|At school drop-off today, looking cheerful with all thoughts of the grammar crisis firmly behind her, in yesterday. And a hat, to calm those unruly curls :-)|
Textbooks. Emma's school doesn't really use them.
Last year (7th grade), Emma did have a sort of Pre-Algebra math text book. It was titled something like "Core Connections", and this is the way it works: the kids get together in groups and teach themselves how to do the math. (Okay, honestly I don't get how that works, but I've not been in the classroom to see it.) Then their homework involves practice problems from the book. However, if you were stuck on a homework problem, because you weren't brave enough to speak up when you didn't understand something the rest of the group appeared to during class, or, say, if your parent was trying to help and wanted to know what the actual learning objective was, there was no section of the book that actually presented you with information on the concept, or showed you how to do the problems. Yes, that's right. NO explanation. Rob and I were both so confused by that book, and the whole process didn't really work for Emma. Lucky for her, Emma's father is a math teacher.
This year she was presented with a choice. She could use the Core Connections textbook and work with a group as she did last year, or she could get the regular Algebra I textbook and listen to a lecture by her teacher. She chose the second alternative. For the first couple of weeks she seemed honestly amazed that learning math could be so straight-forward. Apparently a grammar textbook is in order as well, and will be purchased as soon as our grammar-teaching friend recommends a good one.
In between academic crises, she is learning to skateboard. This is fun because it involves me getting a latte and reading on the park bench while she works on balance and speed. Seems like a good combination to me.
|I texted this photo to her (taken when she was trying on that sweater at the store) to remind her that she's a long-legged beauty who is just temporarily taller than the males of the species.|