Job Day In Kindergarten

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  We are currently enjoying the calm before the snow storm.  They are saying it will be 3 to 6 inches of snow.  I am very thankful not to have the ice and sleet.  My prayers for all of my friends and family who are dealing with that.  May you stay safe and warm!

Today, Ian went to school but they have already announced an early out time.  So that is good.  His class had Job Day today.  The kids were asked to share the job they want to have when they grow up and to dress like that person.

At drop-off this morning, I was able to see the kids’ outfits and they were great.  One boy wants to be a chef, another a policeman, and another a farmer.  The girls that I saw wanted to be a firefighter and two of them wanted to be doctors.  I didn’t see a lot of the kids but the ones I did looked great!

Ian wants to be a Lego Creator.  He has discovered the joy of Lego and has a great time with it. Last night he made a Lego robot to share with the kids and talk about.  It is pictured here with a Lego Mini Figure.  He designed and built the robot himself and did a great job, I think.

I wonder which of these kids will have these jobs when they do become adults or if something else will strike their fancy.  Should be fun to see!

Someone recently asked me, why would you do a Job Day instead of having instructional time?  I said, well this is part of Social Studies and great for their imagination, creativity, research, and future.  This is an enrichment day and something that they will have fun with and remember.  How can you argue with that?

I only wish I was there this morning to hear all of the presentations!  I bet they will be fantastic!!

Persistence…Thy Name Is Ian

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAOn Saturday, Ian showed us the true meaning of persistence.  And, it was glorious to watch!

He received the last of his birthday gifts just after we ate lunch.  We went to a toy store with his grandpa.

Ian picked out a Lego semi truck with hauler and monster truck.  The package said Monster Truck Hauler.

I asked Ian, “Are you sure that’s what you want?”  “Yes Mommy.”  I said okay and then we walked back to the car and then went back to his grandpa’s house.

For the next four hours, Ian worked on putting the 299 pieces together into the two vehicles.

He asked his daddy a few times for help and also a few times asked me, but mainly he worked on it himself.  He looked at the two instruction manuals and slowly worked through each page.  It was amazing to watch.

The fact he could put this together simply from the book, finding the correct piece, and then moving on the next page was very impressive.  I hadn’t realized how mechanically minded he was and how great at following step-by-step instructions.

A few times he got frustrated, but for the most part, he enjoyed working on it and kept at it until he was finished.  Needless to say I was super proud and took a few pictures.

That night when it was bedtime, I told him what he had done was big boy stuff not little boy stuff.  He grinned and said “Thanks Mommy.”  Then in less than 5 minutes he was asleep.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

The next afternoon, he went to play with one of his dear friends from preschool.  He wanted to take his truck and monster truck.  It came apart and we discussed the fact that is what happens with Lego’s.  He was fine with that.

Yesterday he took more of it apart again.  Apparently he wants to put it all back together.  He told me that most of the fun playing with it is putting it all together.

Ian, this was a job well done!  Mommy and Daddy are proud of you and your persistence!!GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA