Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back to School

We have been back to school for almost two weeks.  The kids are loving it.
 
 
Jared is in 6th grade and he has entered the year with a great teacher and a great attitude.  He also gets to be in band this year. He is playing the French Horn.  So far it just sounds like a French Horn shaped elephant has joined our family.  He did play "Hot Cross Buns" tonight.  I love that he loves music so much. He was studying with a friend yesterday and it was a treat listening to him explain short cuts to unscrambling vocabulary words.  His friend struggles with spelling any way.  Jared would say, "Well you know this is the longest word, so what one would it be?" or he would say, "There is only one word that has a 'd' in it, so which one would it be?" I think it is a good experience for him to be able to help his friend.
 
 
Mia has entered 4th grade and she is often heard telling me how surprised she is that anyone doesn't like her teacher.  When we went to meet her teacher, Mia said, "Dalyn was not very happy when he found out he was in your class." Her teacher said, "I think he is okay with it now." Mia said, "He started to cry about it." I whispered to Mia to stop talking about it.  She just wanted to make sure that her teacher knew, I guess.  Mia got in trouble the other day for doing Origami while her teacher was teaching place value.  When she told me about it, she said, "Well.  I was so bored and it isn't like I was reading a book. I already know place value." I told her that she needed to be respectful and listen and maybe she would learn something. Mia said, "Fine.  But when we study rocks, I am going to tell her that I learned about rocks in second grade!" Her teacher told us to plan on 1 - 1 1/2 hours of homework each  night.  I miss Granite School District where we were told to expect to have 10 minutes per grade for homework.  It might not be so bad though, so far Mia hasn't had more than 20 minutes of homework per night.


Mia loved that a Humming Bird came to check out her sign when we were talking her picture.

 
Gordon entered 2nd grade.  He is loving it! He said that his favorite things about class are that he gets to have a snack every day - because his lunch is last - and that he gets to go to recess.  He did say that his "Worst Enemy" is in his class.  Who knew that a 7 year old had a worst enemy.  I asked how he because Gordon's worst enemy and Gordon said that it was because his worst enemy's friend was mean to one of Mia's friends.  He has such a sweet heart.  Gordon has grown up a lot this past summer.  He acts more like a 7 year old every day.  He likes super heroes and Lego's and has let go of a lot of the "younger" things he used to do.  He is still a snuggler though.  He rushes home each day and does his homework so he can do other things.
 
 
Ellis is still as sweet as ever.  He is loving learning Spanish.  He brought home a paper that said he knows all of his colors in Spanish.  Every day I ask him what he learned and he has a new word for me.  My favorite was when he came home and said, "I learned Benga today!" What he had learned was "viente" which is 20 in Spanish.  I liked him learning Benga better. He got lost on the first day of school.  He was going to the bathroom and the recess bell rang.  Ellis didn't know it was his bell, so he went out to play when he finished.  He started looking around for his friends and realized that he was supposed to be in his classroom.  He went to go in but when the bell rang, the doors locked.  He was crying his little eyes out and walked over to the Kindergarten playground.  He found a teacher and told her that he he didn't know where to go.  She helped him and they got him calmed down.  They showed him the office door that he should go in if he is ever locked out again.  His teacher called and let me know what happened.  If she hadn't called, I wouldn't have even known it happened.  He didn't seem to be too bothered about it when he got home.


These two little boys can't be serious for a picture, especially when it is the first day of school.  They are so much fun to have around. I asked Mia if she could watch out for Ellis on the bus.  She said that she could only some of the time, but not to expect it  all  of the time.  Gordon said he would watch out for him every day.  One the first day of school, it was Mia who noticed that Ellis wasn't on the bus or in the right bus line.  She told the teacher on duty and the teacher went to find Ellis.  Thanks to Mia, Ellis made it home on the bus.


This is Mia's last year in the Elementary School.  She said she was pretty excited to go to Middle School...I am not positive she will be able to get out of bed in time to go.  Next year we will have group pictures with Jared and Mia and then some with Gordon and Ellis.  It is amazing how quickly time goes.