Friday, September 30, 2011

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Sep19_AnnaMamaSeptember was definitely a “mixed bag” month. It was a big adjustment for all of us to have a kindergartener in the house, and this change also coincided with another spike in my work load. I can say with confidence that the most enjoyable days were weekends, where we made a point to relax, spend time with friends and not to commit to too many activities.

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On the positive note, Anna is thriving in school. Despite the fact that she is younger by at least 6 months and shorter by at least 6 inches than anyone else in her class, she is doing very well. Last week the teacher sent home the note saying that she is amazed by Anna’s progress in handwriting. Nobody is more amazed than I am – she went from forming awkward giant all-capital words to writing legible sentences (well, legible to her, her spelling leaves a lot to be desired) in a matter of two weeks. She seems to be making friends and is looking forward to school every morning.

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October promises to be even more crazy at work if this is at all possible, so we really need to regroup and focus on what is doable. I am hoping that Anna will continue to enjoy her school and will continue to “tolerate” her afterschool program which she attends 3 days a week. I am hoping that we will keep up our "game night” tradition. I plan to keep spending a lot of time outside, especially on weekends. And I am really looking forward to Anna’s 5th birthday. I already asked for a couple of days off, so I can really enjoy it with my family.

8 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I hope Anna has a great birthday, and you find as many quiet moments with your family as you desire! Glad to hear her school is going well now that she's feeling better.

Debbie said...

It is hard to believe that our girls will be turning 5. Papa and I were just discussing this the other night. Glad that Anna is doing so well in school.

MaryAnne said...

That is so wonderful that Anna is enjoying school! I hope you have a lovely celebration of Anna's birthday, and that the craziness at work is somehow tolerable!

MaryAnne said...

And thanks for linking up! =)

Ticia said...

I hope it calms down soon and Anna decides she likes her afterschool stuff

Kelly said...

I'm glad to hear that Anna is settling into kindergarten well. Little J is also one of the youngest in his class, but it doesn't seem to bother him. I hope your work eases up a bit and that Anna has a wonderful birthday.
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Elise said...

It's wonderful to hear that Anna is doing so well with her writing and enjoying school. How lovely of the teacher to acknowledge all of Anna's hard work with her writing and send a note home to let you know how well Anna is doing and that her progress is outstanding.

I hope that October is kinder to you in the wrokplace. Gruelling hours certainly take their toll so I have my fingers crossed that you do get those days off and your weekends are totally relaxing.

Viki and David said...

Other than handwriting is Anna challenged by the curriculum in kindergarten? Like, does she think it's easy but she doesn't mind because it's fun? My friends whose kids were ahead academically (reading, math, science) reported back this fall that kindergarten was quite boring at first. They didn't want to sit around learning phonics or counting if they could already read and multiply. Wondering how Anna's teachers handle that challenge.