Well, the weather yesterday wasn’t anything like my Weather Channel app predicted. Instead of severe storms all afternoon, it was beautiful sunshine. Thanks for nothing, Weather Channel app. So, even though my nutrition class and 5k prep wasn’t canceled, I went to Jacob’s curriculum night at his middle school.

I’m at middle school!

Jacob is my little smart guy, and I am very proud of him. He is taking all advanced classes, meaning they teach the 7th grade curriculum rather than the 6th grade curriculum. I told him just don’t come to me for help on your homework. Just kidding! I used to tutor reading and math at Kumon so I’m not so shabby myself.

Some interesting school things:

  • Neither of my kids (kindergarten and 6th grade) have ever gotten letter grades (A,B,C,D,F). Instead they get number grades (1,2,3,4,5), but the school stresses that these numbers don’t correlate with the letter grades. For example, a 5 doesn’t equal an A. Rather, all kids should be getting 3’s on their report card because it means they are understanding all the material and are right where they should be.
  • Homework is no longer being graded. Yes, you read that right. They are still being assigned homework that needs to be completed, but it’s not figured into their final grade. The principal said it’s like practice. You’re practicing learning the new material, so why be penalized of you don’t understand it? He used the analogy of a sports game – you practice and practice, but the only thing that really matters is whether you win or lose the game. I’m on the fence about this one. That means that their grade is based solely on quizzes and tests, and not everyone does the best on tests even when they know the material.

We also checked out the fitness center at the middle school, and one of the gym teachers turned out to be someone who Danny went to high school with. Isn’t that funny. Someone you went to high school with is now teaching your kid. I wonder if makes him feel old?

And Danny also went to high school with Jaden’s nurse from his allergy doctor. Small world. But not really because we live near where Danny grew up and went to high school.

The fitness center at Jacob’s school is just as nice as the fitness center at my gym. And they can join a fitness club and work out after school for only $5 a year. How do I get in on that deal?

Finally, we stopped by the book fair. I am big on encouraging children to read. I think it’s important to let them read what they enjoy so that they don’t dislike reading. If they want to read comic books and the sports section, let them! I always let my kids pick out books at the book fair or order them from the book club flyers that they bring home. I let them pick out books at the library and once in a while, we go to the book store so that they can get a new book.

Jacob loves to read and will read anything he can get his hands on – books, the dictionary, medical books, the comics, magazines, my running magazines, cereal boxes, etc. I know that not all kids like to read, but I think it’s important to be encouraging about reading.

Yesterday’s Dinner

The curriculum night went from 6:30 to 8:30 pm last night, and my dad watched the kids. I knew that I wouldn’t have time to eat dinner at home, so I packed a salad to eat at my dad’s house when we went to pick the kids up. It was one of the best salads that I’ve had in a while.

I made a salad with the smoked salmon that I bought at the grocery store the other day. My salad also included: romaine lettuce, red onion, carrots, cucumbers, red pepper, and I used hummus as dressing. Using the hummus as dressing was delicious!

Today’s Workout

  • 3.25 miles outside
  • Step Class – 40 minutes

Well, today’s run didn’t go as well as I hoped. I ran the first two miles okay, but even though I wore my calf sleeves, my right calf really started to tighten up and hurt.

So, I ended up walking/jogging the last mile. I have been to a doctor and a physical therapist about my calves. The doctor diagnosed me with compartment syndrome a while back, which basically means that my muscle is too tight in its sheath. He said the only way to fix it was surgery to cut the sheath open and relieve the pressure. I told him thanks, but no thanks.

After my run, it was only 9:30am, and I ran near my gym so I decided to go inside and join the last 40 minutes of step class. I missed the first 20 minutes but that’s okay because I am not the most coordinated on the step.

By the time I got home, I was hungry, so I made breakfast – scrambled egg whites with spinach and red onion, toast with peanut butter, and grapes.

I’m thinking about going on a bike ride this afternoon, but we’ll see! Have a great day – only one more day until Friday!

Questions of the day:

  • Do your kids get letter grades? How were your grades when you were younger?
  • Are you a good test taker?
  • Do you like to read?
  • Any plans for today? Workouts?


Filed under Breakfast, Dinner, Fitness, Working Out

9 Responses to A,B,C,1,2,3

  1. Yep–this is my first year teaching where I’m not “grading” homework. I check it in, to keep tabs on who’s using the homework to practice, but I don’t grade it. It’s interesting–but I can see why. In high school math, the students have the solutions, so why should I grade it? Instead, I grade in-class assignments and assessments. It gives me much more accurate feedback than stuff they completed outside of class.

  2. I love to read and I think I have instilled that in my kiddos as well, at least I hope so!
    As for math, that will be where my husband comes in. I was always in Honors English but math I always struggled with.

  3. Amy

    That fitness center is super nice for being in a school

  4. No kids here, but I always had letter grades.

  5. I had letter grades. I went to V’s night tonight

  6. susie

    I love to read but reading always came easy for me. I learned that some kids process the written word better and some kids process visual images better. If you can figure out which one is your kids strong point, they have more success in school.

  7. My daughter has a lazy left eye and it’s affecting her ability to learn how to read. It’s frustrating and we’re working with it. Sadly, she’s about the age that they just now figure out how bad the eye is because it’s a telling sign when the kid can’t learn to read. 🙁 I’m always jealous when I read about other kids loving to read. I hope D finds that out for herself, soon!

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