June 11th, 2010Musings
It’s official – it’s summer at our house. It’ll be great to sleep in a bit more, forget about spelling tests, and just enjoy ourselves for a few weeks (10, to be exact, but who’s counting?)
While my son is out of school, I’ll be able to focus a bit more on this site, in hopes of having all sorts of stuff ready by the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. I’ll finish up party idea pages, post some resources and pictures of various projects, and things liek that. Watch this space!Tags: end of year, planning, summer
June 9th, 2010Musings
We’ve only got two more days left in the school year here, and excitement is mounting – and not just among the kids! I’ve been working with my son’s teacher to put together a fun, low-key day for Friday, in hopes of keeping everyone happy and sane. School is only in session for 4 hrs that day, which does help!
My son’s class will be watching a movie, doing class awards, some reflecting (his teacher has a “looking back”-type survey for them to fill out: My favorite subject this year was… My best friends this year were…), and, of course, there will be snacks.
When I dropped by the room late last week, the teacher gave the kids an overview of the last day, including sharing with them that they’d be seeing a movie. Needless to say, it was interesting to hear what some kids suggested for the day’s film. I’ll start by saying, what they will be watching is some portion of Planet Earth. This thrills my son, as he’s an animal lover and nature freak, but some kids weren’t so thrilled. What did they want to see? Coraline (a movie that scares even me, it looks so creepy), Avatar, and Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. While I have nothing against any of these (well, except, maybe Coraline), it surprised me how many of them went for slightly creepy &/or violent films. It’s made me wonder if I’m more strict about what I allow my son to watch? (Full disclosure: he’s got Transformers and Transformers 2 memorized.) Maybe I’m not so much strict as just not convinced my son needs to know all about Tim Burton yet? Frankly, I thought they’d all ask for one of the Harry Potter movies – I know it’s what I’d pick if I was given a choice.
While they watch the movie, the kids can look forward to homemade goodies from our fabulous parents – we’ve got cupcakes, cookies, Rice Krispy teats, popcorn, juice, and bottled water coming in. I tried to steer people toward sending in more healthy snacks, but hey, I’m making cupcakes, so I don’t have much room to talk, do I?
If I had all the time in the world, I’d make Star Wars cookies using my new cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma, but instead I think those will have to wait until next year. I guess this gives me all summer to perfect my icing piping skills! (They’ll also be a great “kick off summer” surprise for my son. I can’t wait to get baking!)Tags: end of year, movies, Parties, planning, snacks
June 1st, 2010Musings
Where has the year gone? As I write this, many friends’ children in other parts of the country are out of school, or are getting out this week. We’ve got 8 more days to go here, but who’s counting?
The year has gone quickly for me, and no doubt some of this has come as a result of my “room momming.” Now I’ve got one more party to plan, one more field trip to help pull together, a school picnic/carnival to attend, and then summer can begin. (Oh, for the days when school never went past Memorial Day…)
While I look forward to being free from my weekly room mom duties and enjoying some downtime, I’ll also be using the time to bring my thoughts together, do some organizing, keep blogging and tweeting, and get myself ready for next year.Tags: end of year, field trips, Parties, planning