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Saturday School

Believe it or not, the kids come voluntarily.  Fifty-one 5th graders showed up this morning for a half a day of math.  We’ve done this 3 Saturdays in a row.  We aren’t teaching anything new, just reinforcing what they’ve already learned.  

The thing is, our 5th graders are smokin’ hot.  They’re ready for the test, and they don’t need any more pressure — but we’re locked into these Saturday classes, because we signed up for them, and signed the kids up.  So — right now I have 12 fifth graders in my classroom playing Yahtzee.  I am talking to them about probability and ratio while they play.  Mostly they are ignoring me and having fun — as it should be.

Today the kids will rotate between 4 different classrooms.  They will play three different math games, and a reading game.  This is our last Saturday class.  The big nasty test starts Tuesday.  I think they’re ready. 

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Sounds like you have another busy day ahead of you. Hope tonight is a more restful night for you. Take a cat with you and cuddle to the purrs. Sometimes it helps

  2. If you say they’re ready Quilly I believe you, but good luck to them all anyway. I love playing Yahtzee, I’m going to put it back on my computer now you’ve reminded me about it. Just not sure when I’ll have the time to play it though!

  3. Bazza, you may not play Yahtzee instead of blogging. Understood?

    Silver — they don’t have to come. It is purely volunteer.

    Polona — thanks, I need it, but the kids are ready.

  4. Gooooood for them! This is great! Now… what happens to your Saturday Sunday School when you’re teaching Saturday Saturday School?

  5. Melli — I am the Director of Sidewalk Sunday School, and I usually do teach the lesson each week, but I work with a whole group of wonderful volunteers. They have stepped up to fill my vacancy and have done a great job of it, I promise.

  6. I can’t imagine coming to school WILLINGLY on a Saturday, but am glad it’s there for the kids that want to – and maybe don’t have anywhere else to go. That’s great. And Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  7. Dr. John — they were having a good time. They liked the other Ms. A’s room best. She had 8 PlayStation2’s with competitive math games. One was on angles, one was on graphing coordinates and one was simple multiplication and division.

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