Yesterday I finally made the dreaded phone call to the school about setting up a meeting with the staff to find out where my little miss will get placed in public school next year. I was so nervous to call, but I am so glad I did as I got some amazing news! The elementary school where we live is one of the best in the state (which I knew already), and they are currently transitioning into a new curriculum style that basically does away with grades. Students are grouped in tiers, which incorporate different grades, and each student learns based on the level they are at in a particular subject. So you can have kids of all ages in one math class if they are all on the same academic level. This is amazing news for me as it means that no matter what, my kiddo will be at an appropriate level for where she is academically. Cue me breathing a HUGE sigh of relief. She will be in the K-2nd grade ‘tier’, and will attend the appropriate classes based on her assessment testing at the beginning of the school year. There is a little bit of a hiccup in that because of her age (5), I can’t register as a first grader without approval from the superintendent. So I am waiting to hear back on that. But, even if I have to register her as a kindergartner, that is okay because her testing will place her appropriately. To sum up – YAY!!
Home school is still going along great! We just did a huge color study unit learning all about the primary and secondary colors, how they mix, and even touched on how light is a combination of all the colors. Last week we kicked off a large section of review work since we are now in the final leg of the school season. We’re going over lots of of the big concepts that are a focus of kindergarten along with progressing in reading and math. It’s been great!
The April Kiwi Crate, while still fun, was our least favorite so far. It held the least interest for my daughter, and I thought provided the least skills and knowledge building. However, it did still provide a lot of fun!
The theme was ‘Magic’ and it included a wand, felt, glue, metallic markers, components to make a ‘magic box’ and a few other trick components as well.
My kiddo really enjoyed the first trick which was to ‘magically’ make the confetti jump to your magic wand (via building a static charge by rubbing it with the felt piece first!) We then discussed static electricity as the cause, and she caught on right away and compared it to how a balloon sticks to your head when you rub it!
The second trick had less success – in theory you charge the wand with the felt piece to build up a static charge, then put it near the edge of the plastic cup which will in turn, wiggle the toothpick. She couldn’t get it to work at all, and then I tried and hardly got a wiggle. I don’t know if the plastic was too thick?
The next few tricks involved the ‘magic box’ which we assembled, but she wasn’t too interested in the tricks. However, she adored decorating the magic box! She’d never used metallic markers before and was thrilled with how shiny they were. They were her favorite part of the box, and she’s still using them to color!
So far, this is the only Kiwi Crate we haven’t absolutely LOVED so I’m still super pleased with my subscription. Can’t wait to see what the next box brings! While I am an affiliate of Kiwi Crate, this box was purchased with my own money, and the review is my own honest opinion. As an affiliate, the links in this post are affiliate links. All income from affiliate links covers costs here on the blog!