Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Progress reports

It is rare that both girls are in good spirits when doing homework. I think one of them inevitably feels that they must take up the sword and let it be known that homework is an atrocity committed on children's free time. One night last week it was Lucy's turn. Both girls were working on studying for their Chinese writing test and their words/sentences of the week.
Grumpy homework from Lisa on Vimeo.

Even with all of the grumpiness, they are actually doing quite well with their school work. It's been a while (now that I'm not publishing their love/heart letters anymore) since I've updated you on their work. First is Lucy:
Studying Magritte:
 Chinese writing tests:

 Lucy's study on animals. In her world they are all happy and friends with each other. Not so in Kate's world as you will see below.
Year of the Rooster.
 Lucy wrote a rather lengthy paragraph which I assume is about snowflakes...

We also got this semester's progress report. Lucy is continuing to do well. She has moved up to a level H in reading (she started first grade at a level B). Comments from her English teacher: "Lucy arrives to school each day with a smile! She is showing great progress in her skills as a reader and writer, however, she is adding an "uh" sound to the end of each letter within a word, making it a challenge at times. She has grown a large bank of known words in reading and is working on transferring it to her writing. She continues to develop skills in independent learning. I am confident that the rest of the year will be full of great learning."

From her Chinese/math teacher: "Lucy continues to make progress in this semester, especially on Math. She appears to be more confident and comfortable with math learning. Besides showing increased interest in solving math problems, her computation skills have developed a lot. I encourage Lucy to continue having some extra practice with the basic math facts (1-10) at home. Lucy has been a great helper as my interpreter in class as always. I am happy to see how joyful it is for her to speak Chinese and sing all kinds of Chinese songs. Lucy would benefit from spending more time in practicing the reading (vocabulary and text) for each lesson to build a solid vocabulary foundation. I really love having Lucy learning with me and feel proud of all the progress sh ehas made so far."

Next up is Kate:
Studying Magritte
This is all work from her enrichment pull-out class:

Her Chinese writing tests:

 What she sees through her eye:
When Lucy first saw Kate's picture she asked, "What is all that red everywhere?" Kate replied, "Blood of course!" The lions were hungry...

 Year of the Rooster.

Kate was named Star Student in Chinese class. She was so proud!
 Welcome spring!
From Kate's English teacher: "Kate is an inquisitive learner who enjoys analyzing situations and making new discoveries. She continues to grasp, apply and connect concepts and ideas learned in class. She is working towards expanding critical thinking and logic skills through supplemental enrichment materials."

From her Chinese/math teacher: "Kate continues to thrive. Her academic and social-emotional growth is absolutely rapid and outstanding. She has built upon her solid Chinese language foundation with larger vocabulary and increased fluency in reading. Also, she has started to develop a strong passion for applying the characters we have learned in making her own sentences/paragraphs to express her opinions. Kate is a keen and flexible problem solver. Her math skills are growing fast as well. She is able to arrive at solutions by numerous plans often, which is very precious to a first grader. I anticipate that Kate continues developing at this pace."

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