Monday, October 05, 2009


We're getting there... slowly, slowly... Benjamin is now a big first grader, and doesn't quite seem to have come into his academic side. His ability to procrastinate, however, is extraordinary. Each week we have homework - a bit of math (not much), 3 pages in a very basic reader, and 10 sentences to write. The math is ok. The reading... well, he does it, but I'm not sure how much is looking at the pictures... And then the writing, which ranks somewhere up there with pulling teeth. I left him alone to write his name - all by himself - and this is what we have. BNEJMAMIN, in all caps, despite having spent the past few weeks working on lower case. But it does have a nice ring to it!

Yet when I look at Annika's 4th grade class, a mere three years of schooling later, I am amazed at how quickly things come along. Her social studies book challenges me - though since it is in Swedish, that's not so surprising. And she happily works away on math, somewhere between fortress and tower, hoping never have to do the remedial... dungeon... or something like that. I can't remember my math books having a story (hers has a family with a pet dragon) to hold their interest. But anyway, her class has come this far... so there's hope yet!

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