Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. A few weeks ago my computer broke so I wasn’t able to post anything. But that doesn’t mean lots of fun things haven’t happened in the meantime.
First of all, I will announce the winners of the Toronto Fall Home Show contest. 2 of my Twitter followers @JubleeW and @40somethngbride each won 2 tickets to go visit the Toronto Fall Home Show this passed weekend. I hope they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
My children are growing up so fast it is scary. The Princess is now in Senior Kindergarten and we’ve already been to birthday parties galore and they were switched into a bigger classroom due to an addition of 14 new students. There was originally 3 JK/SK classes but they got amalgamated into 2, going from 15 kids in one class to a whopping 29. The parent reps threw a “Healthy Breakfast Party” where all the parents and children got to come to school early and have breakfast together and see the new classroom. She is loving school, and making new friends. This morning however she had a bit of a breakdown. I had just finished dropping her off, and was turning around to go for my morning walk with the Rainbow when I heard my little girl screeching and crying.
“Moommmmmyyyy,” she wailed, tears running down her face. “I want to stay home with you.”
“Oh Honey, I know you do but you have to go to school and learn.”
“But I want to come home with you! I love you so much.”
“I love you too Boo Boo.”
I walked her back to the door and her teacher complimented her outfit and that was all it took for her for her to go in the school. Typical girl.
Our Rainbow is doing really well too. He is now 3 months and weighing in at 17.1 lbs. He had his first laugh a few weeks ago and has recently discovered his toes and ears. He is also moving around. I’ll put him down for a nap in one position and he has somehow turned himself into a completely different one. This morning while he was playing on his play mat, I walked into the other room to get the Princess dressed for school and when I came back, he had twisted himself up into some acrobatic move with his legs in the air. I feel like it won’t be too much longer before he is crawling if not running around my house keeping me on my toes.
Lastly, we attended a friend’s wedding in Quebec and both kids had a great time getting dressed up, riding a train and staying in a hotel. Hubby and I however determined that for the next wedding, maybe it would be best to leave the kids with a sitter. I never thought how difficult it would be to get 4 people dressed and convince the two youngest to stay clean.
I first read ‘The Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen when I was in grade school. It was first published in 1987, and since then has been a classroom staple in the years following. A story of survival, young Brian weathers the wilderness for 54 days after his plane crashes. In his time there, he deals with how to survive, the death of the pilot and all the troubles in his home life. This is the first in a 5-book series and is definitely worth a read, especially if you have school aged children.
Numerous studies have been done on the benefits of reading and children’s success in school. Reading to children can help their ability to speak properly using correct grammar, can give them knowledge about things they didn’t otherwise wouldn’t know about, creates social skills by allowing them to talk about a book and what they thought, it enhances hand and eye coordination and not to mention it’s just fun! So to celebrate going back to school, for the month of September, I will be posting some of my favourite children’s books, ranging from baby to early readers to pre-teens. I hope that you will all suggest some of your and your children’s favourites. Also, if you are an author of children literature, feel free to message me about having your books featured!
Don’t Bring Camels In The Classroom
By Kenn Nesbitt
Don’t bring camels in the classroom.
Don’t bring scorpions to school.
Don’t bring rhinos, rats, or reindeer.
Don’t bring mice or moose or mule.
Pull your penguin off the playground.
Put your python in a tree.
Place your platypus wherever
you think platypi should be.
Lose your leopard and your lemur.
Leave your llama and your leech.
Take your tiger, toad, and toucan
anywhere but where they teach.
Send your wombat and your weasel
with your wasp and wolverine.
Hide your hedgehog and hyena
where you’re sure they won’t be seen.
Please get rid of your gorilla.
Please kick out your kangaroo.
No, the teacher didn’t mean it
when she called the class a “zoo.”
Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from The Aliens Have Landed! published by Meadowbrook Press.
Princess has officially completed her very first year of school. Hard to believe that this school year has come and gone. And not without its fair share of bumps. The beginning of the year was rough, with Hubby and I contemplating whether or not we should keep her in. I’m glad we did. It took some time, but she toughed it out and came out the better.
She made lots of friends, received Student of the Month, had her very first school dance, went on a school trip and received her first library card. Her strength in math and science has really shone through. She is able to do simple math in her head which makes me want to take refresher courses in math since it is definitely not my strong suit.
It has been a busy 9 months for her. School, dance class with a recital and a new baby brother, she has taken everything in stride. Hubby and I are so very proud of her and all that she has accomplished this year and as she enters Senior Kindergarten next year, we are hoping for bigger and better things for her.
Today the Princess had her very first school dance. The dance was for the fundraising the children had done to raise money for their school’s physical education program, with partial proceeds going to their sister school’s healthy snack program. It was a “Hollywood” theme and the children were encouraged to dress up. There was even a mini red carpet for them to walk down with parental paparazzi to take their photo. Needless to say, the Princess posed and I even had one mother tell me I should enroll her in acting classes because she “just loves the camera.” Tell me something I don’t know LOL! The Princess danced the entire time and loved every minute. It was a real joy to watch.
Image c/o cmscomputers.sd33.bc.ca
Every school kid dreams of March Break, that week-long vacation from school and learning. I cannot wait to experience the Princess’ first March Break and all that it has to offer. Here are just a few of the many activities happening from the 9th – 17th that you and your little ones can enjoy!
- March Break at Shops at Don Mills. The Shops at Don Mills have been busy planning activities for everyone to enjoy during March Break. From riding the miniature train, kids yoga, face painting and balloon animals, crafts to music & play, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Simply click the link above for all the activity times and details!
- The Berenstain Bears Live! On March 12th and 13th, The Living Arts Centre is presenting The Berestain Bears Live. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids and there will be juice and snacks provided. Come see what’s happening in Bear Country!
- March Break Dance Camp. Have a lover of dance? Gotta Dance Studios at 3581 Dundas St W are hosting a dance camp from March 11th to the 15th. Ages 3 – 16 are welcome and there will be dance workshops including celebrities from Stomp and So You Think You Can Dance. Register now!
- March Break at the Ontario Science Centre. Does your child enjoy science? Then look no further than the Ontario Science Centre. From Einstein Alive to Cosmic Journey’s, there is something for every one of all ages.
- Sherlock Holmes and the Clock-Maker Mystery. Come to Blackcreek Pioneer Village and take part in solving the mystery based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous character. Tickets are only $15.
I am so very proud to announce that the Princess won Student of The Month for January for Outstanding Teamwork. I picked up Princess from school and I had noticed the teacher had put a blue paper in her bag. I just thought it was another craft. The Princess didn’t say anything about the award and when we got home, I checked her bag and found the award. She had the biggest smile on her face and I was cheering her and texted Hubby right away.
“Are you proud of me Mommy?” she asked.
“I’m so very very proud of you. This is amazing Princess!”
I hung it on the refrigerator and started telling everyone I knew. I am so happy that she won the award especially after the rocky start she had in September. She’s finally hitting her stride and getting comfortable with school. She’s letting that super personality shine through and helping her peers. I know I’ve said it already but I’m one proud Mama!
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Red, yellow, green and brown!
Sing to the tune of London Bridge – this is a poem that was sent home from the Princess’ school