Monday, May 18, 2015

Academic Updates

Three weeks until the end of school!  EVERYONE is counting down -- teachers, kids, parents.  Only 2 weeks for Abby though.  I can hardly wait for my mean mommy mornings to be OVER!!

SO I have to post a little academic bragging here.
We'll start with Abby.  Her preschool program was last week and she participated so well!  They do a short series of songs and then give them a preschool diploma.  All video was taken on my phone which was a mistake because I can only email myself short bits.  So you get short bits.  The last song they sang was called One Small Voice and they also did the whole thing in sign language.  Abby knew it all perfectly.  And her execution is rather . . . graceful!  I really need to look into dance lessons or gymnastics again for her.  I think that she would be great with it!
video

When they took their class picture, they placed the kids in 2 rows and then said -- ok Abby in the middle!  And she throws herself down on the floor.  Apparently this was her set position!

Smiling with her diploma and her teachers.  The one on the right, Ms. Diana, has been fantastic all year.  The other, Ms. Susan, came in mid-year so I just don't know her as well.
I think that Apple Creek has been a great experience for Abby just like it was for Megan.  It's given her a taste of what school will be like (for completely different reasons than why we sent Megan) and she is excited about kindergarten next year.

Megan hasn't yet had her final awards assembly but I wanted to post a few fun things.
Megan's reading and writing are phenomenal!  They test every quarter and have tested the kids already for their final time this year.  Here are her results: 
Can you read it?  Basically by the end of first grade, kids should be at a J level.  Megan is testing at a P with good reading comprehension (that's end of 3rd) and an R for just reading itself (comprehension not there but that's an end of 4th).  She has stopped reading out loud and she still likes chapter books with pictures but she is clipping along.  We have discovered a whole world of cute chapter books for kids and have been reading longer books out loud at night.  I love it!

She's also really gotten into writing.  I'm saving all of her stories that she brings home but I had to type out a few of these (spelling and grammar are hers) because they are so fun!

Grace and Emily
One day a batifle girl named Emily.  She'd alwas wear her shimering pink dress with her shimering pink shoes.  She loved to play games with Grace.  They loved to catch butterflys.  They liked to ride there horses.  and other fun stuff.  One day Emily and Grace were rideing there horses and Emily got lost in the woods.  She was scar.  and it was creepy too.  so she started walking.  and the clodes got darker.  the wind blew hotter.  and more crows came and made a terrible soud.  Caw!  and just then lightning struk! thunder rumbled! and a tree cauht on fire!!! and she ran as fast as she ceold go! because were they lived this teribble storm weold alwas form. and then a rock tumbled down from a mountain. and the mountain clapst (collapsed?). and the wind got stronger. it blew her around and around. faster and faster. then evreything was still. then lightning struk tords her and the rock blocked it.  and when the storm was over she was sad because she thaute she'd never see Grace again. and then Emily herd a sound. it was Grace! and Grace found her horse. and gave it to her. and they lived Happily ever after.

one day a beltifule girl named Leysa.  and Leysa woelde wear a blue dress with glitter and a pair of yellow lether shoes. and she was walking in the forest and fell down a hole and started to call for help. and it took a long time for someone to come. so she went throhe a short tunnle in the hole and herd a rusttleing sound. so she went slow as she coelde and saw a stray cat stuck in the mud. so Leysa helped the cat out of the mud. and the cat skated off to on opening in the hole the cat must of fell befor her just then it starte to rain and the cat backed up from the two openings and sunk her claws into the soft dirt.  and when the rainstorm stoped they both were frey and on the way home Leysa wacthed out for puddles and she lived Happily ever after.

the butterfly that grew.  One day there was a green caterpiller. she was very sad because she alwaes wanted to be a butterfly.  one day she felt extremly tird. so she rested on a leaf. when she woke up evrething was difrent. so she went to find out what she looked like and what she could do. then she came apon a delicisly red looking flower. so she tried to eat the petails. but they were too thick and tasted horible. then she saw gold necter. it looked so good so she ate it up. then she saw she was flying. so she landed on a leaf and tried to see what was making her fly. and she saw butifle yellow and pink flaping wings she thoute they were so butifle. but what she didn't like about her wings was they were not as pretty as a sunset moth but she didn't care. so she set out to be a butifle pink and yellow butterfly.

Anyway, you get the idea.  They are fun and she doesn't just do it at school.  I bought her a small notebook for church and she spent most of her time writing.

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