Friday, April 23, 2010

grades.. revisited

still the reluctant learner and cooperative only when installed in my lap so close that it sucks the life force from my pores.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Academic Testing

Reporting Category
Date Test Name Objective 1: Numbers, Operations, and Quantitative Reasoning Objective 2: Patterns, Relationships, and Algebraic Reasoning Objective 3: Geometry and Spatial Reasoning Objective 4: Measurement Objective 5: Probability and Statistics Objective 6: Mathematical Processes and Tools Total
# Score # Score # Score # Score # Score # Score # Score Grade
2:12 PM
TAKS Math Benchmark 1 8 100% 4 100% 5 100% 4 100% 3 100% 6 83.3% 30 96.7% CP
10:59 AM
TAKS Math Benchmark 2 8 100% 4 100% 5 60% 4 100% 3 100% 6 66.7% 30 86.7% CP

Reading Benchmarks

Reporting Category
Date Test Name Objective 1: Basic Understanding Objective 2: Applying Knowledge of Literary Elements Objective 3: Using Strategies to Analyze Objective 4: Applying Critical-Thinking Skills Total
# Score # Score # Score # Score # Score Grade
10:56 AM
TAKS Reading Benchmark 1 13 61.5% 6 66.7% 5 40% 6 50% 30 56.7% D
4:51 AM
TAKS Reading Benchmark 2 13 100% 6 100% 5 20% 6 83.3% 30 83.3% CP
10:43 AM
TAKS Reading Benchmark 3 13 61.5% 6 83.3% 5 100% 6 50% 30 70% M

Monday, April 19, 2010

Health class

we watched Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. scary stuff going on out there in the schools.
Every time I pick up my 1/2 pint, I just cringe at how thin he is. A good gust of wind would just blow him into the next county. I checked the CDC and he is 2 lbs into the healthy list, WHO, reaffirms that he is not going to blow away with the next wind but it still just makes me uneasy. Yes, I am not happy unless I have 38 things to worry about, so this is number 18. He eats to live, not lives to eat, so that is a good thing. He does go down to the kitchen to eat, not mindlessly stuffs his face while he is glued to the TV. He does make some fairly healthy choices, milk and dairy, followed by fruits and then 'some' proteins and 'veggies'. His dad reassures me that whole wheat bread has some protein in it, but I am reluctant to agree.

You have input the following:

Your sex is male
Your height is 56.0 in., or 142.3 cm.
Your weight is 64.0 lb., or 29.1 kg.
Your birthdate is 06/27/2001, so your age is 8 years 10 months.

Your Results

Your height is 94th percentile

That means you are 94th in height compared to 100 kids your age and sex.

Your weight is 60th percentile

That means you are 60th in weight compared to 100 kids your age and sex.

Your Body Mass Index is 14.4, which is the 11th percentile

That means that your BMI is 11th compared to 100 kids your age and sex.

You are neither underweight nor overweight according to health experts*. Your weight is in the healthy range for your height and age.

The healthy weight range for your height and age is 62 to 82 pounds (28 to 37 kilograms). This range corresponds to a BMI between the 5th and 85th percentiles for your age and sex.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Garden from Compost

first we throw the thatch in a fresh box, then we open the kitchen window and throw out the scraps: pineapple, banana, apple, orange, grapefruit, potato, coffee ground, egg shells, peas, carrots, green beans, onions, bell peppers, tomato, corn, avocado, and oat tree leaves, squash, pumpkins, cantaloupe...
once it has been turned and turned and turned, we plant right in it, here we have pumpkins that came up naturally and one avocado. we planted tomato and lettuce seeds, they are 4 weeks old here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder

Good news... Your frustration and confusion about your child - who may have Sensory Processing Disorder - is almost over!

Finally!... A thorough explanation and a name for the behaviors and developmental concerns that exist - which seemed almost impossible to understand or cope with.

When parents first find out about sensory processing disorders, their reaction usually comes as: a "flash", a "light bulb moment", the "Aha!", "So that explains it!", "Oh, so now I understand!", "Why didn't someone tell me about this years ago?"

1. Hypersensitivity To Touch (Tactile Defensiveness)

__ resists friendly or affectionate touch from anyone besides parents or siblings (and sometimes them too!)

__ dislikes kisses, will "wipe off" place where kissed

__ prefers hugs

__ a raindrop, water from the shower, or wind blowing on the skin may feel like torture and produce adverse and avoidance reactions

__ may overreact to minor cuts, scrapes, and or bug bites

__ resists brushing teeth and is extremely fearful of the dentist

__ avoids touching certain textures of material (blankets, rugs, stuffed animals)

__ refuses to wear new or stiff clothes, clothes with rough textures, turtlenecks, jeans, hats, or belts, etc.

__ is a picky eater, only eating certain tastes and textures; mixed textures tend to be avoided as well as hot or cold foods; resists trying new foods

__ complains about having hair brushed; may be very picky about using a particular brush

__ excessively ticklish

__ distressed about having face washed

__ distressed about having hair, toenails, or fingernails cut

3. Poor Tactile Perception And Discrimination:

__ may be afraid of the dark

__ continues to mouth objects to explore them even after age two

1. Hypersensitivity To Movement (Over-Responsive):

__ may physically cling to an adult they trust

__ may have disliked being placed on stomach as an infant

__ bites or sucks on fingers

1. Hypersensitivity To Sounds (Auditory Defensiveness):

__ fearful of the sound of a car wash, cafeteria noise, classroom noise, car radio too loud

__ frequently asks people to be quiet; i.e., stop making noise, talking, or singing

__ runs away, cries, and/or covers ears with loud or unexpected sounds

Social, Emotional, Play, And Self-Regulation Dysfunction:


__ prefers playing by self with objects or toys rather than with people

__ does not seek out connections with familiar people


__ difficulty accepting changes in routine (to the point of tantrums)

__ gets easily frustrated

__ functions best in small group or individually

__ variable and quickly changing moods; prone to outbursts and tears

__ prefers to play on the outside, away from groups, or just be an observer

__ difficulty appropriately making needs known


__ difficulty with imitative play (over 10 months)

__ wanders aimlessly without purposeful play or exploration (over 15 months)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Going Green

Head North:
Allstar Recycling Center
32331 State Highway 249
Pinehurst, TX 77362
(281) 356-3399
Mon-Fri: 8-5 / Sat:9-3

On our Way to Pick Strawberries

King's Orchard
11282 County Road 302
Plantersville, TX 77363-8061
(936) 894-2766

or head south

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Decoupage Easter Eggs

Actually I think that Magnus likes the 'playing' with his 'pod' more than the art club projects themselves.