A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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When the test results are right – but wrong
Monday, 1 Aug, 2011 – 13:53 | Comments Off
When the test results are right – but wrong

I’ll say this about our first adventure in standardized testing land: Big Guy’s results from the spring exam dovetailed perfectly with his performance in the classroom. I’m just not sure that either indicator is accurate.
In …

What I will never tell the guys about state testing
Tuesday, 12 Apr, 2011 – 11:14 | Comments Off
What I will never tell the guys about state testing

The guys go to a school that ends at second grade, though the weight of the entire student body has been thrown behind this week’s state testing.
The kindergarteners made posters supporting the second graders – …

Reading books about stuff
Thursday, 17 Feb, 2011 – 13:33 | One Comment
Reading books about stuff

Though he’s finished all the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books and the 10-volume “39 Clues” series – does that make it 390 Clues? – Big Guy is not much on stories. He has a …

Call 911 coz we have a grammar emergency
Thursday, 13 Jan, 2011 – 12:55 | Comments Off
Call 911 coz we have a grammar emergency

“I am heavier than him uh huh.”

“That is shinier than that yep it is.”

“I am happier than him OK right.”
Overlook the confusion about usage of he/him. I’ll work on that one later. Right now, I’d …

Shhhhhh! Don’t tell him he’s doing extra homework
Thursday, 16 Dec, 2010 – 10:07 | 3 Comments
Shhhhhh! Don’t tell him he’s doing extra homework

Like most of my instances of parenting genius, this one was pure dumb luck, too. Not to mention laziness.
It was a Sunday night at the end of a hectic weekend, and I just did not …

Thanksgiving
Wednesday, 24 Nov, 2010 – 11:41 | Comments Off
Thanksgiving

I am thankful for my family. We are getting a turkey. I am also thanking for after this is Christmas. Thanksgiving is my third favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is the most thankful holiday.

This ain’t your mother’s parent-teacher conference
Thursday, 21 Oct, 2010 – 14:23 | One Comment
This ain’t your mother’s parent-teacher conference

Back in the day when we had to walk four miles up hill both ways to school, Mom used to sneak out a few evenings a year for this mysterious thing called a “parent-teacher conference.”
Convinced …

Homeschool not for the faint of heart – or me either
Monday, 18 Oct, 2010 – 12:49 | 2 Comments
Homeschool not for the faint of heart – or me either

The relentlessly cheery among us never have problems. Instead, they experience “challenges” or “opportunities.” It’s a “chance for growth.”
So, in that spirit let me thank our school system for giving me the “opportunity” to put …

THIS is second-grade math?
Friday, 1 Oct, 2010 – 13:17 | 2 Comments
THIS is second-grade math?

Rhonda, Tom, Liz and Miguel all have 4 shells. If they each find 1 more shell, does the mode change? If so, what is the new mode? – Page 64, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill “California Mathematics,” Second Grade.
Big …

I don’t believe in bribes – unless they work
Wednesday, 15 Sep, 2010 – 14:21 | Comments Off
I don’t believe in bribes – unless they work

I don’t pay for grades, despite some scant evidence that it can work in some situations.
I don’t pay for goals – that would counteract the “you’re part of a team” message I’m trying to drum …

Diving off a cliff into second grade
Thursday, 9 Sep, 2010 – 11:14 | Comments Off
Diving off a cliff into second grade

It’s not so much the academics, though the weekly spelling list now is 20 instead of 12 and the words are harder for Big Guy to wrap his head around.
“Witch? That’s not W-I-T-C-H, because I …

Mack
Saturday, 4 Sep, 2010 – 10:57 | Comments Off
Mack

Editor’s note: Clearly, I am failing Big Guy educationally. He took his imaginary dog to an American League baseball game? Unacceptable. We must watch more National League ball before he starts to think the designated …