've seen those math books - from Flashkids. I use Singapore's Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems. I am also excited about AoPS's Beast Academy that is rolling out next year. I just regret waiting until now to start SM 2a, I should have started it last spring but she wasn't even 5 when she completed 1b so that made me nervous. I guess we can't be "nervous" with these kiddos, huh?!?!

Your blog looks great...I'm going to "follow" it!

Debbie said...

Studying isn't study unless your running around with a magnifying glass, or anyway that is the way it works here too.

MaryAnne said...

Anna always has the best quotes!

Which shelf did your husband use to make that desk? I love it!

The Lollipop Logic book sounds great!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I'm hoping to be able to link up to your Afterschooling link, just this week things have been a little crazy. I was considering being one of the hop-hosts, but decided I'd better not commit to it right away. I wish I could find space for Kiddo to have his own desk, but for now it is the kitchen table for him. :)

Ticia said...

I agree totally not studying without a magnifying glass.

That is an awesome desk.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

What a great week! I love the first picture of Anna :) Rock climbing sounds like such fun for her, and her own desk...very exciting!
I always love Anna's quotes :)

Kelly said...

I'm so glad she is enjoying school. Her quotes are so cute. I think it's great that you are journaling them. I'm with her, I wish schools did more hands on learning activities.
Little Wonders' Days

Julie said...

I love the quote. I'm so glad she's enjoying school so much. It sounds like you all had a good week!

hey said...

Well, my books links are the same as my school link. You know reading, writing, math and science all work together in our home!

So happy she is loving school. Makes me smile.

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

Elise said...

I love Anna's special spot and desk in your office. Our dining room table is full of drawings, "letters", booklets etc. We are in the process of making a desk for our cherubs so that they can have their own inspring creative space too and then we can reclaim our dining room table.

Anna's quote made me smile.