Daddy joins Emily
at kindergarten today! Emily introduces him to the class and they practice
their interviewing skills by asking him LOTS of questions! They talk about
bones today, and how they support our bodies. To demonstrate the concept
of "support," Mrs. Cameron stacks up some blocks, then takes
out the "supporting" one so they all fall down. Emily says,
"You know what makes that happen? Gravity!" 11/7
Emily is participating in a Pizza Hut reading incentive at school--if
she reads a book for every day of the month, she will get a coupon for
a free little pizza. If she reads a book a day for 6 months, she gets
a pizza every month and medal from Pizza Hut at the end. Of course Em
had no problem filling in her days for October, and today, with no school
for Veteran's Day, we spent the morning at the zoo and then stopped at
Pizza Hut for lunch on the way home. Em got a little plastic card on a
clip to keep track of her monthly rewards and was quite pleased with herself.
Her November chart is 2/3rds done already! 11/11
Emily participated in an assembly today at school to mark the students'
progress on their Million Word campaign--this is a project where every
kid in the DPS system tries to read or listen to a million words during
the school year (Em's pizza books count towards this!) Emily had a chance
to stand on the stage with the other kids to show that she was "on
her way" to her goal. 11/03
Emily is learning about the history of the Native American culture in
school, and is very impressed by the fact that the Indians rode bareback
and that they invented snowshoes! 11/03
When I say that I'm tired, Emily likes to give me "hard math"
to do in my head, since I told her one time that I had to be very awake
to do math! She will say, "What's 8 times 15?" and giggles while
I say, "Um, um, 8 x10 is 80, and, um, 8 x 5 is 40, so, um, that's
120." Anyway, she has become interested in doing "times"
herself, so I told her how to think of it (2 times 3 is 2 sets of 3 things)
and showed her how to do it on her fingers if she got stuck. Now she likes
ME to give HER "hard math" in the car! AND, one night when she
was asking for some "hard math" after dinner, Bill gave her
6 + 7. Em realized right away, "I can't do it on my fingers!"
So I said, "Do you want to borrow some of mine?" She said, "No,
I want to do it in my head." Then she said, "6 + 6 is 12, and
one more is 13." Bill and I practically threw her a party we were
so proud of her problem solving!!!! 11/03
Em and I FINALLY finished "The
Knight at Dawn," the second book in the Magic Tree House series.
Em is already looking forward to the next one! 11/15
After we wash her hair in the bath, Emily likes to tip her head waaaaaaaay
back to see how far her hair reaches down her legs!
Em announces, "I have 4 loose teeth and 3 molars. That's 7 things
going on in my mouth."
Em's kindergarten class has a "Native American" ceremony as
part of their study. Emily wears a brown paper sack "leather"
vest, and gets a headband with an "Indian" name on it--"Little
Soft Autumn Leaf." 11/24
Em counts backwards: "Five, four, three, two, one, one and a half,
one and three quarters, zero!" 11/26
We watch the Macy's Parade & see Santa at the end. Em says, "I
think that's someone dressed up as Santa." I say, "Why do you
think that?" Em answers, "I think Santa's busy now [getting
ready for Christmas]." 11/27
Em and I have powered on in the Magic Tree House books and have finished
#3, Mummies in the Morning!
Emily was an usher for the first time during collection today in church!
Our church pairs two adults with two children for this job. K'Lei, who
is in 2nd grade, walked with Emily and showed her where to go next and
how to trade collection plates down the rows. I can't believe she's old
enough to do this already! 11/30
In the course of the evening, Emily made an Indian camp out of pipe cleaners
(she pushed the ends into the carpet to make them stand up and rested
the other ends together at the top) including an asterix-shaped campfire;
an elephant made out of a piece of cardboard out of which she had cut
some squares for a different project, adding marker for eyes and toes
and a pipe cleaner tusk; used a shoebox, with pipe cleaner logs laid across
the top, and clothes-pin "legs" to support it--this is a type
of Native American dwelling, a
Seminole chickee--she learned about in school. *Whew!* 11/30
In the car, on the way home
from school, Sarah asks, "When I sixteen, can I drive?" !!!!!!!!
Sarah's new book at school is "In
November," by Cythia Rylant. 11/3
Sarah eats some chicken nuggets for her dinner, and after she has finished
two or three, she is allowed to have dessert. She chooses a lollipop and
eats it all up. Then she shows us the empty stick, notices a leftover
chicken nugget on her plate, and promptly spears the chicken with ther
lollipop, picks it up, and starts eating it off the stick! 11/03
Sarah listens as I read a book to Emily. It is called "Bubble-Gum
Radar" and is about a teacher who knows who is misbehaving in
her classroom. The first events in the story are: After an exciting announcement,
a student throws his bubblegum into the air and it hits another student
on the ear. After they settle down, the teacher asks someone to come to
the board and do a problem. The student sits down again, realizes the
answer was wrong, and is asked to come back up and correct it, but he
can't move out of his seat! Sarah says, "It's bubblegum!" And
she's right! The boy is stuck to his seat with gum. I like this story
(and go to such lengths here) because Sarah figured out that the problem
was bubblegum with only the title and one incident to guide her--she didn't
need the story to provide several instances of repetition before she could
guess what was going to happen next. 11/03
I made some flannelboards pieces for the Abiyoyos to use along with their
book, and when Miss Katie thanked me, she said, "Sarah was SO proud
of her Mommy at circle time today!" 11/12
At dinner time, talking about growing big and strong, Sarah says, "When
I big I gonna be a teacher." I said, "Wow, a teacher!"
And she continued, "Just like Miss Susan!" I told Miss Susan
that the next day and she was so touched! 11/13
Sarah watches Daddy and Emily play a board game. When they are done, she
says, "Good game, guys!" 11/14
We are watching hockey when Sarah says, "Come on, boys!" Daddy
laughs because this is what Mommy says all the time! 11/15
I check on Sarah during her "nap" because I hear some thumping
around. When I peek in, I see her in the dead center of her crib, not
holding on to the railings, jumping up and down like a trampoline. Hmmm...is
this why she is getting cranky at dinnertimes?
We went out to pick up some long pants and long sleeve shirts (and winter
coats, hats, gloves, boots, socks, hair clippies.....) today and Sarah
was careful to make sure she was choosing colors that did NOT match Emily's
Sarah is looking so grown up all of a sudden. I mentioned this to Miss
Rachel at school, and she said, "Yes, I think Sarah's legs got longer
this week." 11/24
Well, Sarah is heading into her Tricky Three year old phase. She gets
frustrated VERY quickly and will go from playing happily to yelling from
one moment to the next if she feels she is being thwarted in some way!
She is being more stubborn about doing things (eating, getting dressed)
on her OWN schedule and gets VERY SAD if we suggest she might want to
hurry it up a little bit. She is still mostly a sunny kid, but is definitely
starting to chomp at the bit! 11/26
Sarah's Thanksgiving Plate: a crescent roll, corn kernels, and some no-cranberry
cranberry jelly. 11/28
Me: "Sarah, go look at all your curls from after your bath!"
Sarah [looking in the mirror]: "Seven!" 11/28
I change Sarah's diaper at 10 pm and she tells me her leg hurts. I say,
"Well, I think some lotion will make it feel better." Sarah
says, in a very sad voice, "No, it will just keep ouching."