K will not be taking the assistant manager job at the health food place. It turns out 2 of the stores are closing, including the one she's in now and the one she was going to. She's not too broken up about it - she got a heads up about the stores closing a couple of weeks ago so she went right back to the place she applied for over a year ago - the laundromat. They had no openings, but all of a sudden the manager called K the next day to say they decided to make some changes and she's hired! So she starts next week and is really looking forward to it. This is where she wants to be. Yay!
I went to J's parent-teacher meeting today. She's doing wonderfully in school and her teachers love her. Her Social Studies teacher said she writes really well and always does great on her essays. I will sing the praises of homeschooling on that one. Never a formal writing lesson, yet she's always praised for her writing.
W's academics this week included reading more of The Princess & the Goblin. Michelangelo, and American Tall Tales (Pecos Bill). We still doing a review of long division with a lot of practice problems (which we may continue into next week), and spelling exercises ( words ending in -ed and -ing and the rules that go along with it). I never realized how hard the English language is. So many rules and inconsistencies. There was also the big Halloween party and bake sale at Scouts.
On Wednesday, we went with the homeschool group to the United Nations. What a great trip! I hadn't been there since elementary school, so it was new for me, too. All the kids were 10 and 11 years old and the parents got to come along. We had a tour around most of the building. The guide spoke in a microphone clipped to his jacket and all of us wore a headset to hear him. That was cool - it kept the kids focused and we didn't have to strain to hear what was being said. The kids were very interested in everything - they asked and answered so many questions. It was a beautiful day to be in Manhattan. The following pictures are from inside the U.N.:
|W volunteered to be Canada|