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Four on Friday...

1. It was so hard to crawl out of bed this morning -- I'm glad this is the last day we'll have to get up in the dark. I don't know how the rest of the world does it (you know, those who actually have to leave their houses for work)!

2. There is a boy in E's class who is one of the more unusual kids I've met. He doesn't *do* anything -- he just sits there, a vacant look on his face, while the world goes on around him. Apparently he's incredibly bright, but he doesn't engage. I saw him take part in field day (in a very typical, 9-year old way), so I don't think there's any spectrum stuff going on (not that I'm an expert, by any means). Other than that, he just sits there. His teacher told me yesterday that she was hoping a small group would make a difference -- but it didn't. In our group, he just sat there. Didn't say more than a couple words, didn't write much down, didn't engage at all. The others were loving the challenging math problems, but he didn't even seem to notice. And when I pushed him a little to join in, he simply copied the work of the boy next to him. It makes me glad (yet again) that I'm no longer a classroom teacher ;)

3. So D and two of his classmates have started pre-Algebra this week. They all love it, and I'm excited to be working with them. However, the only girl involved (who also happens to be one of the remaining two younger kids -- they were bumped up in Kindergarten, effectively skipping first grade altogether) took her pre-assessment home...and somehow managed to start getting them all correct! *rolls eyes* I'm not sure what she thinks that will accomplish, to be honest. WE'll have quizzes and tests where she'll have to do the work at school (right in front of me or their teacher), so how does she think she'll get away with all the stuff she supposedly knew (but really doesn't)? She's the problem student in the class, though (to the point that the sixth grade GT teacher already knows all about her -- and her mom); and it's her mom who had D's teacher wanting to quit, I think, for the first couple of weeks. I guess I don't understand why any parent who was that overly involved wouldn't just homeschool. She's very much a control freak (and no, I'm in no way implying that parents who homeschool are control freaks -- this only applies to her :D), especially about her daughter, and if I was in D's teacher's position, I'd be asking her to either rein it in or to pull her kid out and do it herself. Yeesh.

4. E is doing a science fair project with D's best friend's younger brother -- their choice. So tomorrow, E and D will get to go over to their house. I'm good friends with the mom, and we're liking the friendship between E and little M, but it still strikes us as a little strange that they decided to do this project together ;)

4 1/2. November is crazy month at school (well, the first two and a half weeks are) -- E has Day in Denver (a day long field trip which involves all parents), D has the Veteran's Day concert (which is NOT actually on Veteran's Day -- good thing, since E's field trip is), DH's cousin is getting married next weekend, the Scholastic Book Fair is coming (yay) and will be here the entire week before Thanksgiving week, and the science fair is in the midst of that week, as well. I have a feeling I'm going to collapse on the evening of the 16th...of course, E's birthday is the day before Thanksgiving, so I won't be done yet -- and yes, I'm also hoping to do NaNo in the midst of this.

Wow, now I'm tired (ha). Happy first Friday in November! How does your month look?


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Nov. 2nd, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
That does sound busy!

I'm against parents doing kids' homework. I answered phones one semester during college for the distance learning program. I can't tell you how many parents called in, upset because their kid hadn't gotten an A or passed or whatever. "But we studied so hard!" wailed one mom. And that was the problem--as far as I could see, only her son was listed as a student. Not her.

My cousin is getting married tomorrow (cousin I haven't seen since he was a baby, I might add), but hey, we live in the area now, so we'll take a drive and reacquaint ourselves.

Mostly, I have a draft to finish on my mind, as well as trying to do Christmas stuff early. I did that last year and was done by December--I can't even tell you what a relief it was! We enjoyed the whole holiday season so much more with no shopping to do. (Plus, my grandfather-in-law died, so it was extra nice to have no other worries.) It's job application season in the hoping-for-a-tenure-track-job world right now, so I'm not seeing a lot of DH. But hopefully by Christmas, everything will slow down a bit.

Good luck on everything!
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
What a great idea to have the shopping all done before December!! I like that plan! I have one child's Christmas ordered, but the other three haven't made up their minds.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, right -- I have to shop for the kiddos too?! I always forget that part...
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I really don't understand why parents do their kids' work -- who exactly is that helping?? *sigh*

Hope the wedding is a fun reacquainting :)

I need to get on Christmas stuff too -- especially because the kiddos have school until the Friday before Christmas, so it's going to seem crowded and overly busy (sigh).

I so hope your DH gets a 'renewal' on his current contract -- it would be wonderful if you didn't have to move again!
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Er, yeah. Unfortunately, they mean it on the renewable-only-to-three years bit (from September to July is our third year), and despite multiple attempts by the department head and dean, the administration isn't budging about not springing for a tenure track position (in any part of foreign languages it seems by the look of the current openings list). It's a turn of events that's turning out to be much harder on us than any other move--we didn't expect to fall so hard for this place, and like with the writing, when it seems there's a lot of hope, it's all the harder to get the no. Sigh.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
:( I didn't realize you already knew you'd be moving again -- I wish there was a way around that! (I wish I could wave my magic wand and make it happen for you...)
Nov. 3rd, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, Robin. I wish! We didn't expect to find such a perfect fit for our family here, and we will sorely miss it when we go. Now the big stress (besides the sadness of leaving--I feel a bit like a terminal patient, not wanting to leave but feeling a bit gun shy of investing myself when I know it wont' last) is finding something for next year. The hiring season is on, and hopefully we find something.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
WOW! You're busy!! I'm tired after reading that! :)

My month is kind of up in the air. We'll be visiting my FIL in Flagstaff as much as possible (hubby thinks he won't last the 6 months the doctors gave), and we plan on going there for Thanksgiving. I'm also doing NaNo--which hasn't started out well. *sigh* Hubby's birthday is also on the 21st.

My kids' teachers encourage us to help the kids with their work. I took that to mean I let the kids do their homework by themselves, they ask me any questions they might have, and after they're done, I look over the paper and have them correct any problems they got wrong. JR's teacher especially likes that since she makes them correct any work they get wrong anyway. But I don't agree with doing the work FOR them. If they do have a problem wrong, I teach them how to do it and make sure they understand (usually giving them a couple of extra problems I make up just to be sure they got it). It's my hope that this will help them learn the concepts.

Like you said, they won't have anyone's help on the work in class or tests during school so what's the point of doing the work for them. It doesn't help anyone. *sigh* Some children's parents. ;-)

Edited at 2012-11-02 03:58 pm (UTC)
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Hehe...yes, I will go over my kiddos' work (but usually only if they ask me to). E is much more independent about that (she HATES it when I make her do something again -- she'd rather just get the lower grade). And that's one reason why I don't like the concept of take-home projects -- all too often, they end up being done by parents for too many kids, and then the kids who do their own feel bad because their projects can't compare to those done by adults. :(

Hope NaNo improves for you -- and sending healing thoughts and prayers to FIL!
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
I get exhausted just reading about your activities ;o)
Nov. 2nd, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hehe...it actually tires me out too.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
You're brave to even think about Nano in such a hectic month, Robin! Right now, it looks like my February will be less busy than usual, so I'm thinking of doing a Nano-type thing then :)
Nov. 2nd, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a good idea. I just have to do something, or my writing will wither away for good (or so it feels).
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