Sunday, February 12, 2012


School. It was another busy week. In school kids were celebrating 100 days of school with games and a lot of math work. I am a little concerned that Anna’s math is not progressing much, since her school level is way lower than she can do. On another hand, she is boldly going after all math challenges presented by her teacher, which shows her confidence in her abilities. She also really enjoys her YMCA afterschool program, especially her cooking club and drama club. I walked on her drama club once when I came to pick her up, and it was a lot of fun to watch. This week Y has an art show and auction to benefit YMCA inclusion programs. We are looking forward to see what the kids were making for the last couple of months.


Afterschool. I’ve been very busy at work, so there was no early pick ups this week. On “papa days” Anna had a playdate and a gymnastics class. Every day she was begging to play on my computer – she loves visiting Moneyville that Learning All the Time wrote about. To be honest, I only sat through her once in this game and decided that it’s OK to just let her travel it on her own. She also helped me cook and is learning to use a sharp knife. I am still nervous about it, but so far so good!


Places we are going. Anna went to a birthday party for her classmate last week that was the longest ever so far – 4 hours. I dropped her off but came back in the end for the snake show. It was pretty amazing and done by a local snake grower who sells his snakes (mostly boa constrictors) all over the United States. In the end he let all his snakes loose and let the kids touch and hold them. Anna just couldn’t get enough and begs for a snake as a pet. Well, I am not ready to raise a rat colony as food for snakes like the guy does.


Quote of the week.

  • Me: How was your playdate with A?
  • Anna: It was fun! We were pretending to poop and pee on each other!
  • Me: Gaak! You two are supposed to be smart kids!
  • Anna: We are smart. We were only pretending. We didn’t even take our clothes off.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I can't stop laughing!

Rebecca said...

I'd be nervous to leave my daughter at a bday party for the first time- brave mom! The snake show sounds super cool!

Mom and Kiddo said...

Oh dear. You haven't heard the poop and pee talk that two young boys can do! ACK!!!

I broke down and decided to get Kiddo a math tutor to enhance his math learning. He just started and will go every other week. He loves it!! It's not cheap, but I thought, some moms give their kids violin lessons and that's not cheap, either.

Phyllis said...

I love the photos of her holding the snakes. She looks so comfortable and happy!

Ticia said...

I'm with you ACK!

My kids occasionally try to convince me of more unusual pets......

MaryAnne said...

Thank heavens they kept their clothes on!!!

I'll have to look into Moneyville for Emma!

Susan said...

Anna's comment made me laugh out loud!

I am glad Anna is liking Moneyville :)

I am impressed that Anna likes snakes so much...I do not, at all!

Kim said...

Ah, the poop and pee phase... So much fun.
She may not be learning new math, but at least she is learning confidence in her abilities. When it is time to move on to higher topics, she won't have any fear and it will come easily to her.

hey said...

Wow, what a party with those snakes. Very cool. I'll also pass on the rat colony. Yuck!!!!!!! Snakes fine, rats no!


Kelly said...

I don't think there has ever been an "Anna quote" that I haven't laughed out loud! She is growing and getting so independent.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It said...

Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop! We were celebrating our 100th day too last week. It's fun to see how quickly their math skills have changed since August. We're going to start working on fact families this week.

Christy said...

4 hours???? Yikes!!!!! Actually, our parties tend to run long, but after 2 hours we are usually only left with a few close friends.

I am the one hiding in the corner at reptile parties - not a fan!!!!!!!!