Goddess Girls Book 7: Artemis the Loyal

This week I have been reading a book called Artemis the Loyal by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, a book from the Goddess Girls series.

It’s the Annual Olympic Games at Mount Olympus Academy and Artemis and her friends are not happy-especially her. Even though she’s better at sports than most of the godboys, she won’t have a chance of winning anything because the Games are boys only. No fair! Artemis tries to persuade Zeus to let the girls in to, but he won’t agree. Even worse, some of the competitors are annoying giants, she starts to feel something about a mortal boy named Actaeon, and her twin brother Apollo thinks she’s really annoying and acts like she’s his mom. In the end, though, things turn out better.

I thought that this was a really good book, it was interesting, and I really like reading about greek myths/gods and goddesses. My favourite character is Athena, because she’s the smart one and she’s Zeus’ daughter! I also like Aphrodite, because she looks really pretty. One of my favourite parts of the book was when Apollo was challenging with Python, who will ask 2 questions and you have to answer them correctly, if you do, then you win! Apollo researched about paradoxes, which is likea verbal puzzle. A statement that seems true, yet wen you try and reason it out, it no longer makes sense. Apollo did that to the snake, and the snake got very dizzy and gave up. It went like this:

Python: I know your weakness. You’re the boy who can never tell a lie.

Apollo: Then maybe you should think about this before you ask your next question: What I am saying now is a lie.

Python: It does not make sense! If what you just said is true, and I know you to be the godboy of truth, then you were lying, even though your statement was true. But if your words were a lie, then you were not actually lying, even though your statement was a lie. Thus, if you were lying, you were telling the truth, anf if you were telling the truth, you were lying!

After that, the snake finally gave up and Apollo won a temple!

It’s a really interesting book and it’s sometimes funny. I have read another book in this series, called Aphrodite the Diva, it was a really good book too! I reccomend this book to girls ages 10-12.

One Perfect Pirouette

This week I read a book called One Perfect Pirouette by Sherryl Clark. It was about a girl (Brynna) whose dream was to enter the National Ballet School, but to do that she had to move to Melbourne and learn ballet at a different school. She makes new friends and makes new enemies, and everything goes through well…..except when her father gets hit by a forklift and is close to dying..Brynna goes to visit her dad a lot, and slowly he gets better. In between all that, her brother, Tam, goes back to where they came from because he doesn’t like Melbourne. Also, Brynna practises ballet everyday so that she can learn at the NBS, and sometimes she even practises in the Youth Center with a boy named Ricky! Things turn out fine in the end, her father gets better and she is very close to being accepted in the NBS!

I think this is a great book, it tells people that even if there are a lot of things that aren’t going well, we still have to keep on going and follow your heart and follow your dreams. I wish I could be as good as Brynna, practicing her ballet everyday and never giving up. I can NEVER practise my ballet at home or anywhere else other than the classes because I just don’t have time. I feel very sorry for her family because they all had to go through what happened with Brynna’s father. If that happened to someone in my family, I would feel very sad and give up all my hope of doing anything. But Brynna didn’t do this. She didn’t give up, she kept on going and she finally reached her goal!

The Student Led Learning Review

Today (April 18, 2012) was the SLLR (Student Led Learning Review). It is a day where you come with your parents to school and you talk about your learning and your work, this time we were preparing it all by ourselves. I prepared it for about 1-2 weeks, deciding what I was going to do, preparing the things that I was going to show and making the menu. We had to do activities for French, Art, Math, Literacy, Technology, Unit of Inquiry, Chinese, PE and Performing Arts.

I wasn’t so nervous when I went in because I had done this before for 2 years. I thought that it was quite good because my parents can see how I’m doing and what I’m doing at school. I’m quite proud of what I did because I prepared for this all by myself and I put a lot of effort in it. I wouldn’t mind doing this again, it was a good experience. I kind of thought it wouldn’t be so good but now it is over and I feel fine.

Here is what my mom thinks: I am very impressed about how much my daughter has learnt from school and the effort she has put it. The video of her speeches are very useful as a training tool. The way her teacher taught her persuasive writing skills is good. Composition of song using the computer application Finale is cool (I like our song)!  French is interesting.

Please keep up the good work!

Now back to me!

So overall I thought that the SLLR was pretty good and even if you are nervous, it’ll turn out fine.