Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kees' Homework

Yesterday Kees came home with his homework and included in the packet was an assignment to make a character card.  The instructions were as follows....

"You can use this activity to strengthen your child's reading comprehension skills.  After reading together, have your child complete this card to tell about a character from the story.  It's like a baseball card.  Your child draws a picture of the character on one side and writes information on the other. Some of the blanks will require your child to fill in information on the other.  Some of the blanks will require your child to fill in information stated in the story.  This is literal comprehension.  Your child may fill in other blanks by making inferences - using what he or she knows about the character and then making a sensible guess.  Together, these skills help children gain a fuller understanding of what they read."

The book Kees chose was a photo book that I put together 5 years ago.  Our friend, Nancy Slack, invited us to join her and her husband, Dave in Niagra on the Lake, Ontario for Dave's 50th birthday.  It was a surprise for Dave.  Nancy joked the whole time telling everyone that it was Dave's 60th birthday.  It was mid December so it was VERY snowy and cold.  As a matter of fact, we ended up staying an extra day due to our airport being closed. We had a wonderful time wine tasting, eating out and going to the spa.  It was a winter wonderland and the town was as "Norman Rockwell" as you can imagine.  It was all decked out for Christmas with swags, wreaths and twinkling lights everywhere.  We all had a great time. 

Upon completion of the "story" this is what Kees gleaned from book.

I laughed so hard I was crying!  That kid is hilarous.