We are having a fantastic December. W is getting so much reading, writing, and math done. He decided that he wanted to try Spanish again, so while at Costco last week I found this knock-off, Rosetta-Stone-like program on sale for $18. It comes with a bunch of CD Roms and you can record yourself saying the words. It's fun and he likes it so far. We're half-way through TT5 math now - right on track to finish it by the end of 4th grade in June (then we're doing TT7 from the beginning of 5th grade to the end of 6th grade). I find that it's best for us to stretch out the math. W retains it better that way as he isn't inundated with too many new math concepts each month. We do math 3-4 times a week (sometimes once or twice a week - December slows us down a bit, lol). The schedule that W made has been working well - actually better than anything I came up with.
W had a party and awards ceremony at Cub Scouts this month, too. He was presented with a bunch of patches and badges he's earned over the last half-year. In addition to the patches in the picture below, his 4 activity badges were: Citizen, Readyman, Outdoorsman, & Artist badges. He got a patch, pocketknife pledge card, and badge for the Whittling Chip. The badge states that W "has earned the right to carry a pocketknife to designated Cub Scout functions", because he demonstrated knowledge and skill in its use and completed the safety requirements and promises to abide by the Knives Are Not Toys guidelines. He's proud of that one the most, I think. We also got our Pinewood Derby car to build for the big race in a few months. This is such a wonderful pack and troop of scouts.
|W's New Cub Scout Patches|
We have also been going to the pool hall in the West Village every week. I'm so glad it's that time of year again! For a few hours W gets to play games with friends and moms get to relax and chat and listen to some good jazz music - usually being played by various bands who use the space to rehearse. It's a dark, gritty, oh-so-cool atmosphere that just drips the essence of New York City out of its walls. W and I really look forward to this every week.
|W and Friend Playing Pool|
As I mention every year, NYC is the most incredible place to be at Christmastime. The kids and I decided to walk around the mall in the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle. This is where we were a few years ago when we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade go by. For Christmas they have these beautiful hanging stars that light up to the beat of the Christmas carols being played. The kids loved it.
|Christmas Stars in the Time Warner Building|
|K, J, & W under the Christmas stars reflected in the window|
|A Tree in Columbus Circle|