Bonding with Dad

Yesterday Megan went to Beijing to pick up some friends who are visiting us from Indiana, and I’ve been cold chillin’ in Tianjin with Grace.  Today Grace and I took a ten minute walk to KFC where daddy got his dinner.  When walking with Grace we usually avoid the fruit vendors because Grace gets rather upset if she can’t hold the fruit.  I decided to be a risk taker today though and purchase some bananas.  Grace passed with flying colors.  No screamin’ and cryin’.  PTL.  As I chomped on my Mexican wrap and cold fries at home, I popped in a Signing Times DVD for Grace.  When she realized what was on TV, Grace was so excited that I know we would have won 10,000 bucks on AFV had I been taping her.  These Signing Times DVDs are great.  I highly recommend them.  They teach American Sign Language to all kids in a fun and easy to comprehend way.  I’ve only watched the DVDs a few times, but I think my ASL is better than my Chinese now!  Of course I’m exaggerating, but that statement can be said of Grace.  She has picked up on a number of the signs, and it’s so cool.  She can’t say to us that her stomach is feeling a little empty, but she can sign it.  It’s amazing what kids can learn.  Grace’s oral skills are quite limited, but one of the words she says regularly is Amen.  I love that.  Makes me nearly cry.  Not much else to report.  Changed some stanky diapers, danced with my daughter to the tunes of Kirk Franklin, splashed water during bathtime, cleaned the mess Grace left behind after her meals, and read some Bible stories before hitting the sack.  God is good.  Amen.   

Learning About Where We Live

This week we kick off the new quarter with a unit on Ancient China.  We’ll watch another video with our good friend Arizona Smith where we will be introduced to the cruel and ruthless ways of Qin Shihuangdi.  Dr. Overhead will also be coming out with a graphic organizer of a main idea diagram.  Before we can take a look at that transparency though, we’ll need to do some bookwork and play a game of Weakest Link.  Will the Archaeologists and Just be able to defend their championship?  The Sahara Penguins, the Black Hole, the  s, the Strongest Link, the Einsteins, the Alien Links, the Europeans, and Supernova will do all they can to stop them in their tracks.  Only time will tell who win the second Weakest Link of the year.  May the force be with you. 

Standout Students

Do you know who Konrad Spindler is?  Does the Taj Mahal mean anything to you?  What about explaining at least three ways in which culture influences a country?  Talk to Joseph & Tom, and they’ll be sure to help you out.  These two guys finished as the Chapter 1-2 Top Test Takers.
 
Can we say organized?  The following students kept all of their assignments this quarter and earned the 100 Point Bbbbonus:  Christina, Jason, Sophia, Tina & Tom
 
Future Cartographers?  I don’t know, but the Ancient Mesopotamia maps recently turned in by Jason, Joseph & Tina definitely have Fab Flava’.  What separated their maps from the rest?  Their maps are completely colored and done so in a bright fashion, all the places are spelled correctly and labeled where they should be, and one does not have difficulty reading the map. 
 

Lots of Writing

Next week there will be a test covering chapters 3-6.  This includes Early Cultures, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, and Ancient India.  6th Grade White will take the exam on Tuesday, and 6th Grade Blue will take it on Thursday.  Vocabulary terms and essays will be given tomorrow.  Tomorrow.  I love ya!  Tomorrow…