Weekly Memo (October 14-18)

Let him tie his own shoes.

A few weeks before Carson was born, a friend of mine gave me some advice I think of often and was reminded of when talking with our Pre-K teachers this week:

"The best thing I did for my own child was to let him tie his own shoes. He’s going to do it slowly and you’re going to get impatient. But even when you’re in a hurry and you could do it much faster than he can, let him tie his own shoes."

She used shoes in her advice because it was both practical, tangible, and metaphorical— she could have said coats, brushing teeth, packing a lunch, missing the bus, studying for a test, forgetting an assignment at home, talking to a teacher about something, completing a science fair project, working out a conflict with a friend, or anything else kids have to learn to do.

It’s hard to watch a kid "tie his own shoes" sometimes, but there’s no safer place than school to let it happen. At school, the stakes are low and kids have a safety net under them to catch them if they fall.

This week, I saw student tie his/her own shoes (metaphorically). In a nutshell, that student couldn’t find an important paper that was needed for an open-note test. It’s not the first time that it’s happened this year for him/her, but the responses were completely different. The first time involved several public comments about it, lots of worry, a little bit of whining, and even some tears when I told them to find a solution. This time, though, the student handled it much differently. I didn’t even know there was an issue until the student approached me privately with a solution: "Since [so-and-so] isn’t here, could I just use their copy and then put it back when I’m finished?"

Same student, but two completely different approaches and responses to the same problem. I was so proud and responded that I loved the plan!

That moment goes straight to part of our mission at CAC— to partner with parents to provide a distinctively Christian education that inspires excellence, independence, and a transforming faith in God. While the stakes are low and a safety net is place, it’s good for kids to learn to deal with hard things on their own, sometimes figuring out things and sometimes failing in the process— because that’s when we get to really help them learn about life before it’s more than simply "tying their own shoes."

While they may be hard at the moment and I could easily swoop in and "tie a kid’s shoe for him," I’m looking forward to more moments like this throughout the year!

What We’re Learning This Week (if all goes as planned)

*Our weekly plan is organized a little differently this week (see below). I’ll mark each thing we get finished, and you can check back each day to see what we were able to get accomplished (and what we didn’t quite make it to).

Monday (PE/Taekwondo Make-Up Day)
  • Bible
    • Journal
    • Copy Memory Verse
    • Finish pp. 19-20 in Bible Workbook— NOT HW; Will do Tuesday
  • English
    • Voyages 2.6 & 2.7 (Objective and Possessive Pronouns)— HW
    • Narrative Draft #3
    • DRA Testing
  • Math
    • Grade Lesson 28 (several students completed in class on Friday)
    • Lesson 29— HW
  • Social Studies
    • Finish Close Reading Assignment (Age of Discovery)
    • Time for Kids (Close Reading practice)— Tomorrow
  • Spelling
    • List 10 (practice)
  • Reading
    • Journeys "Double Dutch" Vocabulary & Comprehension Quiz
    • Independent Reading

Tuesday (Music)
  • Bible
    • Journal
    • Memory Verse Practice
    • Review the Story of Joseph/Complete Drawing Assignment ✓ (reviewed; did not finish drawing, but not HW)
    • Click here for Review Game https://kahoot.it/challenge/019042
    • Test Tomorrow
  • English
    • Voyages 2.8 ✓ (due tomorrow)
  • Math
    • Grade Lesson 29
    • Lesson 30 ✓ (due tomorrow)
  • Social Studies
    • US Studies Weekly #5— Early Explorers (did not get to today)
  • Spelling
    • List 10 practice (p. 53)
  • Reading
    • Journeys vocab — "Elisa’s Diary" (pp. 138-153)
    • DRA Testing/Writing Responses ✓ (not HW)

Wednesday (No Computer or Music Classes; End of Grading Period; 1:30 dismissal day)
  • Bible
    • Journal
    • Test (The Life of Joseph)
  • English— no grammar
  • Math
    • Grade Lesson 30
    • Pre-Test (Lessons 1-30)
  • Social Studies
    • US Studies Weekly #5— Early Explorers (did not get to)
  • Spelling
    • List 10 practice
  • Reading
    • Journeys— Read & Respond to "Elisa’s Diary" (pp. 138-153)
    • Finish DRA Testing

Thursday (Art; PE/Taekwonastics)
  • Bible
    • Journal
    • Practice Memory Verse
    • God Calls Moses to Lead the People of Israel out of Egypt
  • English
    • Voyages 2.9—Pronouns/Antecedents (Example: Everyone needs to get his or her coat.) (Did not do today)
  • Math
    • Test (Lessons 1-30; Grade will go on 2nd Nine Weeks)
  • Social Studies
    • US Studies Weekly #5— Early Explorers ✓ (Vocab only)
  • Spelling
    • Pre-Test
  • Reading
    • Journeys "Elisa’s Diary" (pp. 138-153)— Theme & Dialogue Practice
    • Independent Reading

Friday (Homecoming Friday; Book Buddies & Library)
  • Bible
    • Journal
    • Memory Verse Test
    • God Calls Moses to Lead the People of Israel out of Egypt
  • English
    • Parts of Speech Test Review— Nouns & Pronouns; Subjects & Verb
  • Math
    • Go over Test
    • No Homework
  • Social Studies
    • US Studies Weekly #5— Early Explorers (Did not get to)
  • Spelling
    • Test (if necessary)
  • Reading
    • Journeys Comprehension & Vocabulary Quiz
    • Independent Reading

This Week’s Memory Verse
"By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh."
Hebrews 11:24

This Week’s Spelling List
Printable version—
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Spelling List— Lesson Ten
  1. brain
  2. main
  3. favorite
  4. stranger
  5. sidewalk
  6. slide
  7. bowling
  8. owner
  9. whole
  10. globe
  11. claim
  12. complain
  13. aliens
  14. vacation
  15. survive
  16. crime
  17. arrow
  18. snowball
  19. antelope
  20. slope

This Week’s Tests & Quizzes
  • Wednesday
    • Bible Test (Life of Joseph)
    • Math Pre-Test (completed and graded in class)
  • Thursday
    • Spelling Pre-Test
    • Math Test (Lessons 1-30)
  • Friday
    • Parts of Speech Test— Nouns & Pronouns; Subjects & Verbs (Did not get to review Thursday so test will be Monday)
    • Spelling Test (if necessary)
    • Memory Verse Test
    • Journeys Comprehension & Vocab Test

Upcoming Projects
  • On Thursday, our class helped pack over 200 bags for our Haiti Mustang Missions project! They were awesome!

Chapel This Week
Friday, October 18
  • Song— Hayden Gregory
  • Scripture— Jude Monan
  • Prayer— Carson Collier

Safety Patrol Rotation

Important Dates & Upcoming Events
  • Monday, October 14
    • Homecoming Dress-Up Day: Sleeping Beauty Day (pajamas)
  • Tuesday, October 15
    • Homecoming Dress-Up Day: You’ve got a friend in me Day (students may dress as Buzz (space) or Woody (cowboy)
  • Wednesday, October 16
    • Homecoming Dress-Up Day: Surf vs. Turf (Hawaiian or Greaser)
    • End of 1st Grading Period
    • Early Dismissal (1:30 PM)
  • Thursday, October 17
    • Homecoming Dress-Up Day: Favorite Disney Character
  • Friday, October 18
    • Homecoming Dress-Up Day: Purple & Gold (no wigs or face paint)
  • Monday, October 21
  • Monday, October 28
    • Family Fall Fest (5:00-6:30 PM)

Resource of the Week

Every Kid is ONE Caring Adult Away from Being a Success Story— Josh Shipp

Helpful Links

Classroom Resource Page (for class schedule, safety patrol rotation, textbooks, etc.)

Google Classroom (students may access this from their Google drive account)

Class ShowMe Page (video tutorials)