Monthly Archives: October 2012

Young Author books

Everyone has written a Young Author book. Even Angel, our favorite HW Club member!

Samantha wrote about the animals on Wild Azalea Lane. There are chapters on snakes, turtles, spiders, salamanders, and other wild creatures. My favorite line from her book: I saw a strange snake and called for my mom. Of course she brought her camera, she takes pictures of everything!

Shockingly, Aidan decided to write a book about trains. Specifically steam locomotives. I learned a great deal after trying to get him to organize his ideas in a format that was not just a stream of consciousness about trains. The part I was most impressed by – how steam locomotives actually work. See the process below. Aidan’s drawing:

Angel wanted to write about HW club, which of course made me smile. My favorite part – when she said she wanted to do HW club all year because her grades are better since she started coming. Here is some proof.

She was embarrassed to show off her good grades, but I know she is proud of getting better grades. She is even asking her teacher if she can take unfinished classwork home on HW club days because she knows she will be able to get it done. 3rd grade is rough. Lots more work, grades, higher expectations.

All to say, super proud of all the HW club members and their Young Author book submissions 🙂

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Fall pics

It is definitely fall on Wild Azalea Lane. Check out some pics from this weekend –

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Saturday soccer

Aidan’s soccer team played in Burlington today. Here are a few pics from the game.

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Friday at our house

Samantha’s level 3 swim school lessons started this afternoon. After this, swim team prep! She is looking good in the water, so I am confident I can get her to do summer swim team at Heritage Hills 🙂

While we were at swim school, the boys went shopping for Halloween costumes. They were waiting at the door when we got home. We were definitely scared….are you?
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As I write this post, Samantha is reading a Harry Potter book in her room. Really.

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the messy desk

So, Aidan came home on Friday with a note from his teacher saying that his homework from Wed was incomplete. Rahul quickly jumped in to say that he told Aidan he did not have to write out the place value blocks in order to subtract if he could do it with regrouping. In all honesty, it did seem like a step backwards. If you can do it without the visuals, why use them?

Aidan was devastated that his homework was considered incomplete, so I called my speech therapist colleague to see if she would get his math workbook for me. She called back to say that she was able to get the workbook and asked if I had seen Aidan’s desk. Sigh. In my gut I knew this was an issue. He had 3 missing assignments when I checked his grades online (how cool is this?) Somehow I knew those missing assignments were in his desk.

After school today, Aidan and I went to his classroom to work on desk organization. I taught him the 3 pile strategy – one pile to keep, one pile to take home, one pile to throw away. Just another reason I know I was meant to be his mom 🙂

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After our organizational work, Aidan had found his 3 missing assignments and all trash was out of his desk (as well as all the pencil shavings….no more desk pencil sharpeners….they are only a distraction).

I am glad that Aidan is naturally smart, learning comes easy for him (and it does not for a lot of students). He will need to work on organization, and for that I am completely qualified!

Kristan

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October 23, 2012 · 1:36 am

Cub Scouts camping

Aidan and Rahul went camping this weekend with the cub scout troop. Because it is October, the trip included pumpkin carving and costumes. Aidan wore his Darth Vader costume since he has not picked his costume for this year.

Fun times for sure!

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October 22, 2012 · 1:01 am

when the boys are away….

…the girls will play 🙂 The boys are on a Cub Scout camping trip.  I think that is all I need to say.

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Dress up, check. Make up, check. Taylor Swift dance party, check. Movie, check. Popcorn check. Spa, check.

What more could the girls ask for?

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October 21, 2012 · 1:41 am