Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kaitlyn Preteen Summary: 9 Years Old

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This is a summary for Kaitlyn from 8.75-9 years old.

EATING 
Eating is good. She continually improves her willingness to eat foods she doesn't particularly like. I am proud of her for working on that.

SLEEPING
Sleeping is great. I have a feeling she will be the type of teenager to want to sleep in. 

EXTRA CURRICULAR
During this time period, Kaitlyn played basketball. She had a couple of months off of soccer practice, but started up the last month of this period. She continued with the piano and dance, with some swim lessons here and there. She has passed off all skills, but she does lessons still to maintain her skills. We are there anyway so she might as well take some time to stay up on the skills. 

The big thing of this time period was the musical. Kaitlyn played Pinocchio in our school musical. She was fantastic! She really enjoys acting and naturally comes alive on stage. She has always loved to perform.

Ready for a dance revue (in the locker room)


SCHOOL
School continues to go well. Kaitlyn recently declared to me that she hates math. This was a surprise to me because she is for sure one of the top students in her grade in math. I am not sure why she would hate something she is good at. It makes me sad, too, because of the stereotype that girls aren't math people. I don't want her to give up on math and slowly decline in her math abilities. I am still mulling over how to respond to this other than "Really? That surprises me!" I understand it because honestly math was my least favorite subject in school and I was pretty good at it. In elementary I did well, and in Jr. High and High School I was always in the second highest level. But I hated it. I finished all of my college math as a junior in high school so I wouldn't have to take math in college. I haven't shared any of that with her, though. I am not sure if I should. I am also not sure if I should even care that she hates it! 

BOOKS
Kaitlyn recently read the book Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards. Our neighbor brought it over because it was her favorite book as a little girl and she has no daughters, only sons, so she wanted to share it and she knew Kaitlyn is a reader. Kaitlyn loved it! She has also recently enjoyed Sarah Plain and Tall and The Classroom at the End of the Hall.  She starts and finishes books faster than I am even aware of them.

SCHEDULE
School schedule:

7:00 AM--Wake up. Eat breakfast and get ready. Practice piano. Do morning chores. Read scriptures. 
Go to school.
4:00 PM--Home from school. Homework. Free play
5:30 PM--Dinner. Then family time.
7:00 PM--Start getting ready for bed.
8:30 PM--Bedtime.

2 comments:

John said...

Love reading your summaries!

Just wondering. Do you still sit with each child as they practise piano or do they do it alone. If they do it alone what age were you happy for them to practise on their own. Also do they all read scriptures at the same time or would one child be playing piano while one child reads scriptures. I noticed in Brinleys summary she reads scriptures with you nearer 8.45 but are your other children leaving for school? I'm interested to know how it all works as I would like to sort my morning routine out and would like to include these activities.

thanks

Jerusha

Valerie Plowman said...

Jerusha! I didn't see your comment until now! I am so sorry.

I don't usually sit with the kids as they practice. For sure not Brayden (11 years old). Rarely with Kaitlyn (9). Even rarely for McKenna (7). If I do, it is just the first time practice happens to make sure they have it correct.

I DO make sure I can hear so no one skimps on practice time!

For scriptures, morning scriptures are individual. So each child reads on their own. Brinley can't read on her own yet, so I read to her (or we do it "on tape").

We read together as a family in the evening with our bedtime routine.

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