Today was the last day of 1st Grade for Burke and Maggie. We didn’t miss the bus AT ALL this year! WOOT!! (There were definitely some close calls though…I’m sure the whole neighborhood has heard me yell, “Bus is at the top – RUUUUN!!” (Our bus stops at the top of our street, goes one street more and heads down that one and then cuts back to stop at the bottom of our street. We chose to use the bottom bus stop – less traffic.)
Logan’s preschool holds a graduation for each and every class – even if they’re coming back next year. (See last year’s.) It’s super cute and really cool if the kid isn’tcoming back the following year (which happens). Logan still has one more year though.
Maggie’s teacher does these exercises during class and then puts all of the papers into a binder and sends the “book” home for parents and kids to read together. They request “fan mail” to be sent back with the book.
I’d heard about this book LONG before it reached my house. Every parent I came across mentioned it…thank goodness…so I was well prepared for Maggie’s entry:
Typical entries were “I will play with my toys” or “I will be working and making lots of money” … I’m kind of glad that Maggie isn’t typical. If you can’t read it, she wrote, “I will get married to Charlie”
Burke and Maggie had their Spring Concerts yesterday. Holy super cute!! I’ll try to get my act together and post the video, but right now all I’ve got are photos
(Yes, she was that happy through the whole thing…but she did know all the words!)
(He did look happier, but I wasn’t able to get a clear shot…and he knew all the words too.)
Burke came home today very proud of himself. And with good reason!
Right now, their school is running a program where the kids get a paw print (the mascot is a wildcat) when they are caught doing something nice. (I think there might be a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.)
Burke earned his first paw print today for being the most polite kid in Kindergarten!
When I asked who gave it to him, this was what he told me:
Mrs. Milk Lady told Mrs. Assistant Teacher who told Ms. Teacher that I am the most polite kid in Kindergarten!
If you love children and would like to make a living helping them, an education leadership degree is a great place to start!
Next week is Burke’s turn to be Star of the Week in his class. What a neat concept! For an entire week – it’s all about Burke.
They get homework this week to get ready for it:
Monday- Bring in the “All About Me” poster (partially pictured below)
Tuesday – Bring in 5 pictures of family and friends
Wednesday – Bring in your favorite stuffed animal
Thursday – Bring in your favorite book
Friday – Fill the estimation bag with items to estimate
The top part of the poster (not pictured) has his full name and:
I am 6 years old
My favorite color is Rainbow
My favorite animal is cat and dog
My favorite food is pasta bake
There’s a spot for a pictre of him and a spot for a picture of his family.
Then comes the fun stuff! It’s a fill-in-the-blank part (pictured).
Here are the words, I’ve underlined the blanks that Burke filled in.
Disney World is my favorite place
When I grow up, I want to be a swimmer
My favorite thing to do is color
If I had one wish, I would wish for everyone to be safe
LOVE this kid
No, I didn’t take a picture while I was at the kids’ parent/teacher conferences
I did take a picture of the paper Burke’s teacher gave to me though. *grin*
Much like the progress reports, there were no big surprises at the conferences. Both teachers are super nice and seem to really like having the kids in their classrooms. I love that both teachers “check in” with each other to see how the other child is doing – and to let Burke say “hi” to Maggie during school (or vice versa).
Maggie’s teacher, Mrs. S., mentioned that Maggie is a wee bit unorganized…which also translates into unorganized thoughts sometimes, and unorganized letters while trying to write. (Ya…like I said, no big surprises ). We heard very similar things from Miss Speech when Maggie was with her. As I have said before, we just need to figure out Maggie’s way of learning and support her in that way. Mrs. S. also mentioned that Maggie is super focused in circle time and is ready to get down to business. She stretches her words out quite nicely (for example, saying the sounds C – A – T), and can recognize what the word is when someone else stretches the word for her.
Burke’s teacher, Miss O., mentioned that Burke is getting better with the socializing, but she still has to remind him to go over and play with other kids now and again. He’s got all of the academic stuff down and is right where he should be. She noticed that he likes teaching things…so when she gets the chance, she lets him go with it. Apparently last week he taught the whole class how to draw a dolphin
Have I mentioned that I LOVE their teachers?
Anyway…the photos. Burke’s classwork from last week (front and back):
Actual written words:
My name is Burke. I am 6. yeers old. I like to eet peezza. I like to go to j on in wif my fans. My farit cur is rabo. I am BuDfl.
Translation: My name is Burke. I am 6 years old. I like to eat pizza. I like to go to Jump On In with my friends. My favorite color is rainbow. I am beautiful.
Miss O. was telling me that where he had “eet” he originally at “et” …but knew THAT wasn’t right, so he puzzled over it for a while and then finally changed it to “eet.” When she asked him what he was thinking while writing it, he told her that “feet” sounded right, so eat must be “eet.” I know I’m his mom, but I think that’s brilliant *sheepish grin*
Oh, and the picture is Burke in the middle with brainstorming all around him. To the left is Burke drawing with an orange crayon. At the bottom is the “rabo” rainbow color he likes. To his right is pizza. And at the top is the entire family – including the dog, two cats, and the fish.
Burke’s Kindergarten class put on a Thanksgiving Play today. (He’s been practicing for a few weeks now )
It was super cute!!
They did a few songs and then each kid had a line to say in the ABCs of Thanksgiving. (Did I mention that it was super cute yet?)
Burke’s line is at 1:54 (And the dance they did right before that cracks me up!)
(About 3 minutes long)
And the picture to go along with it