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06:20 pm: much belated update
Teddy finished both his kindergartens - Montessori and public - with mixed feelings. He'll miss his public kindergarten teacher, Mrs. B., enormously. He was very lucky to get such a wonderful teacher who was such a good fit for him. Rules prohibit us from giving a nontrivial gift, though we pitched in with other parents for gift cards for Mrs. B. and her two assistants, but Teddy wrote her a lovely note (mine was just as heartfelt but I doubt she found it quite as moving).

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We joined the Longmeadow library's summer reading program, as we did last year. Teddy likes the ice cream social that kicks off the event (if not the rollerskating party that ends it). In 6 days, he filled his entire reading journal (58 books). Peter took him to turn it in (and had to put Teddy's code on 58 raffle tickets - oops!). Teddy got to pick 5 or 6 prizes (whistles and tops and other small toys) and got another journal page.

Now, 5 days later, he's only read 12 books. Oh well - I don't think his previous rate would have been sustainable once camp started anyway.

I'd given him a set of Geronimo Stilton books (13 of them) as a graduation present (along with the Lego Knight Bus), most of which he plowed through quickly. At his age, every 20 pages of a chapter book counts as a book in his journal, so each of the Stilton books counts as 5.

Nevertheless, he read* over 1,000 pages in 6 days! What a kid!

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My company held our delayed Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day last week. Participants found out the day before that it was not going to be the same as previous years, which was basically Dump Your Progeny at Work and Get to Some Meetings Day. This year, the kids had a couple of hours of activities - which parents/sponsors were strongly encouraged to attend - and the balance of time was not occupied. So there was some scrambling around.

Teddy had a good time. I was proud to overhear him tell the other kids "My Mom says I can't run around in the halls, so [do some spying, which was their chosen activity] and come back here!" There was a great deal of noise and mayhem; Teddy participated without adding to the brouhaha.

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Peter and I had an appointment on Friday and no babysitter, so we left Teddy at Kid Stuff for the day, which another parent had recommended. (Teddy had been before to play, but we'd not left him in their care.)

As always happens when I leave him someplace new, I had pangs. Part of me wanted to scoop him up and take him away, to keep him with me (and never let him grow up! NEVER!). But I didn't. I left him there. :sniffle:

And he was fine. More than fine. He had a great day. He was fine when I left (some other departures have involved clinging and sniffles, but not that one) and fine when I picked him up... except that he didn't want to leave. He wanted to spend more time in the habitrail.

Yesterday, he told me "I did it! I conquered my fear! I went to the top of the playscape!"

And so he did.

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Teddy has science classes this week, then camp for 4 weeks (8:30-4 every weekday) after that. Before I know it, the summer will be over. Didn't summers used to last forever?

* Or was read to. That counts too. But I figure that was less than 200 of those pages.

Current Location: Longmeadow
Current Mood: okayokay


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Date:July 4th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)

How awesome!

Every single part of this post. Awesome. :)
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Date:July 5th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)

aw shucks!

Thanks! I'm pretty delighted with my kids these days, I have to admit... though he still definitely has moments/hours/days of being a pill too.
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Date:July 5th, 2011 11:54 pm (UTC)

Re: aw shucks!


wishful thinking!
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