Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Great Chapter Book

 Izzie's report at the end of swimming. Perfect marks, with a comment to work on listening skills.

 Maddie's report at the end of swimming. Also perfect marks! Both girls were told to skip level 1 next summer. They were in a "pre-level" this year. Awesome performance girls!

 Maddie working on her chapter book. A couple of weeks ago, she found this little journal book and said she was going to write a chapter book. She picked a topic, our campout from a few months ago, and started writing. And writing. And writing. She's been working on it off and on for a couple of weeks now and she's on chapter 20. Each chapter is anywhere from 1/2 a page to one page long of her book. Her chapters are about the friends we met, the food we ate, the hikes we went on, the day at the river, our tent, bugs, one chapter on the fact that she didn't really have anything to write about but she still wanted to write, the campfire, biking at the campgrounds and more. I am so proud of all the hard work, and dedication she's put into this project, all of her own making. Sadly, because of spelling, handwriting and word spacing issues it is very, very difficult to read. But even from page one to where she is now you can see an improvement! I would transcribe it for her, but she didn't want me to and she sometimes has a hard time reading back what she wrote. You can read enough words on the page to get the gist of each chapter though. She really is sounding out her thoughts, not just writing random letters.

 So proud!

 So, Izzie's art work stack got too full for her inbox. So, we sat down over the course of two sessions and went through each piece. She came up with a keep, recycle and give away pile. This is her recycle pile, which is about half of her art. It wasn't easy but it is a good lesson. Artists need to evaluate their own work!

Last day of class. Coach, Maddie and Izzie.

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