getting bigger

When I was a teacher, I always told the parents "I don't baby my kids".  Many parents had a major issue with this in the beginning of the year.  They said "but he's so little" "but he's not used to doing this" "but, he's so cute" yadda yadda yadda.  Then most realized that by treating my kindergartners with respect and setting the exceptions high, they grew up.  They grew into learners.  They were ready to take on any, ok most, challenges that were set forth in front of them. 

I know a lot of parents wish their children could stay little forever, me I love looking at how much they have grown.  Don't get me wrong I'm in no rush to be the mother of two teenage boys, but I don't want them to stay little forever. I want them to grow and learn.  To challenge themselves.  To get excited for the next adventure around the corner.  To see themselves as a person who can go and do and be. 

Now that Blake is in school 2 days a week, it is starting to set in how much he has developed in the last few months.  I love stepping back and looking at the new things that the boys can do.  Looking at how much they have grown up and getting excited for what is next.


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 Blake loves to play with Monster Trucks now.  If given a choice he would watch Monster Trucks every time the tv was turned on.  Don't get me wrong he still watches cartoons and other kid friendly shows, but he is fascinated with the monster trucks... and yes he has his favorites


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Blake got a bike from Santa.  He now knows how to ride it without any help.  He knows that he has to have on shoes and his helmet before he can ride.  He likes to ride the little bike that we bought for Colby too.  (Colby was fascinated with Blake's bike so we got one for him too)



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One of the biggest changes I've seen is in his drawing.  He has gone from just scribbling to making things with a purpose.  Here's a picture he drew the other night of a person.  I thought it was pretty good, but I'm bias!




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4 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you!! Being a teacher too, I never babied my 2nd graders either. I also had to deal with the parents who babied their kids and the kids paid the price. Anyway, I love seeing how much Ryan has grown too. Just today we were playing with his Elmo Live and doing "Elmo Says". With my prompting after Elmo said what to do, Ryan was able to follow the directions! I was so excited for him! He is really growing up. I love seeing him take interest in things as well.

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  2. We love the magna-doodle. So fun seeing him draw specific things rather than scribbles. It is amazing the things children can accomplish when given the support, encouragement and opportunity. We can't know what they can do if we sit back and make school work a babied version. I have found even with kids in my grade 7 + 9 classes have gotten in such a habbit of doing the least work possible to pass. It is great to be able to start changeling them at a younger age.

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  3. I think his drawing is wonderful! It's great watching them learn new things!

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  4. He drawing is very good. Better than some of my beginning kindergartners drawings when I used to teach...but I know you know that. I enjoy seeing them learn new things too. Stunt Man is sounding things out so much right now trying to read. I love it.

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