Sunday, December 11, 2011

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Dec6_OrnamentSchool. Anna missed 2 days of school this week due to her pink eye infection, but we got her homework, and she also did this ornament as a Christmas gift for her teacher. It was a multi-step project with waiting for glitter glue and glitter paint to dry, but it turned rather nice. Anna adores her teacher, and we had an interesting parent-teacher conference on Tuesday. Mrs J acknowledged that Anna came to school with full knowledge of kindergarten curriculum and beyond. She gave her full year evaluation that had perfect scores in almost all categories. We asked if it would make sense to “skip” Anna, but Mrs J advised against it. According to her, we would have to skip her 2 or even 3 grades to be academically challenged, but the social challenges that come with this jump is much bigger. Besides – why would we want to shorten her childhood? She loves school, enjoys her classmates and thrives where she is. It just makes me rethink how we want to spend the time outside of the classroom – she definitely doesn’t need more academics that she is already getting.
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Afterschool. We took things easy this week. Anna read through a dozen of fairy chapter books and a variety of Christmas books. We celebrated Saint Nicholas day on December 6. Little Wonders’ Days had a terrific idea of leaving a letter for Santa with a shoe. Anna was delighted to see that her letter disappeared, and instead her shoe was filled with chocolate. She wished for a “candy cane, a magic box that makes wishes come true and an iPod that plays games”. Let’s just say – candy cane it is, and maybe Santa has to come up with his own ideas for another present for her.
Work has been busy-busy. I expected December to be more relaxed except performance reviews, but pressure seems to be coming from up above and everyone is feeling the heat. I am really looking forward to my Christmas break that starts next Friday, but a little bit worried about the things that will be left over and new things that will be piled up come January 2. Most of my team is taking only one week break, and some have no break at all, so I am delegating to them as much as I can.
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Places we are going. It was a busy week once Anna recovered from her pink eye. On Thursday night we went with friends for a drive through a  park nearby that hosts an amazing Christmas lights display. On Friday we went to a cookie party in the neighborhood. Last year Anna was hanging on to me for dear life. This year she was delighted to see some of her classmates there and was off with them until I retrieved her to go home. Yesterday we went to a birthday party for our friend that had many kids as well. Anna really enjoys company nowadays and loves to play with other kids whenever she gets a chance.
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Christmas prep. Of course, we are busy preparing for Christmas. The tree is all set up, the house is decorated, and look how my husband’s Christmas village grew! He also put the lights inside of the houses, and this display looks fantastic in the evening. We did holiday shopping for a Holiday Wish Tree Child, but otherwise we are not exactly on track with my carefully laid plans. That’s OK, I’d rather stay as relaxed as I can, especially during the last crazy week at work.

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15 comments:

Joyful Learner said...
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Joyful Learner said...

It's wonderful that Anna loves school so much. It sounds like it's the right place for her.

We just did a trial 1 1/2 hr. Mandarin class and while K adjusted fine to the classroom setting, she was shocked by the fact that she had to go to the bathroom when everybody else was going. She thought that was strange. LOL. A full day of school would be a shocker to her system, I'm afraid. But like most kids, she said she loved recess the best. :)

Going to see Christmas lights is fun. Hope you enjoy your break!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Ugh, no fun that work is so rough in Dec! Dec. is always a really busy month for my husband's company since it is end of year-finance time. He's been getting home at 10! But at least the festive-ness of Dec is a nice counter to the business.

Kelly said...

How wonderful that Anna is doing well in school. It must be difficult to know what to do for her though.
Your husband's Christmas village is so beautiful!
Little Wonders' Days

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

The Christmas village is so pretty!
Anna, I have had pink eye this week and I know it is NO FUN! So glad you are feeling better and were able to go back to school after just a couple of days out. You are an impressive little girl!! I love your enthusiasm. :)

Kylie said...

wow loving your Christmas Village. We have some of those ittle trees sitting here waiting to be decorated, Anna did a great job :-)

Susan said...

I'm sorry that work continues to be crazy...I am sure you will enjoy your break thoroughly!
It is great that Anna is doing so well academically, but it does put you in a bit of a tough situation trying to figure out what's best for her doesn't it? It's good that she's so happy :)
That Christmas village looks so good!!

Debbie said...

Too bad work has to be so rough. Glad Anna is enjoying school and doing so well. Love to see her social skills moving right along too. Love the Christmas village.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The Christmas village is beautiful! Someday you're going to have to have to convince that man that blogging is a good thing, so he'll share some of his talent :)

Ticia said...

That village is AWESOME!

Pink eye is the worst, and I'm hoping the higher ups realize it's Christmas and they need to calm down.

Julie said...

I love the village! Interesting what the teacher said. She has a good point, and I think you're wise to step back from the academics at home. I've actually been doing a lot less with M than I did with C before he started kindergarten because I realize she just doesn't need to be that far ahead.

MaryAnne said...

I love the village your husband made! The gift Anna made for her teacher is beautiful! I'm glad she has recovered from pink-eye, and I'm not surprised Anna is so far ahead academically.

Christy said...

I love the Christmas village! So happy that Anna is feeling better too. Her ornament for the teacher came out great! I'm not at all surprised by the conference; that's great. We have a similar situation with C, but only in math. He is doing 5th grade math on his own (most of it he taught himself), but he is one of the youngest kids in 2nd grade. I have conferences for C and R on Thursday.

Autumn said...

You're so lucky you get a break, and such a long one! Mark get one whole day off. Boo.

It sounds like Anna is thriving in her social environment. :)

Kim said...

How in the world do you keep it all together, especially with your traveling? We went away for a week, and I'm a mess. I may be caught up by 2012. Not sure!!
It sounds like Anna has a really sensible teacher. As long as she's happy and not bored, it would be too hard socially to skip her so far ahead. 2 or 3 grades - wow! Go Anna! We are having a vaguely similar issue with Crumpet. He's already a grade ahead, but really, I could finish first grade by about April and jump right into second grade if we wanted to. I know, though, that he will soon reach a time where the amount of work required will be more than he can tolerate. Also, the subject material will be too mature for him - the concept of history is already a bit of a stretch... Besides, I don't want him to graduate at 15. He won't be ready for the world! So we are going slowly and enjoying childhood...
Great news that Anna was happy to play with other kids at the neighborhood Christmas party!