Today Kirsten and I had the opportunity to visit Jenna and her classmates for an “Author’s Tea Party”. Jenna read to us a non-fiction book and then a book she wrote titled, “All About Wildlife”.
She did a fantastic job writing and illustrating her book. She discussed classes of animals, geology and the environment, dietary requirements, evolution, extinction and predation.
While reading her book she skipped the following sentence so as not to offend her classmates or their parents:
None of anything is made by Mother Nature or God. It’s all called Science.
After each pupil read their book the group was allowed one comment and one question. After one boy read about “little stars” Jenna asked, “How do you know the stars are small unless you’ve seen one up close?” Brilliant question, I thought.
I had the pleasure today of having a conference with Skye’s teacher to discuss Skye’s progress. Skye is doing very well. No surprises.
What troubled me about our meeting were a couple of statements made by her teacher.
She doesn’t give more homework because, quite frankly, it wouldn’t get done. The students are too involved with extracurricular activities, video games, and television. She said that for many parents academics takes a back seat to everything else in their children’s busy schedules.
She said her primary responsibility is to work with the pupils who struggle the most. Anything she does to challenge Skye and other bright kids, such as assigning independent work or helping them with advanced concepts, is beyond what is required. She has limited time and resources and is mandated to focus on the kids who need the most help. If it weren’t for her teacher making extra efforts Skye would be left to teach herself or simply go at a much slower pace than she is capable.
I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I read this book because I thought it would be interesting.
I liked that Harry was brave. He tried to save the Sorcerer’s Stone from Voldemort. Voldemort is evil. I also liked it because, at the end, Harry helps Gryffindor get more points than Slytherin to win the House Cup. I like Hermione because she is smart, pretty and nice.
The book was different from the movie because the movie scared me more than the book.
I think someone else would like this book because it was cool and fun to read.
Yesterday I went to school. I always eat breakfast at school so I did. After I ate I went outside and played for a little bit near the playground. During immigration work I made a paper passport. Today we are going to write the first entry in our journal. I’m always exited for recess. I get to hang out with some of the friends that aren’t in my class or friends that I don’t hang out with much that are in my class.
We have lunch after recess so, we did. After lunch I couldn’t wait until GT. We were going to watch a movie, The Secret Garden. I only brought it in DVD. Sorry to find out they didn’t have any DVD players, only VHS. We ended up just getting the new book and a big dictionary (to find words for which we can write the definition). We ended up reading the rest of the time and answering questions.
At the end of the day I called my dad and asked if I could go to math team. The answer was yes! I went to math team with Caleb Bailey. We multiplied decimals. I also got to sit by Ashley Howe (she was in my class last year) and do story problems. Near the end we got two suckers.
Why did the principal feel sorry for the workbook?
Because it had soooo many problems.