Five Minute Friday – Learn

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday.  I haven’t written one of these in ages.  I liked today’s word so I thought I’d write for five minutes on Learn.

Starting now…

With today being the end of Ian’s second week of school, it means so much to have a child who loves to learn.  He was ready to start school and enjoys going each day.

I will appreciate and cherish that as long as possible since I know that feeling may not last.  A mom can be hopeful though. Right?

He likes his teachers, his classmates, and especially his school.  He has a T-shirt that he wears regularly with the school name and mascot on it.

This morning, Ian asked me, “Is tomorrow a school day?”  “No Ian,” I told him.  “It is Saturday.”  He wasn’t thrilled but realized that we have a Cub Scout activity in the morning.  That should be fun.

I too enjoy learning and think it is important to do throughout your life.  I was blessed with a good education and am thankful each and every day for that.

We can learn in a classroom certainly, but also in everyday life and on the weekends.  Learning is always possible and we try to talk with Ian about that.

Stop writing.  The time is up.  Wow, that was fast.

Since I haven’t done this in a while, I am not sure where to post these in the Five Minute Friday community.  I will try to find that out for next week.

I did want to add a few quotes about learning that I found after my time was up:

  • “You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” ~ Clay P. Bedford
  • “Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” ~ Henry L. Doherty
  • “I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.” ~ Eartha Kitt
  • “You learn something every day if you pay attention.” ~ Ray LeBlond
  • “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~ Chinese Proverb
  • “All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.” ~ Martin H. Fischer

I want to thank all of Ian’s teachers, the school staff and administration, our school district and school board for such an awesome school and great curriculum.  We look forward to a great year of 2nd grade.

Thanks also to my teachers.  They taught me so much and I can never thank them enough.  Many of them I remember fondly and am grateful for their love of learning.  I will have to write about a few of them sometime.

I have many family and friends who were and are amazing teachers.  Thanks also to them for helping students and adults to learn.  You and your passion for learning and teaching are so vital and appreciated.

I hope that Ian will always love learning.  I look forward to each day with him on his journey.   His dad and I are in awe of all that he knows and continues to learn.

Homework and Quizzes

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA“Mom, first grade is hard work,” Ian told me yesterday afternoon.  He said that as he was finishing his homework.  “Yes it is Ian,” I said, nodding in agreement.

“I don’t like this homework, Mom,” he added.  “Ian, I understand, but you can do it and you are a smart boy.”  He seemed to like hearing that. “And, your job is to learn and part of that job is homework,” I explained.

Homework.  I remember it well from my days in school.  Some days the backpack was very heavy.  Speaking of backpacks, while we were eating dinner, Ian asked me, “Mom, did they have backpacks when you were in school?”  I told him, “Yes there were backpacks.”

He also informed me that a boy said he wouldn’t be doing his homework.  I told Ian that wasn’t a choice for him.  He will be doing the homework that is given to him.  I also said that boy will more than likely get in trouble with his teacher if he doesn’t do it.  “Ian, your homework helps you with learning and is part of your grade,” I told him. He seemed to get that.

So the routine of homework each night begins.  It is taking some getting used to but I know that he will get used to it.  We just need a few weeks to adjust to this new routine. The nice thing is that his teacher is primarily giving homework from Monday night to Thursday night, so we will have a break on the weekend.  At least for now.  We will certainly do our best to enjoy that!

This week, he has one book to read each evening.  A piece of paper comes with the book, for the student to initial, a parent to initial, how the book was read (by self, with parent, or by parent), and how long it took to read it.  We read his book for school and were done very quickly.

Before he read the book from class, he spent 45 minutes reading a chapter book, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.  He had picked this out at the school library.  I helped him sound out words, but a lot of them he did guessing on. Clearly he loves to read and is doing very well with that.

I have to say I am very proud of him and love to hear him read.  It is an amazing gift that we started back when he was a baby and we signed him up for Imagination Library.  That is a program that is fantastic and provides books to children from birth to 5 years old, at no cost to the family. It was a great way to instill the love of reading.  We also regularly went to the library and have been reading to him ever since.

The thing that is new is the word study or spelling.  Each week, we will receive a list of words to work on with our child.  Then on Friday, there will be a quiz.  This week the quiz is a day early, on Thursday, so there isn’t as much time to prepare.  He is familiar with all of the words so he should do fine.  This afternoon, we will do a practice quiz.

Each evening we have been practicing and that so far seems to be working well. After school, he gets his snack and has a short break, and then right to the practice/homework time.  I told him we have to do that before time to play.  He may complain some but is understanding this is the way it will be done.

I wonder how the rest of our first week of real homework will go?  I think it will be fine.

TGIF and Fun At School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAI don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend.  It has been a wild. crazy and busy week and I am ready for some time to rest.

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!

Time to Lose and Other Things

Time to Lose Week 7

Hi!  I am a day late in writing for week 7 of the weight loss quest. No loss or gain this week. Staying the same is something I am happy for this week.

I missed not writing last week, but the time got away from me. And, then we were busy with a lot of items yesterday.  Hope you have been well.

I have really appreciated all of the feedback and support I have been getting on this journey! It helps keep me motivated.

Eating the better food choices is still going well — although I occasionally like a treat that I shouldn’t probably be eating. I try to limit those items to just once a week.  I guess it’s all a matter of balance, isn’t it.  The item that I continue to struggle with is finding the time for exercise. I am over being so lazy but can’t seem to get out of my rut.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

This time of year is a lot of time spent inside and sitting. I need to move and get out more.  My entire family seems to do better when we do.  So, this next week, I am going to strive to make a point of exercising each day.  Even if it’s just 15 minutes of walking or dancing, that is still better than nothing.  I know that I need to be doing at 45 minutes of cardio each day and am working back to that again.

Other Things 

I had to share a few milestones for my four-year old son in the last two days.  Yesterday he woke up talking about dinosaurs and how much he wanted to learn about them.  He then added that he wants to learn to read.  How exciting is that? I love that he wants to learn!!

Today, he asked me to first write and then sound out Pre-si-dents’ Day. He then sounded it out.  I told him, you are reading, and he grinned from ear to ear. I think we have a breakthrough.

He then asked me what sound F makes.  He so wants to learn and is ready to take off!  YEAH IAN!!!!  Mommy is so proud of you.

Isn’t it great how children are so excited when they learn something new and can understand it?  He was so proud of himself, and rightly so.  I am going to try to have that same excitement about the items that I am learning on my journey!

I wonder if in this next week we can be excited about learning something new each day?  I am going to try to continue to encourage Ian as well.

God’s blessings to you on this first day of Lent!

Practicing Numbers

Today Ian has been focusing on writing numbers.

He is doing a very good job! As you can see from this picture, he wrote the numbers 1-12.

We have flash cards that we have been looking at as well.  He told me a few minutes ago what each number from 1 to 10 was.  Then on the back of the card, there are that number of items (such as kites, frogs, alligators, and red wagons).

He is having fun learning new things but sometimes get frustrated since he wants to know how to do it correctly the first time.  We are doing our best to encourage him to practice and realize that since he is learning, it doesn’t have to be perfect at first.

The learning adventure continues! I wonder what else we will learn today. I can’t wait to find out.  If you have kids who are continuing to learn, I hope you enjoy that adventure as much as I do.

Writing his name

I just had to share something that is very exciting for a mom of a 4 year old.

My son Ian has been practicing writing his name this morning.

He is doing a great job but having some trouble with the n.  And, as a result he is getting frustrated.  He seems to think he needs to know how to do this right off the bat.

I am encouraging him to keep practicing and that it will get better.  And, I do hope that he believes me!

On one of his tries, he wrote the I and the a and then drew a picture of an angel. A great picture I must say.

And, a friend of ours is also working with him.  This should be a fun day!

I should get back to watch his amazing little mind at work.

I wonder if I can focus on much else today. Not right now at least!