Sunday, October 14, 2012


In our lives… Fall battles summer for dominance here. We had some warm days and first rainy days of the season. Anna still loves school very much and says that two days of weekend is too much. They started ability-based language art classes where students from different first grade classes are mixed together based on reading proficiency and sent off to different classrooms for an hour four times a week. She is, of course, in the highest reading group that is taught by the second grade teacher, and she seems to enjoy her language arts class a lot.


Afterschool. At home there was a lot of Lego building and drawing. I made a few of mini-books to reuse our writing paper, and Anna was drawing Halloween monsters and other Halloween themes combining stickers and drawings. Of course, as always, there was plenty of reading – Anna watches no TV at all and didn’t ask to ask for any electronic entertainment for quite a while.


What’s new? Last Sunday Anna and papa went sailing with our friends. It was an excellent time to go, because they caught special events in San Francisco – both American Cup sailing race and an air show for Fleet Week. Anna said that the airplanes (Blue Angels) were “cool but very loud”, and papa took a lot of very cool photos.


Quote of the week:

  • Anna: Mama, are you sure that I am your daughter? Really really sure?
  • Me: Yes, I am absolutely sure.
  • Anna: Prove it.
  • Me: Go look in the mirror. Everyone says you look just like me.
  • Anna: I don’t see it. I see papa’s eyes and papa’s hair. This proves that I am his daughter, but what about you?

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Phyllis said...

It must make you feel good to hear how much she loves her school. I think it is wonderful that she has no electronics at all.

Sarah said...

I think she looks just like you also! :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love Anna's quote! She seems quite your daughter from what I see on your blog!

And a sailboat would be the perfect location to watch the Blue Angels in San Francisco!

Christy said...

How great that she loves school so much!

My kids watch a little television on the weekends and there are a few shows we watch together during the week, but we try to limit tv. Tom is a huge sports fan so some kind of event or game is often on tv on the weekend in our house.

Christy said...

Oh, and she is your twin!!!

Ticia said...

What a fun way for them to teach reading. I always loved projects like that when I was teaching.

Debbie said...

Her quote cracked me up..prove it, prove that you are her mama. The Blue Angels are cool to see and I agree with Anna they are loud.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

We were in San Francisco last year when the Blue Angels were there practicing for a few days. It's really a breathtaking sight to see them with that backdrop. My little one was not even a year and the nose was quite scary to hear, poor thing. The day of the show we watched from across the bay, very cool!