Sunday, January 15, 2012

imageimageIt was exciting to see so many participants in Afterschool last week. I loved this Rapunzel doll at April’s Homemaking. Making wooden dolls is one thing that I would really like to try this year. Another great idea came from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – she and her girls did some very colorful baking soda and vinegar experiments. I am looking forward to new ideas this week when Afterschool is hosted by What Do We Do All Day. And now on to our week.
School. It worries me a little that when I ask Anna if she learned something new in school or whether there was something that surprised her, she always says, “no”. My husband helps in the classroom once a week, and he says that “super stations” are pretty interesting with some challenge for more advanced kids. At least Anna loves school as much as ever and claims it’s interesting even if she is supposedly not learning anything new.
Afterschool. I had a big presentation at work this week and worked late 3 out of 5 days. My husband was running a tight ship though – Anna had a playdate, restarted her gymnastics classes (she finally agreed to be moved to a group for 5 year olds) and attended a very fun music program in school with a special guest. And… ta-da… she started Russian lessons with a teacher who will be coming to our house. The first lesson was a bit turbulent, but I am hoping that they will find a way to work together, and I will find will power to speak more Russian with her.
  • Quote of the week. Me: Anna, did you learn anything about Martin Luther King in school?
  • Anna: No.
  • Me: Nothing at all? How strange! Do you know who Martin Luther King was?
  • Anna: No, I don’t know who he was, but I know who killed him. His first name was Earl, and he went to prison and died there. Will you go to prison forever for wrecking someone’s car, mama? Because papa said it can happen to you, you know.


Christy said...

Anna has the best quotes.

C still asks when he is going to learn something he doesn't know!!!!!

I hope your presentation went well.

MaryAnne said...

Sounds like she learned about MLK without realizing it!

Mom and Kiddo said...

I think it's pretty common for kids to say they are not learning anything! But she seems to have learned something about MLK in spite of herself! :)

Susan said...

Well, it's good that Anna enjoys her school time so much, even though she thinks she's not learning anything :)

That last picture is so great!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Her quote on MLK is terrific!

Jillian said...

I love the "Did anything surprise you?" question. Can't wait to ask it!

Debbie said...

I love her quote about MLK. Drive carefully my friend! I agree with the others, it seems common for children to say they learned nothing, they don't always have the ability or take the time to re-evaluate their days like we do.

Elise said...

Initially when I ask Savvy what was interesting about her day and if she learnt anything new (on the drive home from kindy)- she usually responds with limited detail. However, normally around dinner time we get the low down and hear everything about her day.

Sounds like a good arrangement to have a teacher come to the home to teach Russian.

Ticia said...

I hope the Russian teacher turns out well. I look forward to hearing more.

I'd agree with everyone, she's probably learning quite a lot, but as soon as you ask, it's "nothing." There's very funny Zits comic about that where he compresses down a 2 page essay into a 2 word answer.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Wow! You have a very busy girl! Why Russian, are you Russian? My daughter got a compliment from her teacher because she was the only one who knew why they had the day off Monday! I tried explaining to her who MLK was and what he did. It never hurts to explain things to kids because they will remember so much! My daughter does dance and I'm thinking of signing her up for swim lessons again. In your link up ...does it matter what we link up? Thank you for all your comments!