Sunday, November 13, 2011


Thank you to everyone who linked to Afterschool last week! My favorite idea comes from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational (what a fun name for the blog, by the way). She featured an African mask out of a milk jug, but it could also be an Indian mask to honor Thanksgiving.


Nov6_KeyboardSchool. Anna had another great week in school. On Monday she was recognized as “Student of the Week” during the assembly. She was super proud and very happy when we celebrated with cupcakes. The letter that came with an award praised her for courage to speak up and to share her opinions. It made us laugh – our daughter is anything but shy, and we are happy that she is not intimidated by bigger kids in her class. In fact, she seems to get along well with everyone. November is a Thanksgiving month in school, and they are learning a lot about Thanksgiving history. I wish they had more art, but she does bring home pictures and collages occasionally.


Afterschool. Most of afterschooling was happening on the weekend, since I had to come home late several days this week. We made homemade playdoh, read a non-fiction book about giant pandas (they were discovered in China in November 1927) and we keep reading picture books for Picture Book Month. Anna watched a lot of movies and did quizzes on Brain Pop Jr, but I decided not to subscribe at this point, since I don’t want her to constantly beg for more computer time. I am not a believer in “educaiment on demand” and feel that she needs to spend more time in free exploration.

Places we are going. We haven’t gone out much, but Anna had a lot of playdates this week. She and the boy who lives a couple of houses away are becoming pretty tight and often go to one of the houses to play together. She was even invited to a fancy Japanese restaurant with his family and really enjoyed seeing food cooked directly at the table. I also had some interesting outing this week – wine tasting in Santa Cruz mountains (in the rain) with some members of our team.


Quote of the week: Anna’s friend is banging on the keyboard keys, Anna is bouncing around.

  • Anna: Look, I am dancing like a real ballerina, and L is a real musician. Don’t you recognize the melody, mama?
  • Me: Umm… No. What is it supposed to be?
  • Anna: It’s a Nutcracker!

Join an Afterschool Party that is hosted this week by Little Wonders’ Days.


MaryAnne said...

Anna's quote this week is hilarious!

I hope you are feeling better?

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

Yay for Anna, being student of the week :)

I love that picture of her at the keyboard!

Ticia said...

ha ha ha ha ha, that sounds familiar.

Debbie said...

I always love Anna's quotes! Great Job Anna for being Student of the Week!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Student of the week? It used to be student of the month. It was my favorite day, because we watched a Disney film in the gym and got chocolate milk with lunch :)

That mask is very neat - I haven't been to that blog, but it is a great name!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Christmas is in the air already if she is dancing to the Nutcracker.

Julie said...

Congrats to Anna on being Student of the Week - and on being so good about speaking up. That's great that she has such a good friend in the neighborhood. I love the quote!

Elise said...

As I type this comment I am still smiling about Anna's quote - very funny!

Congratulatuons to Anna for being nominated as student of the week. What a great quality to posses - the courage to speak up. This wouldn't always be easy when you are in a multi age class and one of the younger children. Good on Anna!

Kim said...

Congrats to Anna on student of the week! Great job! And I like your attitude about computer education. I'm a fan of less electronic learning too, although it's nice to have something to give them a little push when they aren't motivated...