We had some more visiting authors arrive this month. Lucky us! Steve Jenkins and Robin Page came to talk with all the ES classrooms and art classes. Blake has loved Steve Jenkins books since he was very little. We had a copy of a book called Actual Size by Steve Jenkins that was so loved and so read (by little hands that were not too gentle) that it fell apart and we were lucky enough to pick up another one from an older boy who passed it on to us. More recently, one of Blake’s favourite creatures to learn about are tardigrades and Steve Jenkins featured them in one of his newer books. Anyway Blake is a HUGE fan and was so lucky to spend some time with these two authors.
Blake performed in our Grade 3 – Grade 12 Dance performance. He was brilliant. So smily, so proud, so amazing!
His first dance was to a song from Trolls. He was a blue troll with blue hair (which has still not come out 6 days later) and was super cute.
Can you spot my little blue troll in the back on the left hand side.
The finale was a number from West Side Story. It involved every dance kid in school. It was amazing.
We had a terrific birthday party for Blake on Feb 10 – only 3 weeks after his b-day. The kids met after school and had a huge snack then played on the playground for awhile. Gaga ball is always a hit.
This was the first year we let Blake choose his friends instead of making him invite his whole class (plus their twins and triplets.) Making the list was hard for him and it was nice to see how many children he genuinely wanted to invite. We narrowed it down to 18 (oy vey) and it was such a nice group of kids. In the past we, as teacher parents, had to pull out the teacher voice from time to time and redirect kids away from being goof balls. This party, though big, was full of really, really lovely kiddos. Easy.
We came back to the house after a big play and divided the kids into two groups. Scott and I had gutted our back room and turned it into an escape room. One group at a time went into the escape room to solve the clues and escape the room. We had run several trials in the days leading up to the party and it was taking adults and older neighbours about half an hour. We truly didn’t know how long it would take our third graders. It took them both about 45 minutes with few hints here and there. When the moms and dads arrived to pick up their kids they asked to see how it worked, so we ran it again. Then the bulk of Links children ended up at our door for cake, so we ran it again. So far about 10 groups have gone through it. Worth the effort for sure.
Today is New Years Day in China. Which means that yesterday was New Years Eve, and NYE goes into the wee small hours, even for kids. We woke up around 5:30 and fireworks were still booming everywhere. After such a late night I was sure Shanghai Disney would be nice and quiet. I was wrong, very, very wrong. Still, I had a lovely morning with my boys.