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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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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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You were no less excited for the start of kindergarten than you were for preschool. You were confident and ready to walk down the hill with me each day. Your teacher is Mrs. Quiroz and your classroom is full of alligators. This year you've got some louder, older voices in your classroom who came from English-speaking homes so you have to fight a bit more for your voice to be heard. Your biggest excitements are about now being full day as you can't wait to eat lunch with your friends and tak...

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Canaan started preschool 4 on September 1st. (And I started my 4th year at AAI, my first year as Department Chair). He was thrilled to be going to "mommy's school" and excited to visit his classroom. He had met "Miss M" the week before and was a little shy but excited to get to know her. He particularly enjoyed reconnecting with Martina and Lorenzo (from Allouette) in his class. He was talkative and independent, had no trouble separating and only gave us trouble because he wanted to stay when it...

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At four we took the safety lock off of Canaan's door and he now has the freedom to come and go from his room.  This led to some really short naps which led to some further training on his new freedoms.  But we've got it down pretty good now.  He wakes up around 5:45 and quietly goes downstairs by himself.  He colors or plays out at his yellow table until the rest of us emerge from getting ready, around 7am.  If he wakes from his nap and Eden is still asleep, he also know...

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Despite creative, pinterest-inspired activities, Canaan has shown little interest in letters and writing.  I haven't pushed it since he still has lots of time to learn it and he's excited about so many other things!  But a few weeks ago during his solo play time after Eden goes to sleep I just wrote his name on a paper and let him know if he wanted to copy it he could.  He sat by himself at the table and worked.  Here are his first attempts at his name.  For some reason ...

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Dear Canaan,   My sweet boy, the little guy who turned me into a mom, you turned four this past week.  I can't believe how quick you are growing up and how before I know it you'll be going to school with me every day.     Celebrating your life is very important to me because you are one of two very special gifts God gave to your dad and I!  We talk about your birthday for months before hand.  What started as a request from you for a "vanilla cupcake and a cracker" f...

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Canaan has FINALLY learned how to get up out of bed when he needs to go to the bathroom at night and nap times. He has kept his run going for 7 days. So he got his reward. I took him to his first soccer game today. I know, I know, he is almost 4 and this is his first game... take my father of the year award away. But the games are generally played during nap times and when I'm practicing with Cumbre Alta. Today we said screw it and went during nap time.   We had a good time.   Walking ...

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Before I get to preschool I would like to note Canaan's latest saying for my records.  (Mostly because even though he doesn't know what he is saying I like hearing it anyway!)  Last week at dinner Canaan said, "Mommy, you are so stylish.  So stylish and so precious."  He got a good reaction so since then most mornings before I leave I hear, "Mommy, you are stylish and precious."  It's a good way to run out the door!  (I mean, where he ever learned the word stylish f...

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