Sunday, September 25, 2011


School. This week has been a much smoother sailing for me and Anna. Not so much for our papa who was quite sick with the virus that Anna brought over last week. Anna was very enthusiastic about everything that was happening in school. She has a very strong class, at least on kindergarten side of it, and a lot of kids are trying to do what the first graders are doing. I see her interest in math growing every day, and I am especially excited to see her progress in writing – both in letter formation and in her desire to write without constantly thinking about spelling mistakes. She also has bi-weekly music classes in school and a weekly cooking club in her afterschool program.


Afterschool. Anna was really keen on continuing school at home this week. She didn’t seem as tired as she was last week, and she enjoyed making her first entry in her future book of “fun poems, rhymes and songs” – a poem about leaves. Then she and papa thought of various ways to draw leaves and papa scanned some of her leaves into the computer to illustrate her poem. It looks nice!

Work was OK, but my company has been in the news too much lately Smile I wish it was something positive, like our latest and greatest products, not how often we change our CEOs.


Field trips and best moments. We are enjoying an unseasonably warm week – the last hooray of summer. On Sunday we went hiking to one of our favorite places – Castle Rock State Park. It is famous for sandstone rock formations that are appealing to serious climbers and to little kids alike (obviously not in the same places). It was wonderful to hike in the woods and observe different plants. On the way there we saw deer crossing the road in front of the car and heard many different birds chattering over our heads. It was fun to watch Anna trying to climb the trees and the rocks – she certainly got some major wiggles out!

Favorite link: Super teacher worksheets – great quality worksheets and other printables absolutely free!Sep20_Math

Quote of the week: Anna: Mama, I think it would be good for us to go and watch a game, like a hockey game. But please bring a pen, paper and some math problems. If I am bored with the game, then I will solve some math problems to have fun.


Come and share your adventures in afterschooling – afterschool linky is hosted on Just Playing Around this week.


Kim said...

Sounds like a much better week! So happy for you! I love that they have cooking classes after school!

Lovingmama said...

I thought of your daughter and her book as I was reviewing this site for my night class. Elly wrote a quick story and e-mailed it to her grandparents, but I love how you can connect their writing, illustrations and voice all in one place =)

MaryAnne said...

I LOVE that Anna plans to bring math problems to the hockey game!

I hope you get a good, long-term CEO soon!

Debbie said...

Glad to hear you had a better week. Hope Papa gets feeling better. As always I love Anna's quotes.

MommyLabs said...

The 'quote of the week' goes on to show how keen Anna is in learning Math - at home and in school.
Great to know she has a very learning class and that they are learning beyond the curriculum. :)

Elise said...

I love that Anna wants to be prepared for any boring bits in the game and that she has a well considered plan for those dull times. Bring on those maths problems.

It's lovely to hear that this week at school has been smoother for both of you. Now I am looking forward to hearing that your workplace has some calmer times too.

Ticia said...

I love her quote, that is so funny.

I love all of the parks and things you have near you and go to.

Julie said...

Sounds like a good week. I'm glad to hear she's not as tired. I'm sure she's getting used to the routine. Hiking sounds like fun. I'd like to get the kids out in the woods sometime this Fall, when it cools off a bit more.

Kelly said...

I'm so glad things are going better now. Her quotes are always so cute getting more and more mature. Hope Papa is feeling better.
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Pathfinder Mom said...

I can't believe how grown up Anna looks now. Time passes far too quickly. I hope that you are all adjusting well to school.

I admire your drive to do the afterschooling. So many people leave school totally up to the school system. I love how involved you continue to be.