Yet again I didn’t manage to do any art projects at home – Anna was not at all interested. Ironically, she was quite keen on doing more homework than she was given instead. It seems that a lot of her crankiness last week was related to a virus that caused a couple of days of sniffles for her. We, her parents, are struggling with her kindergarten life more than she does. My main struggles come when I look at her output from the previous week that is being sent home on Monday and ask myself if this is a colossal waste of time for her. But on the other hand, I do see positive changes in her – especially in her desire to write. I spent a lot of time trying to coax her to use lowercase letters in writing without any results. Well, apparently it was explained to her in school that uppercase writing is no longer cool, so Anna is putting forward a lot more effort learning to form lowercase letters properly, and it’s exciting to see her progress. It’s also good for her to be in the classroom with the kids who can write – she told me that when her teacher had asked the first graders to write three sentences about leaves (kinders needed to write one sentence), one girl wrote the whole poem instead. Mrs J read it to the class and placed it on her “favorite authors” shelf where she keeps the best works of her students. Now Anna has a new aspiration to write a book of fun poems, rhymes and songs, written and illustrated by Anna. I am glad to see that she is challenged and growing in something even though I am still racking my brains wondering how she could progress in math at all with the curriculum she has.