Sunday, October 16, 2011


School. This is the last week of Anna as a 4 year old. She is excited about her birthday, but not as wild as last year. I guess she has a lot of things to occupy her time and attention. School was OK. It worries me a little that they didn’t even mention Columbus Day in school – it seems that practically all time is taken by 3Rs. But she still enjoys school and is excited to go there every morning.


Afterschool was busy, since I had somewhat more time this week. Anna continues to be very interested in math and begs to play Dreambox every day. It’s interesting to see what she grasps literally on the fly and what she is still struggling with. She is very fascinated with big numbers and learned in about 10 minutes to add them (without a carryover) and to read back the results. At the same time she still uses her fingers sometimes to calculate how much is, say, 6+3.


Favorite moments this week included going to a local pumpkin patch and doing some quick pumpkin decorating. We also had a friend from Germany staying with us for a day, this time Anna was not put off by a fact that he is over 2 meters tall. And we had a great playdate with her classmate last Saturday. Anna seems to connect really well with this boy, and we really liked his mother, so perhaps it will be the beginning of a friendship between our families.


Favorite quote: We were discussing Anna’s “skill of the week” in school – organization.

  • Me: Do you know what “organization” means?
  • Anna: Putting things where they belong.
  • Me: Not only that. It also means having a plan for what you are going to do.
  • Anna: So if I plan to make a big mess, does it count as organization?

Please come and join Afterschool – hosted this week at What Do We Do All Day?


Joyful Learner said...

Ha ha! I love Anna's answer. That's something K would have said. Glad Anna is making new friends and having playdates! Happy Birthday to the soon to be 5 year old!

MaryAnne said...

Anna is such a quick thinker - love her quote!

Columbus was not very popular in California when I lived there, so maybe that is why he wasn't mentioned in school?

Phyllis said...

I think it is sad that they didn't even mention Columbus day.
Anna is such a joy to see and hear about.

Debbie said...

I know even when my children were in school there wasn't as much emphasis put on the some of the history that seemed so strong when I was in school. Then we wonder why some younger people know little about the facts of our history. It is sad.

I always love the way Anna thinks. I know here Selena feels once her toys are put up, it is time to pull more out. Is that organization?

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

Sounds like a good week. I love Anna's organized plan to make a mess :) such a smart comment!

Kim said...

Oh, you made me feel better with your Columbus Day comment. I was feeling terrible because we completely ignored it this year (so so busy...), and I was thinking that they would have covered it in school so I'm a terrible slacker of a mom and teacher. But apparently, it might have been ignored in school too... It sounds like she's doing great, and you are managing to fill in any gaps at home. Happy almost birthday to Anna!!

Kelly said...

Anna's quote this week is priceless! I hope she has a wonderful birthday.
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An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I think Columbus Day has kind of fallen out of fashion - he's painted as more of a villain these days, making it less fun to celebrate a day for him in school.
I know I say it all the time, but I love the way Anna thinks - I'm suddenly feeling so organized :)

Mom and Kiddo said...

Around here, planning to make a big mess is the definition of organization!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Her organization quote is SO clever!!!! Wow, can't believe how quickly Anna has grown -- she's amazing! Love the photo from the pumpkin patch. :-)

Kristy Powers said...

Yes, I loved your Anna's quote as well. My son would cheer if he had heard it. Thanks for the linky! I found it via The Educators' Spin On It.

Lovingmama said...

She cracks me up! I was feeling bad for a moment about poor Columbus too. He was completely neglected this year. The good news is that there are so many more people in history that also deserve our attention. Have you read Amelia Bloomer? It got Elliana hooked on reading biographies! Little older level than our girls, but a great younger biography with substance and a story.

Christy said...

ha ha - love the quote!!

I think Leah is right. I don't think our school covered it either.

Elise said...

An organised mess is exactly what I have on my desk right now. Anna's quotes are always so clever and they make me smile.

I am really enjoying all of the photos I've been seeing on my favourite blogs of visits to the pumpkin patch. We don't have that tradition here in Australia. Anna looks like she had a great time there. What a fun tradition.