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.

Back to School

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today is the first day of the second week of a new year.  Cool, isn’t it? After a 2 1/2 week Christmas break, Ian went back to school.  This is the second half of his kindergarten year.  He was so excited about it as well.

Last night he was almost too excited to go to sleep but finally did. We talked about being back at school and learning again and about stories that he can create.  He enjoys making things up and reading, which I absolutely love.

Then this morning he woke up pretty easily, did his jobs before school without too much complaining, and was ready to go.  His jobs are eating his breakfast, taking his vitamins, using the bathroom and washing his hands, brushing his teeth, and getting dressed. We often have a contest to see who can get dressed first.

I made him his lunch, and made sure his backpack had all of his stuff in it.  He wanted to include a book that he’d worked on yesterday to share with his class.  He drew 7 pages of pictures and then had me transcribe his story.  It is inspired by a Lego video he’d seen online.

We bundled up in his new coat that he got at Christmas as well as his gloves.  With that he was warm.  We walked out to the car, got in it, put up the garage door, started the car with no trouble (thank goodness), backed out and were on our way.

Everything looked very cold and frosty on our way.  It was beautiful and we got to see the sun rising.  A lovely winter day.  Then I parked the car, we got out and walked into the school at the door near his classroom.  The grass and leaves crunched under our feet. Ian enjoyed the sound.

school-mathWe went inside and waited for the bell to ring. There was time to take off Ian’s coat so he was ready to go in, do his classroom jobs, and get started learning.  Brrringgg.  Bell rings and we walk to the classroom with a big smile on Ian’s face.  His teacher said, “I have missed you Ian.”  He was very happy to hear this from this teacher as I was.

Being back to school is just the thing he needed.  He loves school and loves to learn.  For that I am truly thankful!  Each Wednesday, our district lets out early and the teachers have inservice time.  That way we don’t have to miss entire days for their training.

So a short day will be just the thing for getting back into the routine.  Then we’ll have two full days before the weekend.  Should be a great rest of the week!

Not only was Ian happy about seeing his teacher and the classroom, he was also happy to see his friends.  Today is PE and he was looking forward to that as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • A boy who loves learning
  • A school where he is encouraged to learn
  • A teacher who truly enjoys teaching and likes having Ian in her class
  • Being able to make our son a yummy lunch to eat at school
  • A garage where our car stays warm and dry
  • Chatting with my son and husband in the morning
  • A short trip to the school where we can talk about our day
  • Hot tea with creamer
  • Hot breakfast
  • My fuzzy slippers
  • The quiet of the house as I work at home and putter around
  • My son’s creativity and zest for life
  • My family and friends
  • The fun of picking up Ian after a day of school, giving him a snack, and hearing about his day

Whether your kids are back at school or not, I hope and pray that you and they have a terrific day!

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!

Fall is the Word for June 7

5minutefridayHi and Happy Friday!  Here we are on the first Friday in June!

I can’t believe we are 6 months into the year already.  Time time certainly flies, doesn’t it?!

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is Fall.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

Confusions said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

This is a great quote and something that I thought of at first when seeing the word for today.

Life is full of falling down and then picking yourself back up again.  A roller coaster you could say.

My husband and I are teaching our son that life is full of things that you don’t want to do.  We are also teaching him that sometimes bad and messy things happen.

And you know what he is learning, when you spill something, you clean up.  When you make a mess, you clean it up.  When you make a mistake, you fix it.

I think this is very important in a world that seems to be missing teaching kids about failing or losing.

Have you noticed in recent years that all kids who participate in sports get a prize or a trophy?  While I think it is great to recognize and celebrate all kids being active in something, I still think that they need to learn how to lose and lose gracefully.

If they don’t learn that while young, what will happen during the big game in college or on the first job interview that they don’t get?

We can learn a lot when things don’t go our way.  We find out what we are made of and what we can do.

I am all for making dreams come true and having a positive outlook on life.  But I also want my son to know that it’s not the end of the world when he falls or fails.

Okay … STOP.  Time is already up.  My those 5 minutes go quickly.

Here are few more great quotes that I wanted to add:

  • “Most important thing in life is learning how to fall,”  Jeannette Walls
  • “Sometimes it takes a really good fall to learn where you stand,” Hayley Williams

I wonder what I will learn the next time I fall.  I am sure that it will something since I make mistakes.  The blessing is that I can learn from them and teach my son about them as well.

To read other thoughts on Fall, please check out Five Minute Friday –http://lisajobaker.com/2013/06/five-minute-friday-fall/

Ian at the beach

As you see I have changed my header photo again.  I like a variety of images and like to share them with you my readers! Here is the full image of the new picture.

This picture was taken when Ian was about 2 or 2 1/2 years old.  We were at a beach in Fort Pierce, Florida, and he was walking around and exploring.

He loved to walk very quickly at that young age and was having a ball.  You can see his footprints in the sand.

I don’t know if you can see it, but he had a pacifier in his mouth.  At that age, they were a constant thing for him.

This summer we are looking forward to going to another beach.  I will have to post some new pictures of him for you.

I wonder if he will wander like he did in this picture?  I imagine he will and I can’t wait!  I will certainly have my camera in hand when he does!