|Taking Aaron to School.|
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Elizabeth and I take Aaron to preschool every morning. All the kids at school know Elizabeth and the teachers and parents are always saying hi to her. She usually wants to sit with her brother and she's been trying to grab those crayons for months but (ew, germs!) I know they'll just go straight in her mouth! Friday morning though, she sat in the chair next to her brother and grabbed a crayon and started scribbling! I guess she's seen her brother and the other kids enough now that she knows what the crayons are really for! Isn't this a cute picture? I think when the time comes, she'll be ready for school.
Right now Aaron has a teacher, assistant teacher and then a classroom assistant. Unfortunately, the only person that has been there the entire year is the classroom assistant. His original teacher left for a better position and the same with the assistant teacher. It's great for them, but I feel like it's been disruptive for the kids. Not only that, but I think these replacements just aren't as invested. The new teacher thought she would just be there temporarily but it looks like they can't find a permanent replacement. So I guess she's here for the rest of the year and I don't think she's super stoked about it. It's an unfortunate situation for the children, but we are trying to make the best of it. Or just trying to make it through the rest of the year anyway!
BUT... Aaron's original teacher, Ms. K, texted me on Friday to ask how Aaron was getting along and to say that she missed him and the rest of the children. It was such a nice surprise and so sweet of her! I know she loved her class and was super invested in each of her students. I remember her last day she said some really sweet things about Aaron and told me how smart he was and that she could see him growing up to be an architect or doctor. I feel so good about her and that she could see such good things in Aaron. She said she would try and visit the classroom soon. I was so excited to pick up Aaron that day and tell him. Even though he didn't outwardly show too much emotion about it, I know he'll carry that with him. That someone was thinking about him and asking about him and missing him.
I still read Aaron books every night before bedtime and way before he was even born I bought some of my own childhood favorites to read to my kids. Shel Silverstein, Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary. These are some of the authors that were read to me as a child in school that made me fall in love with books. (Thanks Ms. Haviland!) One of the small collections I bought was Judy Blume's Super Fudge collection. I've been thinking about starting Aaron on these but wasn't sure if he was quite ready for chapter books. But after reading Uncle Wiggily's Story Book about a million times, I figured he could handle chapters.
So we started with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing this week and I've been reading about 2 chapters a night. The first day after, all Aaron wanted to do was to go straight home from school and start the book back up again! He didn't even want to visit with his grandparents (which he always wants to do)! This kind of makes my heart happy. I'm raising a reader! It's so wonderful! Josh and I are both readers and I'm so glad Aaron will be too.
I think being a reader has definitely helped him with his vocabulary and reading competency. I can't wait for him to really start reading on his own! I just imagine all his (overabundance) of toys being replaced by an overabundance of books! Hooray!!! Wishful thinking probably, but that's ok. A mom can hope......
And Elizabeth Grace - in case you're wondering, her finger is doing ok. She is using it normally. It's still red under the nail. There is some dried blood under there and the top joint still seems red but when I followed up with her pediatrician via email, she assured me it would take at least two weeks for any redness and swelling to go away. I really can't look at it without cringing but that's not because it's nasty, but because I know I did that to her. I brought that pain. So every time Josh is home I make him inspect it just in case I'm missing something. But she doesn't complain about it and she's using it just fine so hopefully I didn't scare her emotionally too. Ugh. Mommyhood.
As for the rest of us, we're still on the hunt for a home. Please send us some good juju. We need it! I promise to give you some right back!