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eight

So you're 8.  And a few weeks because I've apparently been too crazy to remember to write this.  But!  I made it through your year of 7 without losing all my marbles.  (Refer to last year's post.)

You're in 2nd grade!  You've made so much progress in the last year.  Reading is smooth sailing now.  We still read to y'all before bed but sometimes we reverse the roles.  I'm happy to have made it through the excruciatingly slow reading stage.  You also were finally tested for GT, and you got in!  I wasn't sure what you'd think of it, but so far you're a fan.  I love that your teacher mentioned that she didn't expect y'all to finish some assignment because you've finally found someone who speaks your language.  You have 2 main teachers this year--that's a first.  You enjoy them both.  Your science fair project was about density this year.  We let you incorporate a little craftiness into it with food coloring.  Always artsy, you.

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2018 reads

I've apparently not kept good records of these this past year.  I read so much to the kids that I end up not reading much for myself.  I'm going to try to change that this year.  More books, less internet. 
So for 2018:
The remaining Series of Unfortunate Events (maybe 8-13?)The Yellow EnvelopeCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryCharlie and the Glass ElevatorJames and the Giant Peach (again)George's Marvellous Medicinethe first Wollstonecraft Detective Agency bookand bits and bobs of several others for myself

six years! (the boy edition)

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And you’re 6! And I’m late at writing this! I have no excuse (but plenty of excuses). While your birthday was on Tuesday, we celebrated this past Sunday with a pool party in the neighborhood. That was your first choice of venue. And after some discussion, I convinced you NOT to do a Mario party for the second year in a row. Unfortunately for me, you chose Kirby. A theme that has absolutely nothing premade. As someone on Pinterest said, it was a whole lot of me drawing Kirby on things. It was a cute theme, though. Lots of pink. And folks had fun so that was good. You again didn’t want cake but doughnuts. There’s a place near here that makes them decorated more like cookies so you even had Kirby doughnuts.

You’re about to start 1st grade in a few weeks. Kindergarten just flew by. You did great! You have an excellent accent when you speak Spanish. Your reading level is at least a year ahead of where you need to be. You’re good at math. You are in GT. Absolutely no worr…

seven

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Girl.  Seven.  I'm going to just throw it out there that I may be crazy for the next year.  Seven was when my whole world changed.  I look at you now and think of me when I was your age.  So young to lose a parent.  I'll cross my fingers and knock on wood and say all the chants to the universe that you don't ever know what that's like.  And then I'll move on to happier things.


You're in 1st grade!  You're doing fine.  Reading hasn't come effortlessly to you but we're working on it, and you've made progress.  You definitely still love it when we read to you two before bed.  We've gotten into "The Series of Unfortunate Events."  Y'all LOVE THEM.  We're also working on incorporating more math into our daily life (for both of you).  It's fun to see that developing as well.  You like doing experiments with the science kits, and your science project this year was Lemon Volcanoes.  I think you still love art the most.  You are…

2017 reads

Oh, my.  So two books in a whole year?!  The Handmaid's Tale and The Shack.  And both of those were read by March.  Hmm...did I really not read more?  Or is it that I have about 900 books that I've started and never finished?  Or that I've read like 7 books in the Series of Unfortunate Events with the kids and I don't count those.  Who knows.

5 years! (the boy edition)

Oh, my tiny love.  You are five!  Technically, you'll be 5 in a few hours but still...  You celebrated yesterday with a Super Mario party at the jumping place.  It was a good time that was low stress for your poor mommy.  And today you're at space camp.  I'm so excited to hear how the day went!

It's a time for changes right now. You had your last day of daycare last Thursday.  Then you start kindergarten in 3 weeks!  I can't believe it.  I'm actually pretty thrilled that you and your sister will be in the same place again.  You're going to be in the dual-language program, and I'm so jealous.  Maybe I'll go through elementary school with you.  I'm sure you won't mind.  I'm looking forward to see how much you learn and how you change.  You've done so well at daycare this past year.  You can sound out some words and know a few sight words.  You're a pretty smart kid.

You're also a great friend.  We had a birthday party to attend…

six

Dear daughter, you are six.  I was actually with you at lunch today right when it happened.  I walked with you to the restroom, and when we were walking back I saw that you had actually turned 6 five minutes earlier.  I mentioned it to you (since you had been asking when exactly your age would change), and you happily skipped back to the table singing about being 6.  That is pretty much you these days.

So yeah, school.  You started kindergarten this year.  It has been quite the adjustment for me.  You and your brother are both so busy, and this is our first year where you two are going to school in different places.  With very different schedules.  My work has been very flexible, and I think I finally have it figured out.  You started off so well with school.  I must admit I was worried a bit.  You had been with your old friends for so long and aren't quite as outgoing as your brother.  Plus, you know, the actual change from daycare to actual school.  You did fine, though.  As the…