For my blog today, I decided not to do the Photo Challenge or 5 Minute Friday. Instead, I wanted to write about my week and some of my adventures at Ian’s school. Just felt like doing that for a change.
This photo is of a tree that we walk by to and from Ian’s school. It is a great spot for shade and a lovely tree. The bark is unusual and a rust color and the flowers are white and big. There are some other trees and plants in the background.
You can also see the sidewalk that we walk on for part of our trip in the mornings and afternoons. Both of us are looking forward to less humidity after school. Hopefully that will be soon.
Last night it stormed for a while. Lots of lightning and very loud thunder. Thankfully Ian was asleep before it started and slept right through it. It rained some as well, but was nothing compared to what people are dealing with in Colorado. I have been stunned to see the images of so much flooding and destruction. Lord, please watch over the people in Colorado and keep them safe. Amen.
Yesterday morning I met with the board of the PTO and the principal and vice principal to discuss a few projects that we will be doing for the year. I joined and decided to serve as secretary. I thought it would be a fun way to learn a lot about Ian’s school and meet some new people in the process.
After that meeting, I helped during reading time in Ian’s classroom. This was a fun time to get to know his classmates. Their teacher told them to raise their hand if they have questions. At first they didn’t but little by little, the kids started asking me for help.
It was fun to see this room full of students who are just learning to read, They are in various states of knowing their letters and words. I got to see the excitement in a few of their faces when they were able to complete their task. This is going to be a regular thing for me to do and I so look forward to getting to know these kids and see more and more progress.
Ian was happy to have me in his room and raised his hand for help too. He wrote “Right” and “Left” on the correct sides of the white board. I have to say I was very proud!! After doing writing, each child got a book to read. I helped a few of them with the story and what the words were by asking them a variety of questions. I could almost see their minds at work. It was great!
Halfway through the hour, the teacher said to me, “You are wonderful.” I said “thank you.” That meant a lot to me since this was the first day in this class and with these kids for me! I suppose that having so many friends and family who are teachers helped me. Thanks to all of them for teaching me so much.
We then walked down the cafeteria and I had lunch for the second time this week with Ian. The first was on Monday morning since Ian had asked me to come. He sat quietly and ate his lunch and we chatted a little bit. The children have been told to raise their hand when they need help and one of the teacher’s assistants will come and help them. At one point, the TAs were busy so I was helping. I then sat back down and the girl next to me said, “You aren’t a teacher.” I told her, “I know but I wanted to help.” She seemed to understand.
After lunch I left and said goodbye to Ian and his friends. He gave me a hug and said, “I love you Mommy.” Awww., That truly made my day.
Before he started school, I was nervous and prepared to miss him like crazy. But, I see that he is thriving and loving school. He loves to learn and is so excited in each new thing he figures out and understands. We have a fabulous journey ahead of us and I am so enjoying each and every minute of it.
Thursday night I told him how proud I am of him. He listened and stayed on task in the classroom, behaved himself in the walk across the school to the cafeteria, and ate the protein from his lunch. And at pickup time, he ran to me and give me a big hug. Isn’t that the best? I know it won’t last but I am savoring each moment.
I wonder how long this love of school and learning will last for Ian? I hope it’s for all of his years in school. Lord, may he continue to love learning. Amen!