Saturday, November 8, 2014

That Kindergarten Life

So we're nearing the halfway point of kindergarten, and it has been a fantastic year. M loooooooves going to school. She loves everything about school, and that makes me so happy.  A few tidbits:
  • She joined the art club. Her second choice was Spanish club (because she's obsessed with other languages -- it's hilarious). Maybe she'll get to do that one next year.

  • She thinks the world of her teacher and wants very much to please her.
  • She decided on packed lunches. She ate lunch from the school the first week or two. That didn't quite work out because she ate only what she wanted. No ma'am. She also noticed that a few of her friends were bringing packed lunches, so she wanted to as well. So that's what we've been doing. 
  • She's kicking kindergarten's butt academically. Let me preface this by saying I in no way think my child is academically gifted or "smarter" than any other child. As an educator, I know that it is too early to determine stuff like that. As an educator I also know that stuff doesn't matter -- it's more about a kid's work ethic and their environment. So with that being said, M is doing quite well in kindergarten, thanks to a preschool that more than prepared her. Just to give a little perspective, the goal is for kindergartners is to be reading on a D level by the end of the year. M's teacher told us she was a J level reader at the beginning of the school year, which is what we suspected. Another example of how ready she was academically: by the end of the first quarter of the school year, kindergartners should know 10 sight words. M's teacher stopped counting her sight words at 300 (she'll continue to count them later). While that gives me great comfort knowing she's prepared in that way, I initially worried that she wouldn't be challenged. That she wouldn't be engaged. That she'd stay in trouble. Her preschool teachers used to have to give her extra work to stay busy -- so that gives you an idea of my worries. But just like most people say, we often worry about things that won't happen.  My sweet girl has learned so much self-control her first year of elementary school (thanks to a firm teacher). Her teacher also sends home special homework that challenges M. I am so appreciative. Thank God for good teachers!
  • She's loving gymnastics. That's been going great, and I've enjoyed watching M get stronger and more confident in her abilities. 

  • I also want to record the fact that M got her first dental/orthodontic appliance. If it weren't for the fact that she's never had a cavity, I would think she gets her dental genes from me. She had a crossbite that the dentist wanted to fix before she got older, so she got a crossbite appliance put in at the beginning of the school year. She'll wear it for about six months. (If her smiles looks different or kind of awkward on any recent pics, it's because of this.) I think this is good for her. So when she gets braces one day (and it's no doubt that she will -- she has tons of space between her teeth), she'll have already gone through the whole mouth device thing. My hopes are that braces will be a breeze. :-)
Doing homework at Panera with her daddy one day.
  • We recently went to a Girl Scouts interest meeting, so hopefully we'll start with that soon. She's already excited about it.
So far, it's been a fantastic school year for my girl. We are so proud of her.

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