Sunday, August 28, 2011

A 2nd Grader and a Kindergartener

Can't believe I've got a 2nd grader and a kindergartener this year. There's no way my kids are that old!

We had a little bit of drama surrounding Meet the Teacher - but aside from the blood we're all okay, and the boys are both very pleased with their teachers. We prayed all summer for the teachers that would be the best for our boys...and we thank God already for being faithful, and for the growth and learning and good times that lie ahead of us.

Josiah, bless his heart, is finally figuring out that he's missing out on something. He cried when he realized that he wasn't getting to go to school today too, but was pretty easy to cheer up with the suggestion of wearing his new tennis shoes and new backpack.

After the big decision of which Pocket Secrets to wear (Conner chose his pirate booty and Micah chose his penguin!), Conner walked in like an old pro, quickly stashing his backpack and eagerly diving into the language arts textbook in his desk.
I thought we were never going to get Josiah out of Conner's classroom after he found the stuffed tiger!
Micah's teacher didn't let us into the classroom. She took him at the door, I snapped my picture, gave him a high-five (kisses are waaaay too embarrassing!), walked away, and the tears that I thought I was so doing so good to hold at bay spilled over.
By the time the school day was over, I had one of hose headaches that comes from holding back tears for way too long. ...but my big boy came walking out with this rockin' little hat that he had made. (He's not scowling, the sun's just in his eyes.)
And then Conner came out a few minutes later, reporting an awesome day too. I could have done without the 30 minutes of homework my baby had on the first day of kindergarten...but all in all it was a terrific day!
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Individualizing School Uniforms

School uniforms: Controversial. Boring. Pricey. Uncomfortable. I mean, they do have some not having many decisions to make about what to wear each day, and not having to buy as many articles of school clothing. But what kid, constantly growing and learning, with an ever-developing sense of self wants to wear the same old polo and khaki pants everyday? Not my incoming kindergartener, that's for sure. Something needed to be done...

 Now, there's not much room for a kid to express himself within all the rules and regulations. But I can't find anything about what's inside the pockets. What better place to hide a cool little friend?!

So we got to work. I had my boys choose a few "secrets" (animals, phrases, and other cool items) to put in their pockets. Then I cut them out of heat transfer vinyl with my silhouette, and ironed them into the boys' pockets.

Now they can simply put their hand in their pockets and feel the smooth edges of the "secret" and remember how much their mama loves 'em...or slyly grin about what they're getting away with...or more likely pull their pockets out and show off to their friends!

...and since it's been such an issue at my house...and I wasn't able to find much help - especially for boys, since the accessories aren't as much of an option...I created...Pocket Secrets!
Now there is some excitement about new school clothes in our house, and we may be back to the days of having a hard time deciding which pair of shorts we should wear on the first day of school... :)

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