It is the kid’s last day of school and to make it extra special, it is Carter’s last day at Patterson! Next year he will be off to middle school. To wrap up their time in elementary school, Carter’s class took the traditional trolley ride before school and a farewell ceremony after school. After all of the official school activities wrapped up, Carter went over to join his old classmates to remember Grace Dudich.
We finally made it to the first day of school! The summer of COVID has come to an end and now we hopefully return to some familiar school activities. The kids are pumped and ready to get back to school.
Yesterday we wrapped up some last-minute shopping at Ikea to get their desks set up. Both of the kids picked up a pet plant to watch over and take care of during the school year. Emery was lobbying for a pet fish but we all agreed a plant would be better this year.
This morning we did the standard first-day pictures outside but then it was back inside to start remote learning. It took a while to get both of them logged in but the internet and zoom seem to be holding up.
Patterson had their annual science fair this week. Carter’s first project was an attempt to grow mold but the mold never came. I think our storage area was a bit too cold. Plan B was to melt ice which turned out to be a fun little project. We were surprised to find that the hot sauce does not melt anything! Carter did such a great job writing everything up and explaining it to the judges.
This week was a tough at the Wassmer household. I had to travel and Julie went back to work. This of course means that Emery had to start school at Goddard. Emery appears to be adjusting nicely to her new atmosphere at school. She is continues to be a full-time smiler and loves it when big brother comes to visit during the day. Here are some pics from the first day.
Another big week for our little man. Carter started preschool this week at Goddard. He was moved into the “big kid” room across the hall and now gets to do cool things like play on the big kid playground, play with big kid toys, and most importantly learn a ton more about everything. As you can see from the picture he was super pumped to go class on Monday. He talked about it all weekend and continues to talk about it every day!
We got a very nice status report from Carter’s school today. Miss Pat and Miss Adalys wrote:
Language And Literacy: Carter is a very quiet and observant child but is very responsive to his care givers when spoken to. He tends to respond with loud laughter or a big smile. Carter also enjoys being read to and is able to focus for long periods of time. He has started to recognize pictures of familiar objects and people. Carter has a favorite game he likes to play at feeding time, which is peek-a-boo. This is when we tend to hear him coo and vocalize different pitches of sounds.
Wellness: Carter has become quite mobile since the end of December. He is now able to roll both directions as well as pushing himself upwards with this hands. This enables him to move around and explore the environment. Carter is also able to move backwards as well as forward. The forward movement is more of a challenge for Carter. These are the gross motor skills we have observed. Through Carter’s mobility, he is able to reach and grab toys, take objects out of a container and hold objects with both hands. Through these, Carter is strengthening his fine motor skills.
The World And Me: Carter can play and amuse himself for short periods of time without our direction. He enjoys other children playing nearby and seems to like watching them, sometimes even trying to interact with them.