In our lives… this week has been pretty overwhelming. I have a number of projects at work demanding my attention, and I’ve just received a new one due next Friday that kind of dwarfs everything else I’ve been working on. Anna promptly brought her first bug from school, which made her spike a fever a couple of nights and turn into a whiny toddler instead of a bright and cheerful big girl. Luckily, she got over it without missing any school. She loves her school, especially all the sign language signs that their teacher is showing them. She also really enjoys her gymnastics class. We had our “Back to School Night” on Wednesday and learned all about standards and expectations. I liked Anna’s teacher commitment to evaluate each student in the next 2 weeks and make sure that they leave her class progressing by one year and not staying on the same level if they are ahead of the game. If she really manages that in such a diverse classroom of kindergarteners and first graders, she is truly as amazing as everyone says she is :)
Afterschooling… was pretty much non-existing except Anna could finally lay her hands on this microscope that she received as a present when she was visiting her grandparents in New Jersey. I couldn’t take it home with me, so grandma had sent it as part of “first day of school” package. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend this microscope, since specks of dirt seem to be embedded somewhere in the lens core, but Anna is delighted to have her own microscope. We just looked at prepared slides which came with it so far, there was no time yet to make our own slides.
Favorite things this week. I love that Anna is so enthusiastic about school. Last year it took her a better part of the year to come out of her shell in her new class at preschool. This year both her K teacher and YMCA instructors are telling us that she is very outgoing and helpful. She is also making new friends, especially with first graders. I also love her progress in swimming – she can now cross the swimming pool. Her style leaves a lot to be desired, but I would have never believed in the beginning of summer that she will progress so far in 3 months.
- Anna: Mama, we need to write a letter to the North Pole.
- Me: To Santa Claus?
- Anna: No, to the scientists that work there, to make sure they are saving the polar bears until I am old enough to go see them.
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