Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kindergarten note and response -- 2

Note 2

Dear Ms. K --

T threw pencils in the air today.  They didn’t hit anyone, but he must learn that he can’t be throwing things in class.

-- Ms. X

Note 2  -- Response

Dear Ms. X –

I am embarrassed to admit that neither my husband nor I is especially athletically inclined.  We will, however, be sure to work on T’s aim.

-- Ms. K

Monday, August 13, 2018

Kindergarten notes and response -- 1

Notes Home From Kindergarten

Note 1

Dear Ms. K --

T has difficulty sitting still and following directions.  He does not stay with his class’ line.  Today he tried to get into another class’ line.   Please let me know if there is a key word or phrase that will help T follow directions.

-- Ms. X

Note 1 – Response

Dear Ms. X –

We enrolled T in Obedience School at the same time we enrolled our dog.  Alas, “sit” and “stay” work quite well on the dog, but surprisingly not very well on an active five-year-old boy.  I am proud to say, however, that it has been MONTHS since T drank out of the toilet, which is more than I can say for the dog.

-- Ms. K

Book 624

The Book of Gold, by Bob Staake, Schwartz and Wade Books, 2017.

I am lifting my review of this book from a letter my third-grade son wrote for a writing assignment.  (He received 100%).

"(The Book of Gold) is a wonderful book.  I've read it three times already.

I liked The Book of Gold because it starts in the old days.  I also liked it because it was a world-traveling, time-traveling book.  My favorite part was when Isaac learned to love reading books.

I am interested in the world and vintage times, and I also like to read books.  I really liked how the illustrations turned from sepia to color."

Book 623

Obedience:  Simple Solutions, by Kim Campbell Thornton, illustrated by Buck Jones, Bowtie Press, 2003.

This super-simple, super-fast-to-read book is great for new owners of dogs (and maybe even owners of new dogs).  It wouldn't replace an obedience training course, though.

Book 622

The Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather, 1915.

This book may be part of a trilogy, but it stands just fine on its own.

Thea is a magnetic character.  I mean that in the sense that she does attract lesser spheres into her orbit.  But I also mean that in the sense that a magnet has two opposite poles.  She repels those who are most like her, and she swings from passion to passion.

I am an ordinary person with a small stable of talents.  After reading this book, I am grateful for my ordinariness. 

Book 621

Algebra & Geometry, Anything But Square, by Dan Green, Basher Book 2011.

My third-grade son loves these Basher books.  I know he likes them mostly because of the quirky illustrations.  But I also know he has learned facts from them -- facts that may not have made sense to him at the time he learned them, but later he was able to relate what he had learned from these books to what he was learning in school.

Book 620

A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons, edited by Colleen Sell, Adams Media, 2005.

This book was a bit gorpy and a bit sweet -- exactly what I expected it to be.  It also made me a bit sad, which I did not expect. 

I have a young son.  We have special rituals and special activities and a special bond.  I'm not sharing any of it here, and that kind of is the point.  What makes all of them so special is that it is between only us.