I know I have been BAAADDDD about posting anything lately. It's been busy around here!!! :)
Let's see, what have we been up to? We had Sam's sister Donna and her kids and their boyfriends over for Thanksgiving, which was wonderful to have them visit for a few days!! The kids LOVED playing with Jess & Chelsea and their guys ... and of course they loved playing "hair salon" with Donna Donna who got the real hair dryer out for them to use! :) The turkey and food was great and we had a great time together.
Addie did AWESOME with her cast for 4 weeks – she just got it taken off this Tuesday and let me tell you she was a TROOPER. She did NOT complain AT ALL about it (other than a few times it was itchy but we gave her Benadryl and she was fine). She didn’t complain that she couldn't ride her bike or do those kinds of things – she was amazing. I’m SO glad it was Addie who broke the bone and not Ave (sorry if you’re ever reading this honey) but Avery would have been a WRECK. Addie just goes with the flow. She didn’t even cry getting it taken off – the only time she cried was when it finally came off it was sore to move it – but she has had a whole arm cast for 4 weeks, they said that it was normal for her to feel uncomfortable for awhile. They gave us a sling for her to use for comfort, but by the end of the day – she was BACK to her old self! One thing she says, though, is “yeah, no more horsey for me. My dad says no more horsey.” LOL
They say the FUNNIEST things….OMG. I should have been writing them down because now I’ve forgotten but just a couple things they’ve said:
We were walking into a shoe store and Nana told the girls she was going to buy their shoes for them. Addie says “don’t be wediculous (ridiculous) Nana!” We nearly died laughing!
Earlier that day Nana was coloring or something with the girls and Avery came up and said “that’s creative, Nana..”
I'm going to have to come back to this post after I talk to Mom tomorrow to see what else she remembers them saying, they've sure said some funny things this month!
Zach's doing really great in school - he was student of the week this week so he was pretty excited about that. I guess he gets a pencil and gets to "lead the line." Oh, to be 5 and that be the major excitement!! :) He is doing good in all his subjects (and yes, in Kindergarten here - they have subjects. There is a 7 page (each page has 3 columns with small type font) of "curriculum objectives" that they expect the Kindergarten classes to go through by the end of the year. They keep them so busy doing "curriculum" stuff they don't even have time for music or PE classes once a week -- which I find crazy. Amazing that they give them a few minutes of recess a day!! Ok here is ONE of the objectives for Math.
K.15: The student will display objects and information; using object graphs, pictorial graphs and tables.
- Display data by arranging concrete objects into organized groups to form a simple object graph.
- Display data using pictorial representations of the data to form a simple pictorial graph (ex: picture graph of the types of shoes worn by students on a given day)
- Display information in tables, either in rows or columns (ex. a table showing the number of bunnies in one column and the number of ears in another column - or a table showing the time schedule for classroom activities.
That is just ONE of 18 "MATH OBJECTIVES". There are 4 English objectives that cover two full pages and each "objective" has sub-objectives (is that a word??) under it that go from a-f. For example: K.1-a) K.1-b) K.1-c) K.1-d) etc. There are 12 reading and writing objectives, 10 Science objectives (one of the categories is: Matter: The student will investigate and understand that the position, motion and physical properties of an object can be described.) There are 5 "sub" objectives (a-e) underneath that one objective. There are 9 "History and Social Science" objectives and there are also "Computer/Technology" objectives. Get this. By grade 5 they have to have these MINIMUM computer / technology skills:
1) Student will demonstrate a basic understanding of computer theory, including bits, bytes and binary logic.
2) The student will develop basic technology skills
Develop a basic technology vocabulary that includes using cursor, software, memory, disk drives, hard drives and CD ROM
Select and use technology appropriate to tasks Basic keyborarding skills
Operate peripheral devices (Huh??)
Apply technologies to strategies for problem solving and critical thinking.
3) The student will process, store, retrieve and transmit electronic information:
Use electronic encyclopedias, almanacs, indexes and catalogs
Use search strategies to retrieve electronic information using databases, CD ROMS, videodiscs and telecommunications.
Use local and wide are netoworks and modem-delivered services to access information from electronic databases
Describe advantages and disadvantages of various computer processing, storage, retrieval and transmission techniques.
4) The student will communicate through application software
Create a 1-2 page document using word processing skills, writing process steps and publishing programs.
Use simple computer graphics and integrate graphics into word-processed documents. Create simple databases and spreadsheets to manage information and create reports
Use local and worldwide network communication services.
Keep in mind that just the MINIMUM skills (and yes, MINIMUM is highlighted in the Kindergarten curriculum) that they must have by 5th grade. Is it just me or does that seem insane? I wonder what the hell comes after this - astrophysics in 6th grade??? Computer programming? Hacking? Where is the time to have FUN! He has homework every single night - YES, in KINDERGARTEN! I pulled out my Kindergarten "progress report" and the categories were like "getting along with other children", "acclimating well to school setting", "shares well". Amazing the difference in 20 years. Ok, maybe 30 years. :)
Anyway - other than that, the girls dance (ballet/tap) every Saturday. Ben is playing hockey and is in the playoffs in the fantasy football league he’s in with his dad! Kay is cheering (dancing) for the U of MN basketball team right now. Oh, and two exciting things for Kay - the U of MN Dance Team is the # 1 in the country (yeah!) and she's going to be dancing in a bowl game (The Insight Bowl) for the U on New Years Eve in Tempe, Arizona! Be sure to check your local line up that day to see if you can catch her in action!
Here's just a couple silly pictues I've taken recently - I haven't even been snapping away with my camera which just isn't like me!
The kids are ALL geared up for Christmas and we have been milking every bit of "Santa's watching" that we can! Oh as you can see we built a gingerbread house - um yeah, that's not something I *really* want to do EVER again - I fully understand now why my mother deprived us of this "old fashioned tradition" - it was a freaking mess, there was more candy on the floor, the walls wouldn't stay up, they were fighting over it. It was INSANE. I had a cocktail. It was the only way to survive it.
Christmas morning is going to be SOOOOOO cute this year - they each have something that they really want and I think this the first year where the girls really "understand" what is going to happen. Plus Nana will get to be here for the action which is really exciting!
Anyway I think you're all about caught up now in one long post! I'll try to do better!! :)
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and if I don't talk to you before then have a VERY MERRY Christmas!