Monday, July 9, 2012


In our lives. This was an exciting week with a whirlwind of activites. Every year we have a street party for Fourth of July, and Anna was looking forward to this event very much. It’s really a great event for kids – lots of food and desserts, a giant water slide, face painting and crafts, and, of course, fireworks. This year her best friend’s family joined us for 4th of July, which made the day even better for all of us. Her Y camp was open the other four days, and the theme was “animals” with a field trip to Oakland Zoo and a visit from a traveling petting zoo. We are very happy with her Y camp and a little sad that she only has one week of it left.


Things we are doing. The only academic thing I am pushing this summer is writing requesting Anna every day to either write 3 sentences in her journal or to record 5 books that she read. It’s interesting to watch her spelling taking off, but she still doesn’t enjoy writing at all and her neatness leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise, Anna spent most of her free time in the pool – she is really hoping to pass Y swim test on her last try this coming week.


Quote of the week: We read the book Annabelle Swift, Kindergartener where kids were counting milk money and there were  18 kids with milk costing 6 cents a carton. I wanted her to try multiplication:

  • Me: Anna, suppose the carton costs 5 cents, how much money would they have all together?
  • Anna: This is easy. We need to subtract 18 from $1.08. Umm… 90 cents!


Christy said...

Her Y camp does sound great.

I hope she passes the swim test.

MaryAnne K said...

Good luck to Anna with the swim test! It sounds like she is having a fantastic summer :)

Kelly said...

She's too smart! I bet it's getting hard to keep one step ahead of her. Sending her good luck on her swim test.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Joyful Learner said...

That's amazing she got 90 cents! When I asked K, she counted the traditional way by 5s until she got 90 cents. Love the face paint! We've been doing a lot of that here as well.

Elise said...

Hello again. I realise it has been a long time between comments. I am thankful for some time now to get back into blogging and visit you regularly again.

I love reading about your summer activities. I am sitting here with several jumpers on and a heat pack (I feel the cold). Wishing Anna all the best for her swim test.

Ticia said...

Stubborn, but smart girl.

My boys snuck by the swim test by growing a couple of inches, so the people at the pool didn't think to question them.

Debbie said...

I just think it is so neat that you live in such a child friendly neighborhood. I would love to live in a neighborhood like that for Selena. Though she truly does have it pretty good here too.

Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said...

I always enjoy peaking in on what you and Anna have been up to -- she is amazingly clever!

What a lovely block party! Sounds like many wonderful memories have been made. :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have my fingers crossed about the swim test.