100 days…

100 days ago this little guy started kindergarten. 100 days ago he had never been on a school bus, or eaten lunch in a cafeteria. He didn’t know any spanish. 100 days seems like such a short amount of time – but it’s a long time when you’re 6 years old.

He has been talking about this special day for so long. (The teachers did a great joy of hyping this up and getting the kids excited) Everything was 100. From his glasses and crown, to the snacks they counted and ate. He came home beaming. It was better than he could’ve imagined.

Oh, to be six again.

Parent/Teacher Conferences…

I find it reassuring when I attend parent/teacher conferences and I come to realize that the teachers truly know my children. Not just their names, siblings they’ve previously had or their test scores, but really know them: Their likes and dislikes, what makes them tick, what motivates them, who their close friends are, how they socialize with others, what they could use help with.

I walked into conferences this week and fell in love with our teachers all over again because they knew my kids. They know that Hunter is playful and likes to joke around and they dish it back to them. They know that Bennett is a rule follower and look to him to lead in the class and they love his wit and humor. They know Cannon is tender and loves to help others and give him opportunities to do so.

Yes, we talked of their education and how well they’re doing in class, but the conferences seemed to be less about how they’re doing as students and more about how they’re doing as humans. They really know and love our children and there is nothing better than feeling of someone’s love for your kid.

We have hit the teacher jackpot!

Bennett’s Writings…

Every day at school Bennett has these quick paragraphs where he answers a prompt. (meant to get thoughts on paper every morning without editing) I get a kick out of some of the things he writes .

One prompt asked what he would do if he was 100 feet tall. The paragraph started out fairly normal before things started sounding familiar – as if I had heard this story. It then dawned on me that the second half of his paragraph was describing the intro video they play at the ASU Football games where Sparky (the mascot) looks to be 100 feet tall compared to the small city he’s walking through on his way to the stadium. In the background, there’s a giant haboob (yes, thats a real word – google it!) and Sparky smashes the opponents bus as he enters the stadium. Most of that made it into his paragraph! 🙂

This writing was fun as well. He really does love Idaho and he really loves my brother’s property. And I realized he’s writing so fast he didn’t even spell his middle name correct!

Our Charming 5th Grader…

We had Hunter’s curriculum night at his school. He dressed up for the occasion (the whole class did) and was my tour guide around the classroom.

I found this paper exceptionally charming. One of things you need to know about Hunter – “I’ve lived in the same house for eight years. We’ve redone about two fifths of our house and redid our front yard.”

Two fifths? That’s all the credit he’s going to give me? We only have two bathrooms, one bedroom and a laundry room left – that means I’m well over four fifths!! I keep forgetting to ask how he came up with that number!?

Don’t forget it’s important to know he had athlete’s foot in first grade, Hallie threw up on him and he went to the same preschool as his annoying brothers. When asked about his annoying brothers, he said they had to use so many adjectives and that’s what he landed on. Makes sense for a fifth grade boy!

All about me…Bennett…

He is my third, 3rd grader and this is the 3rd time we’ve made an “all about me” poster.

Bennett doesn’t require much supervision on his homework, he just goes to work. However, when projects are assigned he wants to talk through each step and make sure he’s got it all. The only problem I have with this is he wants to do a whole project like this 10 minutes after he gets home on the first day it was assigned to him – regardless of having a week and a half to work on it.

He’s learned to be patient with me as I’m trying to help everyone with their homework and after school needs. And I’ve learned he needs the time and attention. We’ve found our middle ground; we break the project into parts and we set aside blocks of time to complete them across multiple days – and you better believe he holds me to that schedule!

Although he came up with this idea on his own, he needed help locating pictures and picking up his poster board. The rest is all him.

Here’s a list of his favorites:
Color: Red
Animal: Gorilla
Restaurant: Taco Bell
Movie: Spiderman into the Spider Verse
Food: Burrito Bowls
Sport: Basketball
Book: Stink