Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's class parties

This afternoon was filled with Valentine's parties in the boys' classes.

In Brett's class, the kids had made boxes to hold their Valentines that were simple machines. Brett's was very simple compared to what some of the other kids did.

This little girls made her box into a Humvee.
You put the Valentines in the sunroof.

This was a lion robot.
You put the cards in his mouth.

This was Brett's. We made a ramp on
the top of the box and the cards slid in.

During the party, the girls got to make charm bracelets and the boys made candy bracelets.

Brett stringing his bracelet.

The finished product.

Each child also made a handprint keepsake to bring home. They used their handprints to make a heart.

Brett making his handprint.

Brett's handprint keepsake.

Casey's class played candy heart bingo and did a wordsearch made up of the the names of all the kids in the class.

Of course, there was also lots of sweets.

Mmm. Cupcakes.

Going through the valentines--
the best part of the party.

Casey was thrilled to get this Ben 10
Alien Force valentine.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

WSU vs. Missouri State

Tonight we joined some friends for the WSU vs. Missouri State men's basketball game. Dan went to Missouri State, so we tried hard to behave ourselves since we were sitting with some hard-core fans.

It was a close game and WSU won with a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Oh well. Better luck next time.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

WSU Think Pink game

We took the boys to the WSU women's basketball game today. It was their "Think Pink" game to benefit breast cancer awareness. Jeff and Lauryn and Joe and Melissa also joined us.

The kids had fun in the Fun Zone before the game playing on some inflatables.

Casey sliding.

Brett trying out the baseball throw.

The game was pretty good. Unfortunately, the Shockers lost by two. It was something fun to do on a Sunday.

You can see the players on the bench wearing pink.

Casey didn't wear pink, but he
brought a pink stylus for his DS.

Even Wu wore pink.

Lauryn and Casey.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Parent-teacher conferences

Tonight we were treated to good reports from both boys' teachers.

Casey is reading above level and is doing great. One of his most recent projects was writing his numbers to 1,000. He was the first in his class to finish and was rewarded with a can of pop.

One of the projects he showed us was a story he wrote about his "special someone" for Valentine's Day. He chose his dad. It was really very sweet. He said his dad was special because "he loves my mom." That does make him special! :)

Casey and his "special someone" project.

Brett is doing well too. When his teacher showed me everything they will be covering on the upcoming state assessment tests, I couldn't believe it. I didn't remember learning half those things when I was in third grade. His teacher told us it was all due to "No Child Left Behind." Great.

Brett led the first part of his conference with a PowerPoint he created. It even had music, animation and sound effects. It's really amazing how technologically advanced our kids are.

Brett presenting his PowerPoint.

Brett showed us the snowman and poem he created.