Thursday, January 24, 2013

It's All About Food

Well, it's not really all about food. But most of my pictures are of food!

Guess what? Jasmine still hasn't done her presentation! Her teacher called her up to do her history fair presentation on Wednesday--one week and one day late. She just got started, and then the class was over! She thought she'd get to do it today for sure, but the teacher was out of the classroom sitting up the history fair in the library--with Jasmine and another student still waiting to present theirs to the class. That's just crazy! At this point Jasmine doesn't really care.

This is the cream cheese thing I told you about at the end of the last post.

It came out really well, like having cheese cake for breakfast!

We do half birthdays here. We started it when the older ones were young. You can't start saying you are "going on ___" (the next age) until after your half birthday. Tyler's half birthday was yesterday. So now he can say he's going on 23 : ) 

The donuts were going to be a surprise (the kids never think about their half birthdays except Jessica whose is Valentine's Day), but then I made him go get them.  That way he got to choose the kinds, and I got to avoid an errand. The ones in the sandwich bags are the ones he reserved for himself.

This morning I wanted to use up stale English muffins, hot dog buns and french bread. So this is what I came up with.

I was just getting ready to finish up this post when Jessica called from work. She'd had a  run in with her boss and wanted picked up rather than our plan of staying to see Red Dawn when she got off of work. She was still upset when I got there, so we went to Red Elephant (no clue why it's named that) to give her time to settle in. So here are more food pictures taken with her iPod. Has anyone seen Red Dawn? I'm worried about the amount of swearing in it. Is the movie worth it?

Jasmine had a basketball game tonight. She only has a couple left. She's had fun, but it's her first competitive team, and the coach is very intense. The summer team we had her on turned out not to be worth it. I don't know if she'll play next year or not. She might go out for track at the end of February for her school, but we need to work a little harder on competing assignments. She really just forgets about them if she's not reminded. And she doesn't always write everything in her planner so I don't know what's due.

Unfortunately I have one grounded for the weekend for lying to me (after having been given a chance to give the real answer) and the same child is also grounded several days next week. Does anyone else see a problem with having 33 unexcused tardies in the first two quarters? 

For some of them, he's showing up to class over 15 minutes late. I made a deal with him that if he gets an unexcused tardy (I allotted him 9 free ones for the year but he had 17 the first 3 weeks of school) he rides the bus straight home that day and nothing else happens. But he didn't do that. Not once. So now he makes them all up in a row. I'm actually even letting him off with half the number of days if he does some work on the days he comes home. He is grumbling and I think I'm being really reasonable to not add an extra penalty because of him not coming home on those days. I was really tempted to make it double due to that, but didn't.

Before you ask, there is no reason he's not making it to class on time other than that he is just hanging out with his friends. The ones where he's coming in over 15 minutes late are to the class right after lunch because he just doesn't want to leave his friends and go. I would imagine many of them are tardy too, but probably not the same ones every day.

On another note, tomorrow (Friday) marks the three year anniversary of the twins coming home.

After 36 hours in the airport, we left after 1:00 a.m. January 25, 2010.

We drove a little ways and stopped for the night. They were so dirty that they took baths even though it was after 2:00 a.m. We got to bed around 3:00 a.m.

A reporter from the TV station was waiting for us when we got home late that afternoon.

I'll post more about the twins tomorrow or Saturday.

Tomorrow is the judging for the history fair, so I hope Jasmine gets to do her presentation, have her project judged for the fair (not from her presentation, but I think a panel of people comes in and judges them) and we'll be done with it. Her project is a power point on the space program in FL so I can't post a picture of it.

Hope you are all having a good week. Leave me a comment :)


kayder1996 said...

As a teacher, I have to say I find the whole presentation thing not good. When you ask elementary kids to present orally, they need to have a date and a time. And that's especially important for a child who has some challenges. I think that's just poor teaching. You as the teacher know how long each report will take, you schedule so many a day with each person assigned a day. If children are not prepared, you just skip them and have prepared some filler type activities just in case. But you don't give elementary children indefinite dates. Sometimes what other teachers do amaze me.

Rose Anne said...

It still amazes me that she still has not been able to give her presentation! This is why so many kids don't care,you can't put them off and think they will care a hoot about your class.

Kathy C. said...

I agree Kayla. Putting together the whole project was very time consuming and challenging and Jessica did so much to help Jasmine. The power point is maybe five minutes and then what the teacher wants her to say is about 2-3 minutes, so maybe about 8 minutes total, 2 minutes to set up. So in a 50 minute class period, 5 kids could present. The kids who did boards might not need quite that long, but I'd still leave it at 10 minutes and 5 a day. So about 4-5 days for all.

I agree with you that they should know exactly what day they're on.

Kathy C. said...

I agree Rose Ann. You and I were writing comments at the same time :)

One Crowded House said...

3 years home... wow....

Kathy C. said...

You've had your Haitian sensation home longer than that haven't you? I know they all took forever but the ones in Pap just dragged each step of the way.