Friday, December 12, 2014

“Mama, come get me later tomorrow.”

Blogging has been slow of late since we haven’t really been out and about...so I thought I would do a little update on Anna and her school life. There is a lot of good things to say :)
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Anna is 4 3/4 years old now and she just loves school! She loves being at school, playing with her friends, listening to teachers, following instructions, earning stickers on her “good-behavior” card, doing craft, doing new things, and learning new things. Her social skills have developed so well this past few months. She’s friends with all the girls in her class and talks about them often at home.

This is all very exciting for me because as you know, Anna was never a fan of school (or I think she has always liked school alright, but just not OK with the drop-off). She was never one of those kids who runs off to school. In fact, up until recently, taking her to school was one of the most annoying moments in my daily life. But then -- magic happened -- it was like something clicked, the stars aligned, and the tears suddenly stopped. She smiles happily as she walks into the classroom and yells, "Hi!" to everyone. The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke, but it has been consistent since.

It's so awesome to see her finally enjoying a whole day of school. Her teachers are pleased with her and so happy....for ME. We make discreet eye contact and smile at each other. Haha.

Anyway, Anna is doing very well academically too, according to her teachers. I didn't write about the parent-teacher conference that happened back in October, but her teachers had so many positive things to say about Anna. Her curiosity, her eagerness to learn, her smart questions. They said, "You can just tell that Anna has been read to at home." That comment alone almost brought tears to my eyes :)

Nowadays we are working on reading. Her school sends phonics storybooks home and we are supposed to have her read to us. So every night after the dishes are done, Anna and I sit down to read. To be honest, it can be painful reading with her ("What do you mean you don't know this word, you just read it on the other page!" or "Try to SOUND IT OUT!"), but I try to remind myself not to be all tiger mom about it. I know whatever she learns right now is "bonus" and she will be more than well prepared for public school Kindergarten next year.

Anna goes to school 5 days a week, from 9am to 4:45pm. At the end of the day, she's pretty tired and she falls asleep easily at 8pm.

So on the weekends, I am mostly fine with just staying home. A lot of time, playing with her little brother ends with both of them hitting one another, but when Will goes off to nap, she gets a chance to play by herself quietly.

She then blossoms into this wonderful, happy, imaginative, focused child. She makes little notebooks and decorates them with stickers. She writes letters, draws pictures, and makes cards for me to find. She organizes picnics for her little figurines and builds them a city.

Of course, she's also very happy when we give her Kindle time or a movie. I don't mind technology as long as it is in moderation. I think it's great that she can figure out a new game easily or understand a complicated storyline.

So all in all, Anna is doing wonderful and being her Mama is a total pleasure.

4 comments:

  1. She's adorable. I'm glad she has taken a liking to school!

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  2. Yay! Glad she's also liking school now. Definitely takes a load off your back!

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    1. Totally! I am so relieved! Hope this lasts when she goes to official Kinder in September.

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  3. Still blows my mind that she's not just okay with school, but actually enjoys it. Poor little girl, little does she know what awaits her next year.

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