Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Update on my kids and us

It's been a while since I update my regular reader (thank you Bob) on the progress of my kids.

1st grader: I had a meeting with her teacher last week to express my concern about her lack of decoding skills. Her teacher told me that she knew Skye struggled, but half of her class was even further behind. I did get her to guarantee me that she would be enrolled in the after school reading tutoring program starting next month. I think I scared her...

3rd grade girl: Christina has really improved in reading since the beginning of the year thanks to the reading tutoring program. She now completes reading worksheets that use to take her an hour in 15 minutes.

3rd grade boy: I sat in on his TAG pullout program last week for 15 minutes. 20 odd bright kids wasted the whole time coloring repeating patterns of shapes in the name of enrichment. Today, after he had finished his worksheet in math on odds, I managed to teach him factoring. He also impressed me by remembering how to reduce fractions, even though I had only showed him how to do it once before while we were driving to a pick up pizza. He needs a bit more practice to master it, but it shouldn't take long.

6th grader girl: She got an "A+" on her science project two weeks ago. She used pendulums with different weights to prove that gravity pulled equally on objects of different weights. She is definitely our little scientist.

Me. I am coasting through my online psychology class. It is only a Technical College, but it's amazing how easy the course is.

GF: Shannon is about to finish her 3rd to last nursing course. In August she will graduate, and then its the big bucks.

Us: I have put in for orders to Alaska. I will find out in a few weeks if I got the assignment. If I do, we will move sometime in August. It will give me a whole new state's education system to bash.