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08:50 am: Juss the Kindergartener

Yes, hard as it is to believe. It has finally happened. Juss is in Kindergarten! He headed off Tuesday quite bravely but reported upon returning that Kindergarten was boring. Apparently, all they did the first day was talk about what they are going to do. Even in Gym (now called P.E.) You think they would have had the kids run around and throw balls at each other or something. No, they sat and listened to what the year would be like. Juss was excrusiatingly bored.

Wednesday, he got off the bus and, when asked about the day, replied, "Better." I'm hoping that by next week, he'll be enjoying it.

He was annoyed with me for putting in the little write up about his name that Juss came from a book. He wanted me only to tell about "real things". He said.

"I wanted to kepe that a secret. I wanted to tell them about that today. On red day!" 

Yesterday was brown day and, in his opinion, the wrong day for revealing that your nickname comes from a book.

Still, it's so much fun to see him go off...how big he's gotten!  And so weird to have the day all to myself.

Better get about writing!


 



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From:juliet_winters
Date:September 4th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC)

It's great to see how they grow

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Juss sounds like he is settling in. I hope the teachers can handle his giant brain.
In the Johnson household, Ben created, of his own accord, a desk area in his room. He carefully set up pencils and his McDonald's Star Wars toys for ornamentation. He hung up his shirt combos (the better to cover the c.i. case) on the wall for easy choosing.
This was before school started on Tuesday.
Last night was his first homework night. He took his sheets into his room. Settled in at the desk (my old desk from high school days and my mother's before me) and got to work.
Growth -is- good!
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From:arhyalon
Date:September 4th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)

Re: It's great to see how they grow

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Wow!

That is amazing! My kids are not nearly at that point.

My mom bought me a book on teaching older children who are having trouble reading that just happened to be written by a college classmate of hers. It's quite interesting and we had our first lesson yesterday. I gave a lesson to all three boys and then we read books. It was a really nice afternoon. We plan to do this every Wednesday. I hope we can keep it up. It's something I'm sure I'll appreciate in later years. Each boy got 20 minutes of a book he picked. (Ro didn't pick a book of his own, though often he will. Juss picked the Norse God's book and Orville picked West End Game's Star Wars Roleplaying Game. Ack! Not easy out loud reading!) Then, I read them KINGDOM OF CARBONEL, which I loved at age 10. It's such a delightful book. Orville and I have already read Carbonel, a few years ago. So it's so much fun to read the sequel.
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From:juliet_winters
Date:September 4th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)

Re: It's great to see how they grow

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That sounds like a great idea on the reading. It's interesting with the differences between my 2 kids. The daughter would take FOREVER to do her homework, and the writing had to be just so and she had to be coaxed and prodded constantly. She's much better about it now.

The boy has sloppy handwriting but gets right to work and takes correction well but doesn't demand constant input.
I'll take the sloppy handwriting over the obsession with perfection.
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From:annafirtree
Date:September 4th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Kyrie (my oldest) had her orientation on Wednesday and her first day of kindergarten is tomorrow. When I told her to tell her dad what we did for orientation, she said "We looked around, and didn't do much else." She was greatly disappointed that she didn't actually *learn* anything. Hopefully her first real day will be better. Elijah, 4, is sad that he doesn't get to go to school with Kyrie.
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From:arhyalon
Date:September 4th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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I was heartbroken my second day of Kindergarten that we were only learning things I already knew. I wanted to go right to first grade. My mom convinced me to try it a few days more. After that, I liked it just fine. ;-)

Best wishes to your daughter. Hope she loves it.
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From:annafirtree
Date:September 4th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
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I tried to prepare her for possibly not learning much the first day by telling her that what she would be learning was all her classmate's names. :)
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From:juliet_winters
Date:September 4th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
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I went to preschool and kindergarten at a "country day school" which is not as fancy as it sounds.
The discipline was strict. I do remember a child getting his mouth washed out with soap for cussing.
But...
there was a great playground with a giant tree which some kind soul had made into a great fort 20-feet high with wrap around planking and a long slide. It was a pirate ship, a fairy tale castle, a mountain for king of the mountain...whatever we wanted.
There were also ponies in a pen to be petted right on the playground, cheerful dogs, random cats, roosters, goats, and lots of fresh air.
No air conditioning. Snack consisted of two Ritz crackers. Much Kool-Aid.
But we loved it all the same.
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