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This year Canaan did a Social Studies project all about the Lakota Indians. One thing I love about Canaan is how much he loves to learn. He can get excited about any random fact and everything from science, to history, to reading is fascinating to him. At 8, he retains it all way better than I do. I'm constantly having to pull out my phone to answer questions about how the moon and tide work, or how the cilia on our lungs die when we inhale cigarette smoke. His teachers this year have said he's ...

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On Canaan's actual birthday we took teepee pudding cups (he decorated and helped with all the steps to these) to his class and celebrated with them. His friend Elina gave him a little craft she had made and he was thrilled. The class got to eat lunch in the classroom with us and they were super excited to show us how they've learned the shuffle and the cha cha cha. Second graders dancing is pretty cute! He also got to celebrate with Living & Learning students, with the birthday song at the s...

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   You lost your first tooth in May 2017 at 7 years old! You went to the nurse because it was hurting and she offered to try to pull it out. You enthusiastically agreed and she wiggled it for awhile but couldn't get it. She told you to just keep wiggling it so you did and no sooner had you rounded the corner from her office but it felt out. You ran back to tell her, full of excitement, and she packaged up your tooth to bring home. (Your next tooth came out shortly after and you ripped ...

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Canaan opted for multiple small celebrations over a big bash. We decorated the table for breakfast and he got crepes. He also had a doorway "trap" which he loves. I walked him to school alone since Eden was sick and took advantage of the sweet opportunity to have 20 minutes to speak into him all of the amazing things I see in him and the beautiful ways God has created him. We talked about the sweetness and kindness he offers everyone, about how he naturally includes and welcomes people, about ho...

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1st GradeConfidentClassroom in the big buildingNo naps!Ready to learn to readTeacher: Mrs. BastidasExcited to have his sister join him at school   Add new comment...

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Since we would be in Quito the whole summer, we thought it would be a good chance to sign the kids up for an extracurricular we don't have time for during the school year. Eden was adamant about starting ballet but it was harder to figure out what Canaan might want to do since he is not very into sports so far. When I saw the flyer for this 3-week music theater camp it seemed perfect. It was in Spanish, a major plus, and it involved rehearsing and putting on a show while learning music theory. H...

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Canaan has had quite a bit of transition this year. His teacher, Mrs. Quiroz started in the classroom 80% of the time because she was still on her lactation leave. She came back full-time around Christmas. Then Canaan's classroom aide was let go so they were given a new aide. (He loved Mr. Samuel, his new aid!) Because Mrs. Quiroz was pregnant again, she left a month early to give birth and Canaan finished his year with a student teacher from Germany, Ms. Steup. Fortunately he is a flexible litt...

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   Career Day in Kindergarten. They each had to make a board showing the various aspects of their chosen profession. Canaan studied hard what it means to be a veterinarian. He loves animals so it was a good pick! He surprised me with how shy he was to answer people's questions about his profession as they milled around. He has had some hip issues, which extreme pain (we think growing pains) that cause him to limp heavily and not be able to walk much. His hip was bad on this day so he c...

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This year we gave Canaan the option between a big party with lots of friends at the house or the choice of 4 friends to take to Mr. Joy's. Mr. Joy's is all he can talk about so it was an easy decision. It was also an EASY win for Nate and I. We did almost zero decoration or prep. Nate picked Canaan, Justin, Micah, Mari, and Anapaula up from school where Eden and I were waiting. The kids attacked the slides and guns and pulleys with gusto while Nate and I talked. (I have to say, not having parent...

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We have a six year old in the house!! Incredible.  Canaan, you continue to be creative and live life largely and loudly all the time. The teachers in rooms across the hall comment that they can hear your laugh above the rest. You embrace almost anything with gusto, whether it be a simple trip to the local park or a new person. You are really interested in languages, particularly Chinese, and enjoy learning about different types of people, cultures and countries. You are full on fascinated w...

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