Blake’s been swimming with our swim club on Wednesdays. It’s been going okay. He loves being in the water, but it’s long and mostly laps. He’d rather swim a bit, play a bit, swim a bit, jump in a few dozen times, then play a lot more. We’d rather him do that too, but the instructor, not so much. We’ll try one more week then decide if this is right for our family. He’s doing well though!
Scott went into Blake’s class yesterday as a mystery reader. These were the clues he provided:
I was once a town crier, a lifeguard, paper boy and worked in a corner store.
After the first clue no one had any idea who they were talking about, but they knew it was a dad not a mom.
I have visited or lived in over 25 countries around the world.
Declan and Lucas were pretty sure that it was their dad.
Christmas is my favorite holiday, followed closely by Halloween.
A lot of kids thought this might be their dad, including Blake.
I love to eat chocolate chip cookies, ice cream and chicken wings, but not all together.
At this point Blake shouted, “It’s my dad!!!!”
I love to play many sports, but especially rugby and ice hockey.
“YES!,” He screeched, “I was right!”
He read a beautiful book, Because I’m Your Daddy to the Kinder Kids, and they really liked it!
A fish lives in it
And up in the sky
The sun is a star too
Colorful and Striped
Appears after a thunderstorm
A Silly Poem
The day I fell off the trampoline
There were no holesSnow Man
Knows the time like a clock
Loving as a heart
Strong as weights
Stubborn as a knot
Our school is crazy with poetry these days. Kids are reading, writing, listening to and speaking poetry. We also have four visiting poets in our school, including Kenn Nesbitt. Kenn is the 2014 Children’s Poet Laureate. He writes goofy, crazy, silly poetry that the kids love! He visited Blake’s class today and shared some poems with the boys and girls. They shared some with him too!!
This afternoon, Scott and I went to a poetry slam where the four poets performed. It was awesome! Afterwards, we went out for Indian food with them. On a school night!
We had a playdate with Zoe last week.
ONE of the activities we had planned was this: Excavating Blake’s toys from an ice block. Earlier that we filled a bowl with water and dumped in a ton of toys and froze it!
We also had baseball, clay, and a flaming tea bag experiment all ready to go. Not to mention just playing together with Blake’s normal every day stuff.
Zoe came over for 2 hours and after a little school playground time and a snack they started hacking on the ice. An hour and a half later they had rescued about 3/4 of the toys and Zoe’s mom was there ready to pick her up.
These two were determined to beat the iceberg and my gosh, they were focused.
Blake was selected as the scientist of the week. This was a huge honor because he is the very first kid chosen.
We took home the science kit bag, full of experiment ideas and science-y materials. I wanted to pull out the old baking soda and vinegar volcano trick, but Blake really wanted to do something he hadn’t done before.
We learned a little bit about the fat and proteins in milk with this trick.
First you smile big for the camera.
It’s cool how frequently my work life and my home life intersect. At least I think it’s cool. It’s not for everyone, I get that, but for me it’s awesome.
Scott did a presentation this morning for our parent community and all day long parents have been popping into my office to tell me how well he spoke. That’s cool.
I was chatting with our school counselor today about a unit we will be teaching on cyber-bullying and a little man who was going to the bathroom right next door heard my voice and shouted “Hi Mommy,” as he walked by. That’s also cool.
And this afternoon I was leafing through one of my fifth grade student’s digital photo portfolios and I found this photo under a colour study called Blue. She named it Blissful Blake in Blue.