Archive | September 21, 2011

First grade update

First grade had started on a great note

Adi loves her new teacher. The first day evening she told me “you know mommy Mrs.B was as nervous as us because this is her first day as a teacher”.

And that night Adi said “Guys wake me up early tomorrow. School is fun. I don’t want to miss the fun”.

We had a tea party at home on the first weekend after school started to celebrate first grade.  Here is a front view and bird’s eye view of the party table. Adi set the table all by herself… Tell me how much you can identify from this list

1. Baby sleeping on a bed.
2. Baby’s basket with her lotion, hair brush etc..
3. Egg kathi roll (real one – dinner for us)
4.  Guests (Bambi, Crystal, Mrs.Penguin and Mr.Dolphin)
5. Chapathi pizza (real one real one – dinner for Adi)
6. Tea/Coffee pot – The idea is you have to shake it to get either tea or coffee.
7. Soup on bowls
8. Cakes
9. Coffee/Milk/Sugar cubes
10. Adi’s hands 😉

Okay 6 to 9 – We were asked to assume.

We attended “Back to school” night last week and had a tour of her class. Her new teacher is awesome. We had an ice breaker waiting at the class room. We were asked to identify the picture drawn by our kid. I found it at the very first look there it was the typical picture of Adi at the corner with bright sun on right top corner, clouds, grasses down, with two small plants with flowers, with a small girl with two kudumi’s (pony tails) ,favorite food written as “Pizza” and favorite song as “You belong with me”. That is my girl.  On a side note we love singing Taylor Swift’s this song together. I don’t know how much of the lyrics this girl understands but we were caught by the tune.

The kids left us a welcome note at their desk and we were asked to leave a reply to them. I drew some hearts, flowers and wrote as much as I can with all my love,  folded it and kept on her desk.  Next day evening she gave me a big hug for that sweet note :).. She asked “mommy why did you just draw with the pen? you could have used my crayons under the desk”. Yeahh she got a separate desk and table this year. It was a lovely moment to sit on her chair for a while.. The teacher explained us the class rules, daily schedules, what to expect this year et all.

This year after school activities include dance, music, art, lego, chess, soccer, karate, French and Spanish. Dance and Music (Piano) are checked by default but we haven’t decided about the other classes. I am thinking of art but need to discuss with Adi about her likes.

With reading her recent obsession is Cam Jansen mysteries. She assumes herself as Cam sometimes to solve the missing cases at home 🙂 These days she has it as part of her every day homework to spend 15 minutes on reading.

Last but not the least we have improved way above our standards on morning routine of course after few ups and downs. We managed to reach school by 8:27am on two days and guess what both the days assembly started at 8:25am and the girl eventually missed it.  But, these days she is attending assembly on most days and that is a BIG leap for us as a family.  What with 7 signals to cross though the school is hardly a mile away from home?  Hoping to soon change the “most days” as “every day”. The secret is I have pushed some of my cooking preparations to previous day night and Adi/M are waking up earlier that means she goes to bed early too. Its such a big relief for me to see the girl at bed by 9pm. Its that time of the year again to just work as well oiled machines…