Math and spelling updates

Rachel continues to do well in both spelling math classes. Here are scans of tests from each class. Click the thumbnail image to see the whole test.

Math test Spelling test
Math Spelling

Cumberland Blvd.

Every time we drive past the exit for Cumberland Blvd., Rachel laughs and tells me she usually misreads it to say Cucumberland.

Cumberland Blvd. exit sign

We imagine Cucumberland is a theme park with roller coasters, food vendors, and all that great stuff.

The signs for Cumberland and Cucumberland Blvd. courtesy of a street and highway sign generator I found on the Web.

Book report results

Tuesday, Rachel turned in her most recent book report. She read Afternoon on the Amazon, a Magic Tree House book.

The amazing news is her grade: a 100%!

We’ve struggled with book reports this year. She wasn’t letting me help her and was doing all the work at the very last minute. After a poor grade on the previous report, Rachel finally consented to let me help proofread the report.

Her next book report will likely be on Double Fudge by Judy Blume.

Quiet dinner at home

Whose life isn’t hectic? To relieve the stress, I tried something new with Rachel last night. We sat down at dinner with our calendars (hers is a school-mandated agenda with homework assignments). Dinner discussion was about “tomorrow”. We even went so far as to talk about appropriate clothes for the next day’s activities.

After dinner, we were relaxed. This morning, getting dressed was easy. Stress just disappeared. Dinner was the perfect time for Rach and I to talk through our plans for the next day.

I doubt the idea scales to larger families. And it may not even be managable for the longer term with just us. I’m giving it a try, though and will keep you posted.

Workin’ on bikes

Our bikes live on a porch, open to the weather. Over the last six months, they’ve begun to take a beating. Rachel’s bike is about a year old and rust is starting to appear around the fasteners holding it together.

Today we took the first step to keeping the bikes in good working order: cleaning and oiling the chains. It was Rachel’s first time using an oil can and she did a bang-up job! Her chain is well-lubricated. She’s circling the neighborhood right now 🙂