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    #167872 - 09/16/13 09:22 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Small Gods was actually the first one I read all the way through, too, but it didn't really grab me like the witch books did. (There was no Tiffany Aching back then, sad to say.) I also really enjoyed the Guards books, and I had a friend who loved Moving Pictures as a jumping-off point.

    She can start anywhere she likes, but I'd strongly recommend against starting with The Light Fantastic (I read the first two chapters or so in high school, and abandoned it because it made no sense). It was much later that I learned that it was the second book in a two-part novel, and also that the later Discworld books were more developed and better.

    It does seem crazy to tell kids they can't read books they brought from home, and doubly so if they are books that are in the school library.

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    #167874 - 09/16/13 09:31 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    I don't make a fuss about much, but this would justify making a fuss for me (and in fact, I do plan to make a stink if DS5 is being relegated to K books...fortunately, I know his teacher has my back). Free reading is free reading, or it should be. Ergh.

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    #167879 - 09/16/13 09:46 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: ElizabethN]
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    DD loves her kindergarten! And, we do too. It is challenging her in just the right ways.

    Update: summer reading clubs. She is down to reading about 1.5 hours a day since school started. Over the summer I'd say her reading level has improved a few levels. (At the beginning of summer she was reading rainbow magic.) She is currently reading the Wrinkle in Time series with DH, and in the middle of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after only two nights of independent reading. I think that is about a mid fourth grade level. For some reason we are still surprised by her comprehension. She correctly predicted the end of A Wrinkle in Time, unprompted, and she is still remembering more details than DH.

    We were worried about summer reading clubs messing with her motivation and love of reading, and it just did not happen. Phew.

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    #167889 - 09/16/13 10:47 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    These are great stories, folks! Keep them coming!
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    #168098 - 09/17/13 02:54 PM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    I fell asleep reading Charlotte's Web to DD last night and we were at the very beginning of Wilbur's attempted escape. She woke me up apparently about 15 minutes later and said with tears in her eyes, "Mommy, Wilbur didn't make it. I wanted him to go back to Fern and live happily ever after." We're putting the book away for now. She sees Wilbur as Fern's baby and their separation is giving her nightmares.

    On her ballet front, both her teacher and I told her that she'd be able to skip in a year or so (or later) and it's okay that she cannot skip for now. Well, she decided that that won't do and willed herself to learn to skip over the weekend. She asked me to talk her through the process. She thought about it, practiced it for a few minutes, then she was skipping.

    Why is it that everything she does makes me happy and worried at the same time?

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    #168429 - 09/20/13 07:23 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    that's awesome about the skipping, Mana! it's amazing how it's possible for kids to mentally break down physical skills like that - DD5's dance teacher has always said that's where talent really lives - in their minds. congratulations to your DD!

    and my thing today is that DD5 just drew a very realistic sketch of her stuffed rabbit sitting on a fully 3-dimensional chair. my jaw literally dropped when she brought it in - the legs even show perspective and depth and sit in front of a horizon line! it's especially cool because she has spontaneously implemented our homeschool exploration of 3D shapes directly into her artwork without a single prompt from me. woot!
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    #168431 - 09/20/13 07:46 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    My DD10 came home with her 6th grade midquarter grades (after skipping 5th). I suppose the school can stop being worried about if she will be able to handle the jump. Her lowest average was a 95.9 in handwriting and her next lowest was a 98 in Grammar. She had the highest grades in the class.

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    #168436 - 09/20/13 08:15 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Mana]
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    Originally Posted By: Mana
    On her ballet front, both her teacher and I told her that she'd be able to skip in a year or so (or later) and it's okay that she cannot skip for now. Well, she decided that that won't do and willed herself to learn to skip over the weekend. She asked me to talk her through the process. She thought about it, practiced it for a few minutes, then she was skipping.


    It's a pity that so many schools won't allow kids to skip even when it would clearly be beneficial.

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    #168442 - 09/20/13 09:20 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: Chana]
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    Originally Posted By: drtrum
    My DD10 came home with her 6th grade midquarter grades (after skipping 5th). I suppose the school can stop being worried about if she will be able to handle the jump. Her lowest average was a 95.9 in handwriting and her next lowest was a 98 in Grammar. She had the highest grades in the class.


    Fabulous! Talk about a smooth integration.
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    #168444 - 09/20/13 09:23 AM Re: The ultimate brag thread [Re: CFK]
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    Mana, I think your daughter's determination is terrific.

    Doubtfulguest, isn't it neat how your daughter absorbed your lessons by osmosis? If art becomes a passion of hers, I hope you'll treat us to a sample picture down the road. I'd enjoy seeing something from her perspective.
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