Monday, February 25, 2008

NCLB Quote I Like

From The Washington Post 2/16

"The sure road to adequate progress in reading is
adequate progress in knowledge"

Schools need to learn that educating is not about teaching kids to take tests. That's why my kids don't go to school.

You can see the whole article here:

More later.

Monday, February 11, 2008

The New Math

books, that is. We just got the new curriculum today and will start in on it next week. Because of the testing at the end of the year, we always need to skip ahead a bit eliminating the review at the end of our current books and the beginning of the next books so I'm sure we cover everything by June. I was worried we weren't far enough into division but it looks like we will cover it in plenty of time.

I am spending my usual Monday, running around trying to get things organized for Girl Scouts tonight. I am finding it a huge effort to lead the group this year. Part of it is that the girls aren't as interested in scouts. I had hoped they would take the lead more and I could follow their interests. They are much more interested in just hanging out with each other.

So, I've decided to stop fighting it and not bother to do badges that they don't seem interested in earning. They want field trips, so that's what we'll do. --As soon as this International Bazaar for the Service Unit is over next week. It's been like pulling teeth to get the girls to do the stuff for it but I felt like we had to make a showing. Whatever, it will all be someone else's problem in a few months :-D

Pete is working nearby on Mondays, so we have been joining him for lunch. Nice to see him when we are both awake.

I'm off to grade today's math.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


I just looked at my Cluster Map and there were 13 visits to this blog yesterday. I didn't open the blog, so none of those are me.

Who are you?

I am always stunned that even friends want to look at this more than once but complete strangers floor me completely!

Anyway, I'd love for you to comment and let me know how you found this and, if you plan to come back, why that is?

In other news, we are in NC today to see my folks before they head off on a lengthy trip cross-country. Nice of them to do the scout work on my trip, heh heh.

Katie has decided to take ice skating lessons.

Zack is growing like a weed.

I am sleeping again--thank goodness!

Pete is liking his new job more and more ;-), but we miss him a lot :-(

It's 75 degree here today. Hope you are warm today too, one way or another.