My Specials Learning, March 12

In Chinese I have learned a lot, especially involving tones. I can pronounce pinyin correctly and if I know the word I can usually say the right tones when reading characters. It is hard to remember characters, but I can usually figure the general meaning from the measures words preceding the word. I plan to focus more on characters as I have mostly mastered pinyin but am having a little trouble remembering characters.
I admit I am a below-average artist but I enjoy Art. I have learned how to use proportion in portraits, such as in our self-portrait and Great Ape Portraits, but I have trouble drawing noses using shading. I should concentrate on that and other parts of shading that I am having trouble with.
In Music a real success has been my sight reading. It used to be not very good; I fumbled with notes and the beat, but now I am very confident with my sight-reading ability. I really enjoy music and I really want to learn so I work very hard at it, and I have several ASA's involving music. I am having very little trouble with Music this year.
In PE this year I have certainly learned a lot. In particular the gymnastics and volleyball units I learned tons, such as how to do a really good cartwheel or backward roll, or how to set a volleyball correctly. The only problem I'm having is in arm strength, so I should practice push-ups and the like more often.
has gone just as smoothly as it's always done. The new thing we learned was about the different kinds of communication and how to communicate well. This I had no trouble with, nor with anything else.

My Story of Learning

I have completed my math goal, which was to memorize at least 10/12ths of the 12 times table. I am now able to recite the entire 12s times table, 12 and 7 included, at a very reasonable speed. In other parts of math I am also feeling at least a little satisfied, except for the speed in which it takes me to answer some "raw" questions such as '13 x 47'. Let's see, uh, 611. Anyway, I need to get faster. My next goal will be to get faster in these sorts of problems, though to measure it exactly I wouldn't know.
In reading I have also overshot my goal, which makes me think I may be setting goals that are too easy. My goal for reading is to experience 7 different genres in April, and here in March I have read 15. Also in reading I am content with my vocabulary and spelling, though not in my ability to recognize adverbs. My next goal will be to recognize the adverb in any sentence that contains an adverb in June.
My writing goal was to write a hooking beginning and satisfying endings to the pieces I will write. I think I need a bit more work on this, as my narrative's ending seems weak. So in June, I will look back again.
I think I need to be more organized in Grade 6, so I will focus on that, using binders and stuff like that.
In math, I think a real success has been me learning the algorithm lots of different algorithms that I'd never really understood or used before. I now alternate a lot. It takes up a lot less space. It used to be a real challenge but I concentrated on using it so it got easy. In reading a success was reading different genres. I used to read a lot of only fantasy and not much else, but now I read many different genres. But in reading it's been a really smooth year and I haven't had any big problems. My realistic fiction piece has been a success in writing: I made the reader inference and I used as much description I could that didn't make it tedious; but I had some trouble keeping dialogue out of the story. I was supposed to use as little dialogue as possible, (after all, it was a short story) but it always seemed to creep in. My strategy was to flip around conversation into narrative, such as instead of "'Ungh!'", I said: "He grunted". This seemed to work well enough.

December 8, 2010

1. What is one piece of important learning in reading or writing you have gained this week?

The index is a better place to look for certain information in a non-fiction book than a table of contents.

2. Explain how this has helped you in your reading or writing.

I can find information faster which has helped in both the non-fiction reading and science projects.

3. Explain what the difference is between a common noun and a proper noun.

A common noun is a non-specific, general term while a proper noun is the most specific title you can give something. 'Human' is a common noun, but 'Bob' is the name a specific human and thus is a proper noun. Most proper nouns' first letters are capitalized.