August 22, 2008

No bus news to report...

...because I took her to school today! She wants me to pick her up from school today, too. That's only because she has older kids coming into the class today. She's not so sure about them yet. They 'buddy up' with the kindergarteners and show them around. They also read stories to them and help them with projects and things. Every Friday. These kids totally dote on the little ones and my 5YO doesn't like that kind of attention or audience from someone she doesn't know very well. She's a bit nervous, but I think she'll be fine. I knew change would be hard for her and I was honestly surprised that she'd adjusted to her class and teacher so quickly!
On the middle school front, we had our 'Back to School Night' this week. 12YO has her work cut out for her with a couple of those teachers! I forgot how middle school teachers are usually a bit more eccentric and quirky than the elementary school teachers. She has one teacher that I like to call the 'Pencil Nazi.' (You remember the 'Soup Nazi' from Sienfeld, right?) Well, this lady takes her pencils SERIOUSLY and has quite a few rules in place to keep all things regarding pencils within her control. I think it's funny. This is a good age for kids to start learning about people with quirks and things. She has another teacher who used to be an engineer and then decided to become a middle school math teacher. He's funny. Her P.E. teacher is as energetic as all-get-out and you can tell that he is totally doing what he wants to do with his life. It's nice to see teachers with a passion for what they do.
Besides, it's not as if they're doing it for the money!!!
School seems to be going well. 5YO is still very intent on learning to read very soon. She'll get there, I'm sure. Her homework for the weekend is going to be to read a book that they put together in class to everyone who'll listen. I just know I'll have that book memorized by the end of the day, she'll be reading it so much! There are just a few words on every page and she'll probably be reciting the book more than she actually reads it, but it's a start! I want her to focus on her sight words anyway and this is a great way to begin!
Well, I am off to grocery shop and get back before I have to pick the kids up from school.
Have a great day!


Jessie said...

Yeah I wouldnt mess with that psycho bus driver any more. If you can drive her, then do so.

We meet Ty's teacher today, and I asked my sister if she'd ever heard of the lady because my sis used to teach in this district several years ago, and she said that the lady is "loopy but a true kinder teacher." So good. I hope. Loopy?

Leann I Am said...

I think kindergarten teachers are supposed to be a little loopy! Think about it? They are a breed all their own. They wear long skirts in Crayola colors and big, fun earrings. Kindergarten teachers differ much. Loopy is fine, so long as she loves her job! Find a teacher who likes what they do and the rest doesn't really matter!

Good luck! I'm sure you'll blog about it!

Julie said...

What a great idea to have the older kids mentoring the younger ones! I agree with jessie - if you can take her in the morning, do. Lose the psycho bus driver.

wildtomato said...

I was looking forward to reading another story about the loopy bus driver! Damn!