I got seven Owlcrate Jr. boxes during the Owlcrate Black Friday sale. These are middle grade books which I quite enjoy reading on occasion. I used some of the stuff in the boxes as stocking stuffers and for my best friend’s Christmas present and for a little gift exchange and, of course, to treat myself.
Elephants on Parade (March 2021)
Sagas & Swords (May 2021)
Campfire Stories (June 2022)
Jump Off the Page (July 2022)
Mission to Space (October 2022)
Inner Magic (January 2021)
Write it Down (February 2021)
I really enjoyed shopping the Owlcrate Black Friday sale. I ended up with 15 books (13 for me) plus some smaller books and lots of bookish stuff. The first and last days of the sale I got lots of random stuff, some that I used for stocking stuffers.
The first day I got a handwarmer and Angel of Music coffee (for Ani), an outer space book (for Mayci), a seek and find book (for Zeke), a Camp Half Blood sticker (for Haley), and a multicolor pen and outer space Washi tape for me.
The last day I got a pillowcase (for my best friend) and a sticker, a pen, a wooden bookmark, washi tape, a Christmas tree ornament, a keychain, a really cool tin, a patch, a reading planner, and the books From Twinkle, With Love and Strangeworlds Travel Agency.
Near the end of the second semester we got Nicky and Noah’s progress reports. Nicky is all over the place thanks to ADHD so he’s having trouble remembering (or, more likely, letting the teacher know he remembers) what he’s been taught. Everything he didn’t get mastery on is also because of his ADHD. Noah knows all 26 uppercase letters and 25 of the lowercase letters. He can count 1-10, skips 11-19, and says 20. He apparently loves when he gets to be in charge of his teacher’s keys. I’m so glad he is able to be in ECSE. It’s made a huge difference for him.
Nicholas has mastered telling his age, pinching things to pick them up, identifying colors, reciting the alphabet, and that the number counted indicates how many there are. He’s progressing on participating in classroom and movement activities as well as following the morning routine. He’s in the social play stage meaning he plays together with others.
Noah has mastered pinching things to pick them up, participating in classroom and movement activities, identifying colors, and reciting the alphabet. He’s progressing on telling his age as well as following the morning routine. He does not yet understand that the number counted indicates how many there are. He’s in the parallel play stage meaning he plays near other children, but does not play with them.
Some of the kids wanted to buy lunch most days this weeks. Four of them are also wanting to have a longer recess instead of eating their snacks so I’ve just been putting a fig bar or Nutrigrain bar in their backpacks since those can sit in there for several days without going bad.
Zeke works so hard in school. He earned every one of his grades with a lot of hard work. It’s amazing how hard he’s come over the last couple years. School comes easy for Mayci. She’s very smart and (when she doesn’t make careless errors) it shows in her grades. She loves school so much.
Starting in first grade kids get percentage grades for language arts, math, science, and social studies. They get E (excellent), S (satisfactory), or U (unsatisfactory) in everything else.
Language Arts – 88%
Math – 74%
Social Studies – 78%
Science – 83%
Conduct – S
Health – E
Art – S
Theater Arts – S
Music – E
PE – E
Language Arts – 95%
Math – 91%
Social Studies – 100%
Science – 97%
Conduct – E
Health – E
Art – E
Theater Arts – E
Music – E
PE – E
Kindergartners get lots and lots of grades on a 1-5 scale with 1 being well below grade level and 5 being well above grade level. Most of the grades given are 3s. Anthony is doing really well, especially in conduct which is something we’ve been working hard on since pre-k.
Music – all 2s
PE – all 3s
Participation – all 3s
Conduct – almost all 3s, a couple 2s, and a 4 in respecting authority figures
Language Arts – two 2s and a 3
Reading – an even mix of 2s and 3s
Math – mostly 2s and a 3; he can rote count to 29
Social Studies – an even mix of 2s and 3s
Science – all 3s and one 2
Health – 3
The second quarter was a lot of staying on top of Adrian to clear up his zeroes and get things turned in. It’s something he’s struggled with the whole time he’s been in school. In the end, he did really well and is quite pleased with his grades.
Our school district allows high school kids to exempt up to three midterms every December. Whether they can exempt depends on grades and absences/tardies. They cannot exempt AP course midterms no matter what.
Physics – 75% quarter / 85% midterm / 78% semester
iCSI – 97% quarter / 97% midterm / 97% semester
AP Human Geography – 70% quarter / 70% midterm / 72% semester
Spanish II – 91% quarter / midterm exempt / 91% semester
Geometry – 92% quarter / midterm exempt / 93% semester
Computer Science – 93% quarter / 88% midterm / 91% semester
English I – 88% quarter / midterm exempt / 90% semester
GPA: 3.5 quarter / 3.7 semester
Algebra II – 94% quarter / midterm exempt / 95% semester
3D Modeling & Animation – 93% quarter / 100% midterm / 92% semester
Physics – 96% quarter / midterm exempt / 95% semester
AP US History – 85% quarter / 86% midterm / 83% semester
Video Game Design – 100% quarter / 100% midterm / 100% semester
AP English III – 91% quarter / 94% midterm / 93% semester
Computer Science – 98% quarter / midterm exempt / 98% semester
GPA: 4.4 quarter and semester
Ani is getting ready to open a little online shop selling dyed rice sensory kits. The rice comes out so pretty. A few weeks ago she had Anthony over and he got to play in some rice she had made.
Just touching the rice relaxed him so much. The color was beautiful and scooping and pouring made him very happy.
The wooden containers are a set I got for her to keep at her house with the rice she made for her little siblings. They were definitely a hit with Anthony.
He made a bit of a mess but that was okay because the rice is very easy to clean up. He played with the rice for quite a while.
Once he was done playing with the rice, he went right to bed and went to sleep quickly. That is not a common occurrence for Anthony. (Ani’s cat Azula liked the rice, too.)
Lately Nicholas has been carrying around a cookbook and saying it’s his favorite book. He loves to look at the pictures, especially the ones of donuts.
When you have a more spirited child like Nicholas, one that has lots of trouble keeping his hands to himself, you worry a bit about him making friends. Especially if he’s super outgoing like Nicholas.
It turns out Nicholas has made a very best friend in another one of the pre-k classes at his school. The boys call each other “my brother.” They play together at recess and PE every day.
They got together at a trampoline park and were absolutely joined at the hip and so happy to be together. It’s such a relief to know that even with how much Nicholas is he’s making friends.