This week I was able to observe in Samantha’s classroom as part of the preparation for her first parent/teacher conference. She tells us so much about what she is learning, but it was still nice to see her “in action.” She has a work plan, and for a large chunk of time in the morning she works thru the plan sometimes alone, with a small group, or with a teacher. Here is what the classroom looks like (not her class, but it will give you an idea):
I love that she is really learning, not just completing tasks. There really is a difference. She is learning about how to learn, plan, think critically….I could keep going.
I scheduled the parent/teacher conference for Wed night so that Rahul and I could both go. I finished my Girls TALK lesson, dropped the kids off at the babysitter, and off we went to hear how Samantha is doing. Her teachers (as usual) have no concerns and report that she is an amazing member of the classroom. Always eager to know more, help the younger students, etc. She did know a few girls in the class before the school year started, but she has also made a few new friends.
Thursday and Friday were teacher workdays, so we got to hang out one on one. Yesterday we went to PF Changs for lunch, an Old Navy shopping spree, and afternoon at Starbucks. Oh, we did go by the Social Security office to see about getting a new card in her name but the line was long and I opted to fill out the application at home and come back another day. Who wants to spend a day out of school waiting for a social security card?
Rahul had today off because of the Cub Scouts camping trip (more on that in a bit) so he took Samantha to the State Fair this morning (with the understanding that no animal petting was aloud….every year kids get really sick from attending the fair). I have always known she was a daddy’s girl, but after he won her “Cotton Candy” pictured below, I am sure my PF Chang lunch seemed not so cool 🙂
Now for more on camping. This weekend is the fall Cub Scouts camping trip. Rahul is going with not one, but both of our kiddos….for 2 nights! Yes folks, camping in 30 degree nighttime weather with a bunch of 9-10 yr old boys. Wow, I do love that man. Samantha was SUPER excited when CJ’s sister invited her to sleep in her tent. Marissa, being the youngest of 4 and the only girl, has been camping since she was a baby. So, with thermal underwear, puffy coats, gloves, hats, (and some beer for daddy :-)) off they went after Aidan got home from school today.
You might be wondering what I am going to do with the house to myself for 2 nights….I have a lot of plans! A movie tonight (if I can work the TV and DVD without Rahul here :-)), gardening tomorrow, running with my best running friend, maybe a quiet nap or 2….woo hoo!
Marissa’s mom asked why I was not coming along. She is a den leader and goes to all the camp outs. I explained that I do not pee and poop in holes in the ground, I need running water to brush my teeth at night, and a white noise machine to sleep. Plus, I do not think I have ever slept an entire night in a tent in my entire life. Just out of my comfort zone.
So send warm and toasty thoughts to the rest of my family this weekend. I am sure they will have a blast, as will I!