First Day of School!

Tomorrow is a big day of firsts: my first day at a new school, my son’s first day of Kindergarten, my daughter’s first day of 1st grade, and our first year of being together at school. I am so excited for this new adventure. In fact, I have been so busy preparing to start school tomorrow that I almost forgot to slow down and soak in the fact that this is MY SON’S FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN!! It’s funny because I just kind of take the kids with me everywhere, including up to school. It just seems natural that my son, in particular is coming with me on the first day of school, but tonight it all kind of hit me. As we were packing up the lunches, making sure our clothes were laid out and going over our morning routine, I realized just how excited he is to finally be going to school. I know that he is going to love it. He even got a call from his Kindergarten teacher tonight! (Wasn’t that sweet of her to call and check in on all of her Kinders?) I made her a lanyard for Noah to give her as a little thank-you for already being an amazing teacher!

DIY Lanyard

As we were getting things ready tonight, my son said, “Mom, every time I see you in the hallway tomorrow, I’m going to run over and give you a big hug!” Foreseeing the potential Kindergarten chaos that could ensue, I reminded him that he would need to follow his teachers directions, so he might not be able to run over and give me a hug every time he saw me. I said that maybe he could just wave at me instead, and he seemed ok with that. So tonight, as I was tucking him into bed, he grabbed my neck in a big bear hug and whispered into my ear, “Mom, I know I can’t give you a hug every time I see you at school, so I’m going to give you a really big hug now!” My heart melted. He knows how important my job is for our family, and he knows how important it is for him to follow directions at school. He has so much figured out already. I can’t wait to see what else he can teach me this year…

 

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Building Literacy with Beachballs!

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We have spent many hours this summer at the pool in our apartment complex. We also had several of these beach balls laying around from my son’s birthday party (which took a different direction). So, the other day I filled in several of them with activities and sight words for a fun alternative to our usual daily practice! We only brought the sight word beach ball with us on this day. We played a couple different games with this ball, and the best part was the kids didn’t even complain about “doing work” because they were having a blast!

Read the sight word: Simply catch the ball and read whatever word that is facing you. Great quick review for those base words we have been working on lately.

Name a word in the word family:  Catch the ball and read the sight word, then name another word that would be in that word family.

Use it in a sentence: Catch the ball, read the word, and use it in a sentence. We also use our word family words in sentences!

One ball, so many possibilities! The next day the kids actually asked to bring the beachball with us to the pool, so that we could play again. Success!