5 Dollars

My life as an at-home momma of 3 amazing kids...it's kind of like shoveling snow in a blizzard.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Book report

Keithen has to do an oral book report with some kind of visual aid tomorrow in class. He will be one of the first kids in the class to give one.

Now remember that this is first grade. By winter break the kids were supposed to be reading at a level 10-12 and end June at the end of the school year they are supposed to be reading at a level 20-22.

Back in September Keithen was assessed at a level 40 and the report card he brought home just last week listed him at a level 44. (So that means 4 months into 4th grade.) The book he is doing his report on is The Miserable Mill (book 4 in The Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket. I found it listed on the internet as a level 62.

Keithen and I have worked hard together yesterday and today to find pictures to put on his poster and to talk through the book and pick out what the most important points were. He has notecards all prepared but still needs to do some work on his poster tonight and then practice saying it all out loud. This project came at a really good time because he had said he was getting a little bored with school. This has been something that he can run off on his own with and work at his own level. I really think that he should be able to impress everyone tomorrow when he does his presentation. He's worked very hard on it and I think he's excited about doing it.


  • At 5:52 PM, January 16, 2006 , Blogger Anne said...

    yay for great reading skills! I think it is excellent that you are so involved and encouraging Keithen. That's just cool. and so important! I've been meaning to pick up those lemony snicket stories. are they as good as they seem?

  • At 10:09 PM, January 16, 2006 , Blogger Sara said...

    We love those Lemony Snicket books, and reading to our kids. Sounds like you do, too. There are so many great books for kids that I can't wait to read. Sometimes I want to make a room in my apartment into a library. If only I had the room.

  • At 8:50 AM, January 17, 2006 , Blogger dakotablueeyes said...

    i always hated oral reports lol. Let us know how he does.

  • At 10:01 AM, January 17, 2006 , Blogger ydmama said...

    Just curious, does the parent play a very important role once the kid is in school? For us who grow up in other countries, i am afraid that it is not that easy to keep up with the kids on some respect, especially in reading. And i heard that it is a complete different system to learn math here from what we were taught in China. What if we mess the kids up by helping them?

  • At 2:20 PM, January 17, 2006 , Blogger Carissa said...

    So far he seems to really be enjoying the LS books. I know his older cousins have read all of them and I think that has helped spark his interest. He got several of them for Christmas, so we'll see how long he sticks with them.


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