Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Headache central

The ride home from school more often than not brings on conversations like this one.

"Mommy, Miss P had to get some medicine from Miss C today."

"Really, sounds like you kids may have been giving her a headache."

"On no Mommy that is not true."

A few seconds later the real truth comes out.

"Well maybe we were."

Nineteen four year olds, one room, six hours would make me have a headache too.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Robot Zack reporting for class.

Zack has been bugging Kris lately about wanting to build a robot. Of course we have no idea where the idea came from or even what kind of robot he wants to build. All we can tell you is several times we have gotten a talking to about taking him to Lowes or Home Depot to buy the stuff to build a robot.

Today on the ride home from school he brought it up again. Only this time he let it be known that he wanted to build a robot so he didn't have to go to school. I asked him how building a robot was going to make it so he did not have to go to school. He said he wanted to build it and take it to school. Alright I will admit it, I just was not getting what he was trying to tell me.

I asked him again how was building a robot going to keep him from going to school. I asked if the robot was going to lock the doors to his school so no-one could get in. He rolled his eyes at me and said "No Mom a robot won't lock the doors to the school or anything like that, I could just build him and take him to school and I can leave him there when I stay home."

Seriously the kid is four! Where does a four year old get the idea to build a robot to replace him at school so he could stay home?

...And on that note, I will tell you that I am afraid already of his teenage years.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kiki reappears

Our friend Kiki the Elf showed up yesterday. Zack wanted to know how Kiki knew we would be getting out the Christmas decorations yesterday because Kiki was hiding in the room where the decorations are kept.

When we went to get out the decorations from the closet, Zack ran into the room. At first he ran right passed Kiki, never even glanced in his direction. When I told him he needed to get out of the way so I could move something to get the closet door open, he stood next to the dresser. It took a second before he realized Kiki was there and boy did he start jumping around. He was all excited that his little elf came back again this year to see him.

This morning he woke up and he wanted to go check on Kiki. We looked in the spot he was yesterday but he wasn't there. There is nothing like two adults and one child walking around the house calling for a magical elf. It is certainly not like he will answer us but still we had to make it known we were looking for him. About 15 minutes later he was finally found sitting between some things that were on the mantle. That little elf is so magical that one four year old boy wants to know how he can get out of one room and into the living room. After all he does not have wings. The whole magical thing is throwing off my logical child. Hopefully within the next month that Kiki is here to visit us we can get Zack to understand that sometimes things can not be explained.

*Kiki is and Elf on the Shelf that was introduced to our household last year, you can read about it here.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving.

On this fine Thanksgiving Day my dearest child and I had a serious conversation this morning.

"Mom why can't we have a drain for SNOT?"
"A what?"
"Why can't we have a drain for the snot to come right out of us."
"What kind of drain are you thinking about?"
"One like a rain gutter of course. It can make the snot come right out."
"Well were do you suppose the snot would come out from."
"I think maybe my hole (pointing to his belly button) or maybe down by my toes."
"Well maybe you could invent something"
"Hey Mom, Did you know snot melts in the sun?"

I gave up, I really don't want to know if he tried it out or if it was just a theory.

So on that note I have to say on this Thanksgiving day I am grateful for the conversations I have with my son, if it weren't for him I would have lost my imagination a long time ago.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What is real and what is not real?

Zack and I were watching television tonight. A commercial came on that had balloons and a waterfall and I think it may have been for perfume I am not really sure.

He looks at me and says "Mom that is not real."
I asked him how he knew it wasn't real and he replied "Mom things on television are not real."

Now this would have been a great revelation had a toy commercial not come on just as he was saying that. Just as the words came from his mouth I heard "I want that." Anyone who knows me knows I could not leave that one alone. I said "But you just told me that things on television are not real so that can not be real so you can not have something that is not real." At that I got 'the look' and he told me that all toys on television are real and he wants that.

With that I am to conclude that anything that is not sold to the under 10 years of age group can not be real.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Off Switch

When I picked Zack up from school today the sun was shining brightly in the sky. Apparently by the time we had walked to the truck, gotten in, buckled up, and drove across the parking lot Zack had enough of that big ol' ball of flames.
"Hey Mom."
"Yes Zack."
"Is there an off switch?"
"An off switch? An off switch for what Zack?"
"The Sun, it is just to bright and I can not see a thing!"

So if anyone knows where the off switch it, Zack would surely like to know.

Parent Teacher Conference

I had my first parent teacher conference with Zacks teachers a few weeks ago. I swear he was just born and here I was attending a meeting with a teacher. How quickly time has flown by.

He is doing great in school, both the teacher and the assistant let me know Zack is the third teacher in class. He helps anyone that needs help. He knows the schedule and the routine so he is always reminding the teachers that it is time for ... centers, recess or whatever. He gets along with everyone for the most part. There are a few boys who like to play rough and they are getting on his nerves with their rough play everyday. They tell me once he has had enough of them, he walks away and goes to play something else but if he needs to he defends himself.

Since school started they have tested each of the children to see what they know in the form of letters, numbers, colors, shapes, sight words and they touched on writing their names. He tested higher than anyone else. He is exceeding their expectations.

Through out the year they plan on giving him more advanced homework then the others are getting. They are going to be doing more with words and recognizing the spellings of words. They want to challenge him a little but not so much that he gets frustrated.

I have to say I am so proud of him because he is doing so well. He has come a long way from the first few weeks of crying, screaming and kicking when being dropped off.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Literacy Night

Last night Zack begged me to take him to school because they were having something going on. I checked with his teacher and they were having a Literacy night which is the parents learning from the teachers ways to help their kids with reading.

Since Zack is only in Pre-K, I know they are not reading yet so I had no idea what they would be doing but we went anyway. They had some alphabet cards for the kids to take home, some sight words (certain words on papers that the kids could memorize and know whenever they saw them) and a write on wipe off sheet for the kids to practice their writing. Since Zack knows his letters and the sounds they make they showed me a different way to use the alphabet cards with him. When he looked at the sheet of sight words, I pointed to 4 of those words and asked him if he knew them. He proceeded to tell his teacher those words. I think she was a bit shocked because so many in his class are still having a hard time picking out their own names and here he is knowing some words by looking at them. I let her know that each night when we read, I will stop at some easy words and we sound out the words so he is picking up on them.

I have to say I was very disappointed in the fact that no one else but Zack and I showed up from his class! Here these teachers are coming in on their own time to help our children get ahead and no one could take the time to come and see what it was about. As Zacks teacher said "the one child who doesn't really need this is the one to show up, the ones who could benefit the most never show up." It is sad that not enough parents could attend.

Monday, November 15, 2010

His own hun...

Zack: Mom I am going to marry my own hun someday.
Me: Your own hun?
Zack: Yeah my own hun when I am big.
Me: Oh really and what is your huns name going to be?
Zack: I don't know yet.

I guess Kris and I have shortened the word honey one to many times.