Thanks to everyone who joined Afterschool last week! There were so many good ideas. I was especially entertained by a cute story behind this mini gingerbread house with an important lesson for kids and parents.
Afterschool linky will be hosted by Kelly at Little Wonders’ Days this week and then we will take a Christmas break. Please drop me an email or a comment if you want to join as a host of Afterschool blog hop.
School. It was the last week of the school year, and Anna was having a blast. There were a lot of winter celebrations. I was amused when she brought home a self-made dreidel and dreidel game instructions as homework. On Friday they had a pajama day, read The Polar Express, and got an icy letter from Santa Claus. She is already missing her teacher.
Afterschool. There was a lot of afterschool writing this week. One day Anna wrote a list of all things she could do on her own, where I contributed some ideas and spelling. One of the things that she wrote down is “to do a worksheet”. She keeps working on “First Grade Math for The Gifted Student” book, and I was impressed that she could figure out the solution for making 30 cents in different ways problem. Just a few months back it would have been impossible, since she just couldn’t understand the conversion of coins to value. She also went for her belated five year check this week. I was relieved to see that she is still on the chart for growth (13%). I almost expected her to be below the norm, since she is really tiny compared to her classmates.
Places we are going. We enjoyed some good weather this week and spent some time in our local park. We also went to Anna’s classmate’s house for dinner. A and Anna are getting to be good friends, and we really click with his parents. Anna also enjoys attention of A’s little sister and gets to play a “big girl” part. It’s fun to see the kids getting along so well and playing together without any need for supervision. They are growing up!
Christmas prep. We were busy this week finishing shopping, wrapping presents, and making and writing Christmas cards, Anna was hard at work making her own cards for her grandparents and for her uncle. This year I didn’t have to cajole her to write them – she was quite willing to write her messages. She was wishing “lots of presents” to everyone. I wrote about 25 cards, about the same number is still left to go, but the goal is to finish all Christmas prep tomorrow!