*How is it that you can think you know someone then suddenly they reveal something that completely knocks your socks off?!?! WOW!
*Why is it that I decided to make a book for Miss S (for Teacher Appreciation Week) and sent home a letter explaining the project to each parent and asked for each child's portion of the project (a letter & picture) to be returned by Monday (and I sent home the letter & required materials last Tuesday) and this morning, one of the moms sees me in the hall and tells me that she's sending in her daughter's letter tomorrow and this mom is a teacher at the school?!?!?
Does she not understand what a deadline is? Honestly! She said, "Oh, were you going to put it together today?" I said, "Well yes, but that's okay." What was I supposed to say?!?! So now I'm more crunched for time because I need to get it to the laminating place and then bound together, etc. I just find it ironic that the teacher's kid is turning hers in late~2 days late! *sigh* I shouldn't be surprised. I taught a teacher's kid once and although he was smart, he was out in la~la land most of the time. Of course, so was his teacher mom! Anyway......I'm venturing too close to gossip and am probably actually already there. I'll stop for now.
*Why is it that some people don't understand blogging? I mean, I know it's not for everyone and sometimes I don't understand it all myself, but I love it! I love knowing that these mundane, daily, sometimes boring stories are going to be recorded forever. I wouldn't take the time to write them all down manually, but I will type them. It's just easier. I told Chris that once a year, I want to have my posts turned into the book. These will be priceless to me and hopefully to my children. That's okay that others aren't into it, but I love it!
To some people, pictures of their children are the things they'd want to grab in case of a fire, some people it would be jewelry. I think I'd go grab Gracie's journals from school this year. Her writings & illustrations are some of my most prized possessions. I don't really consider myself much of a journaler but with blogging, I am. One of my dreams is to one day write children's stories and be successful at it. I always say that if I were to go back to school I think I'd want to major in print journalism. I just think I'd like it and could see doing that as a stay at home mom.
*I got Katie's hair trimmed yesterday. It'd been less than a month but her bangs were waaay long already. Nicole cut them much shorter than last time and I am in love with how she looks. She looks so precious!
*We weren't planning to do a Vacation Bible School at our church this year. With getting into the new building and some other things going on, it just hadn't been planned. My friend Melissa stepped up to the plate and said she'd organize it so I jumped on the bandwagon with her. I told her she could be "Project Manager" this year and I'll do it next year. She promised not to take me into the boardroom if it's a flop. (We watch way too much Apprentice!) We're both really excited about it now and I think it's going to turn out great!
*I'm sure I've expressed before how proud I am of Gracie and all she has learned this year. Well, her reading is just absolutely amazing and I'm wanting to challenge her and keep her interested~I don't think keeping her interested is going to be much of a problem! Well, I've been wanting to get her a chapter book series to start reading. There's one series that is quite popular that I'm not fond of. They had read some of it at school and I wasn't thrilled. It would be easy to go to Target or Barnes & Noble and buy this series because there are about a gabillion books in the series, but I don't like it so I'm not going to. It's not like it's totally awful; the main character just exhibits some very undesirable behavior and never seems to suffer any real consequences for it. Gracie & I talked at length about the books and why I don't like it and what the character does wrong, etc. If the character suffered more consequences, that would make a world of difference. I don't expect her to only read about characters who are good all the time. I love Ramona books! Ramona does things wrong all the time, but she also suffers consequences. I have most of those books and have started reading one of those to her.
Anway, so I've been wanting to find a chapter book series for her. So, Saturday Melissa & I went to a nearby larger town to look at VBS stuff and we also went to Barnes & Noble. I looked & looked and it's really hard to choose one without actually reading them. I've heard about the "Magic Tree House" series but haven't read any and have actually had 2 people say they just didn't like them that well. Of course, they had a gabillion of the series I don't prefer. They had a bunch of "The Boxcar Children" which there are over 100 of those, but I haven't read them. I thought about the "American Girl" series because there alot of them and I thought they'd be good to teach some history and there were alot we could add to.
For now, I ended up going with The Best Sleepover Ever! #1: Angelina's Diary which is one of the Angelina Ballerina chapter books that the author has written. Gracie, and I, love Angelina, and Gracie probably has at least 10 of her picture books already. There are 3 books in the series and one more coming out so I'm hoping there will be even more. I went ahead and bought the 3 and Gracie finished the 1st one on Sunday! I made her tell me about it because I told her that if she can't tell me about it, then it is still too hard for her to comprehend; that reading is about more than just reading the words. As with most kids, she wasn't thrilled with having to summarize it for me, but once she got into it, she kept telling more & more. She said something like, "She only said one bad word, s-t-u-p-i-d." I remember that word from when she was reading part of it to me, so we discussed it and how it wasn't appropriate, etc. I like that it's written in diary form because Gracie loves writing in her "diary." Of course, I tell her that Mommy needs to read her diary and that I hope she'll always want to share it with me. I'm all for her having privacy~but only to a degree. Another post for another time.
Does anyone else have suggestions for chapter books for 5 1/2 year olds? She's past the beginner reader type books and is ready for "real" ones. I'm thinking about the Pippi Longstocking books also. I think she'd like those.
*Mary Beth & I may be going to a nearby town this weekend to shop for Miss S a wedding gift. She's registered at Williams Sonoma. LOVE that store!
*The pants I'm wearing are loose today. Not sure why, but I sure am glad! This doesn't happen very often!
*I gotta go work on the books I'm making. I think I have the books for the aides almost ready to be laminated so I better get those to the shop. I sure hope they turn out well!