Sunday, September 23, 2012

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While I was too busy to comment on links from the last week, I couldn’t help but check out this post by Edventures with Kids – it’s good to know that there are so many interesting books waiting for Anna in higher grades.back-to-school-booklists

Sep18_MathIn our lives… Anna is now adjusted to different wake up time. Most of the days she gets up on her own when her alarm clock beeps, gets dressed and comes down to breakfast. She falls asleep an hour earlier – at around 9 pm. She seem to be enjoying writing more this year, but complains that math is boring and there is too much of it. I am going to talk to her teacher about it – I get her references to “boring”, since she is far behind “dot talks” and adding to 20 in her math knowledge.


Afterschool. As usual, Anna was reading a lot this week. Once she made an effort to earn computer time by writing in her journal – she wrote about her allowance and how much she loves getting it. She is getting $1 a week and very unwilling to spend any money. I signed up for Bedtime Math emails following advice from a friend, and I really like it, because it encourages mental math. She mostly enjoys solving these challenges, but one resulted in her screaming in frustration, because she didn’t know how to approach the problem. So it’s a lesson both in math and in not giving up at the first sign of trouble.


What’s new? We have officially closed our swimming season last weekend. The day was warm, but water in the pool was rather chilly – apparently a solar heater doesn’t cope well with shorter days. Now it’s on to hikes and many upcoming birthday parties for the weekends. I picked up a humongous project at work, so my time to comment and write might be very limited in the next few weeks. I am just hoping I will still have enough time for my family!


Quote of the week: (After the first Mad Science afterschool class):

We learned about physical and chemical reactions today. A physical reaction is boring everyday stuff when anything hardly ever happens. A chemical reaction is cool and amazing stuff with bubbles and heat changes and other things.

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Ticia said...

Now I'm curious about bedtime math, and going to go check it out.

I hope work doesn't get you too drowned. I do know what you mean about feeling too busy and overwhelmed.

Christy said...

I'm going to check out Bedtime Math too!

Collin often says math is boring in school.

Susan said...

I'm glad to hear that Anna has adjusted to her back-to-school schedule. I agree with everyone else, Bedtime Math does sound interesting.
My girls would definitely agree with Anna that the chemical reactions are the exciting ones :)
I hope that the new project at work doesn't become too overwhelming.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

The mental math program sounds wonderful. JDaniel loves chemical reactions too.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love Anna's description of physical vs chemical reactions!

I'm going to check out Bedtime Math - sounds like something Emma and Mike would enjoy doing together.