During her parent-teacher conference, Smarty set herself some goals, which were entirely too lame, like, Read one historical fiction and one non-fiction book. Seriously, is it in any shape or form a stretch goal for a child who reads all the time - something that she would be proud of having completed? However, she does have a stretch goal at home - she wants to finish 6th grade in Khan Academy math and perhaps also finish Algebra Basics (she is taking these two classes in parallel). I also want to spend a little more time on spelling with her, since it transpired during the same parent-teacher conference that 4th graders are no longer formally taught spelling in our district, since"they type most of their work and can use spell checkers".
These spring months tend to be busy. We are a little stressed because landscape design for our garden took a lot longer than planned, and we will not have our garden done by summer as planned. But we are going to try and get contractors bid on work by late April and, hopefully, have our new backyard and front yard in place by the time school is out. We also want to keep up our visits to National Parks and National Shores - we plan to go on a day trip to Point Reyes in April and pick another park for May.
Health and Wellness Goals
We have given some thoughts to upcoming changes in our school and decided that we are not going to change anything for the fifth grade at this point. However, we want to plan to get more engaged with school about their support for gifted learners and also take our advocacy to the district level. It's not going to be easy for me, since I am not a "community person", but I am going to see if I can join our district's GATE council.
We also want to make sure that we do not lose touch with several families that we had bonded over the past several years. Our goal is to make sure that we invite Smarty's friends and their parents for a dinner and a playdate at least twice a month. We also plan to get closer to another couple who we befriended recently.
Life Skills Goals
We are leaving cooking to summer when we will have more time, but, hopefully, Smarty will keep up her interest in learning German as her second language. The reason why I consider it a life skill is because she is a German citizen and it would be nice if she actually knew the language of her second home country. Also, she would have much easier time communicating to her family in Germany.
What are some of your plans for the remainder of this school year?
More Posts About School
From my blog:
- An Art Project to Celebrate a School Year
- Stress Less for Success on Academic Tests
- Advocating for Your Child In School
Follow my In the Classroom Pinterest board