Monday, September 9, 2013

How Did the Last Week Go?

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It was the first week of back to school in many schools, but here we are getting into a routine. In the first three weeks the teacher focused on getting to know her students and on “benchmark testing” for second grade. Smarty did very well on the reading test and is excited to be officially recognized as an Accelerated Reader. Her teacher returns all her class work from the previous week home on Wednesdays, and I can see that she is applying herself in writing even though she is still doing as little of it as possible at home. In our limited free time we learned more about Rosh Hashanah and enjoyed a special Rosh Hashanah snack on Wednesday and dinner on Friday.

Preparing for Back-to-School Night

IMG_0980We are having a back-to-school night this week and looking forward to getting to know Smarty’s new teacher better and hear more of what she has planned for this school year. Many parents are in the same boat, so I want to share a couple of good links on what questions to ask during a back to school night:

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Last Week’s Favorite Posts

Learn something new – a great series explaining the very basics of piano from Let’s Play Music
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Make something pretty – I love these adorable clay poppy flower magnets from Buggy and Buddy –can’t wait for the next poppy season to make them!

Read about something important – a great collection of books about autism from Growing Book By Book
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7 comments:

Ticia said...

So do California schools not require a teacher/parent conference? When I was teaching I was required to schedule a conference at the beginning and end of the year with parents.

Megan Sheakoski said...

Great tips for parents! It's easy to leave without getting the info you wanted if you don't have a plan!

Growing Book by Book said...

Thanks so much for featuring the Autism book list. I hope your readers find it helpful!

Debbie Ingold said...

Love the picture of Smarty in her class, you know I never did see the inside of Selena's classroom.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We left JDaniel school's open house I was left with lots of questions. I look forward to our teacher conference.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I also loved that California Poppy craft from last week! We are missing back to school night, but we will get to CA at the end of this month and I am really hoping to have the kids in school by early October. It turns out that their assigned school is over-enrolled, so I am not sure where they will be going.

Erica MomandKiddo said...

I loved those California poppy magnets, too!