Today was Lana's theme gathering.
This past month, they've been studying space,
and I have been astounded at how much Lana has learned.
She can name the planets in order,
tell their position from the sun,
list interesting facts about each planet,
explain the difference between revolving and rotating
and explain how that influences day and night.
It was really enjoyable this afternoon to sit with the rest of the parents
as their class showed up some of the learning games and songs they've been doing in class,
and each child got to share their favorite work from the month.
Love Lana's dear teacher.
Showing us what it means to rotate and revolve:
They showed us their Jumping Planets game.
I do have to point out that my girl has ups!
One of the goals of the monthly theme gathering is for students to have a chance to practice standing in front of a group of adults and briefly talking. They do this by choosing their favorite work from the month and telling us about it.
Lana chose a watercolor of some of the planets that she had done:
One of the benefits of having a monthly gathering like this is that I get to see my girl interacting with her peers. This allows me the opportunity to authentically assess her strengths and weaknesses as they relate to her peers.
Today I learned that one of her strengths is that she is very engaged with her teacher, and that she is motivated by competition. I learned that one of her weaknesses is that she's bossy. (I do believe that trait could be learned and/or inherited in her case. Whoops.) I am grateful for this because it gives me a way to talk to her about it. I knew that she was probably kind of bossy in her class, but I can usually only talk to her about it in generalities. Today I was able to talk to her about it specifically, gently giving her examples of when she was bossing her friends ("No, don't sit right there!" "It's not time for that yet!" "Oh, your work is over there, don't forget it."), and give her ideas for how that might make her friends feel, along with giving her ways to be a better friend.