Archive for August, 2009

What school means this week

Posted in kids with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2009 by simpleheresy

We four are sick with the ‘back to school cold.’  Yech… our noses are alternately faucets and plugs.  Ew.

Keeker wants to join everything they offer at school.  I limited her to two after school activities.  She chose Drama team and 4-H.  But forgot her drama tryout permission slip and that was a dramatic production in and of itself!  She had wanted to be in the student council but all the job descriptions I provided had, “too much writing” for her taste.  She’s got one side of a math wkst, 15 minutes (min) reading plus log and one spelling sheet to complete as homework Monday-Thursday.  She doesn’t like to do it that way though.  She’ll do the math every day, Spelling on Monday and Tues then reading on Wed and Fri. Her teacher just wants it completed by Friday morning so I guess that’s ok.  But it makes more sense to me, to do one of each, daily.  This is one of those ‘gotta let it go’ kind of decisions.  She can do it her own way and do just fine.  I suppose…

Fish wants to keep cows for 4-H.  I tried to explain our space constraints but I don’t think he was convinced.  hahaha  Hopefully I can sway him to sheep.  He could have two ewes.  They’d even help mow!  He got to get a prize out of the treasure chest day before yesterday.  It’s a reward/incentive for good behavior.  Then yesterday he got a “Best Helper” sticker.  Or something like that.  I asked who got to go to the treasure box and he said no one.  I guess you can’t go 2 days in a row… even if you are the best helper!  He really wanted to carry a cold lunch to school because then he won’t have to wait in line and he’ll be able to go out and play sooner.  So today both kids took lunches.  We’ll see what happens!

There is an elementary dance this Friday evening and both kids are excited about going.  I wonder if they’ll dance the hokey pokey??

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My Oh My How Plans Do Change

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2009 by simpleheresy

After all the planning and preparation we moved household and enrolled the kids in school.  No explanations, no excuses, it’s a long l-o-n-g story.  Suffice it to say they are in… and so far so good.

Keek and Fish started school on my birthday. They both are at the top of their classes and enjoy the new found friends. They ride the bus so I walk, to and from the stop, every day.

Keek’s teacher is just wonderful. Her classroom is full of Einstein, Emerson and Waldorf-esque quotes and contains a sizable in class library with all the classics and comfy couch. She has a 4 month old baby who she leaves the class to nurse 3x daily.  (Xcellent way to teach by example!!!)  Mrs. Roberts sits with the class during these nurse breaks and seems to know an awe full lot about animals.  Keek does complain that there is too much writing but her wrist will gain strength and the complaints will stop soon enough. She’s been passing out her phone number and collected some from the other girls in her class. Girls will be girls! Keek says math is so so easy… “Because, Mom, fractions are just cooking and I love to cook!”

Fish’s teacher is nice and good with children. I would prefer someone a little more educated and refined but he is little and she is gentle. She does like him though! According to Fish he gets to help her do things and helps the other children learn to read, because he’s the best! Or so he tells me… They watch a movie every day and only get 15 minutes of computer time twice a week. Not the way I think first grade ought to be, sounds more like KG. Oh well…. we still learn here at home and Fish says, “I’m not too bored because I get to help out so much.”  He also has three new “real friends” and many “half friends.”  He’s explained to me that ‘half friends’ are nice guys and girls but not his favorites.

Both children enjoy the school library, PE and Art and the new playground the school installed this summer. Getting up early is not so much fun but both are stirring by the time I get in there to wake them. They enjoy the school lunches and riding the bus too.

Until next time… Stay green and keep the peace!