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Things were really relaxed around here this week; I think the whole "end of the school year" thing is taking over. Erika has a pretty good grasp of what we do for "school" by this point, and she's been taking a lot of initiative, so I've been letting her run with it.

English

Erika read three Young Cam Jansen books this week, and finished reading a Magic Tree House book and a book about Llamas.

She also wrote her first Postcrossing postcard, and also wrote a story.

Picture of the first page:

Page one of "The Four Lives of Meowy"

She wrote this in her free time, so she didn't ask for any help with spelling. She seems to feel that when she's writing for her own amusement, it's OK not to worry about spelling, whereas when she's writing something for school, she always asks for help when she's not sure. I think this is an entirely reasonable attitude for a Kindergarten student; I don't want her to get bogged down worrying about spelling when she's writing for fun.

Math

This week in math, Erika started studying more difficult subtraction problems, such as 15-7, using the technique of subtracting down to 10 first. So 15-7 would be converted to 15-5-2. She only did two pages in Math Mammoth Add & Subtract 2a (39 and 40), but we also worked with this on a couple of other occasions.

Erika did some work on the whiteboard:

Subtracting

Erika also played Yoku-Gami several times.

Social Studies

We didn't do much in this area this week -- Erika did finish reading that book about Llamas, and she worked on memorizing various geography stuff in Anki, but that was about it.

Science

Erika watched Beakman's World several times, watched more of the documentary series on South America, and went on a nature walk.

Art

Erika did a lot of drawing on her own this week. I was particularly amused by the pizza.

Pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives

Music

Nothing beyond playing "Pluto Plays Music" on the iPad. Which does actually count for a little.

John plans to refocus his energy on piano lessons for Erika once Karl is no longer going to preschool, which will relieve a lot of time pressure in our schedule.

Physical Education

Lots of PE this week: Swimming, Karate, playgrounds, and the last session of Soccer for this semester.

Health

Nothing going on here this week.

German

German was Erika's major interest this week. She always wanted to work on German first, and wound up doing 11 pages in her workbook. She also read a story from the accompanying reader, did her homework, and attended class on Saturday.

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Date: 2011-05-18 11:42 am (UTC)
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She also wrote her first Postcrossing postcard

I didn't know you did Postcrossing, too! Interesting.

Does she have an account of her own, or does she use yours?

Amy got a card from the daughter of a Postcrosser the other day; I had sent her mother an official card. Totally made Amy's day, since she's occasionally sad about not getting any post. (Not having any close friends who can write yet will do that to you....)

So the other day, I wrote a return postcard for her, answering the questions the other girl had asked and saying one or two things about herself, and I wondered whether to make an account for her or not. But I don't know how enthusiastic she would be about writing others, even though I'm sure she'd enjoy receiving mail.

Perhaps I should simply create a new account and do the sending myself, but put on the profile that cards sent to that account should target a young girl, if possible?

She seems to feel that when she's writing for her own amusement, it's OK not to worry about spelling, whereas when she's writing something for school, she always asks for help when she's not sure. I think this is an entirely reasonable attitude for a Kindergarten student; I don't want her to get bogged down worrying about spelling when she's writing for fun.

That sounds entirely reasonable to me, too.

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Date: 2011-06-02 02:33 pm (UTC)
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