The Last Day of School

I made it! I successfully navigated both Kindergarten and 4th grade this year. And passed!

That’s right, forget my own advancement from Kindergarten and 4th grade oh-so-many years ago. It really only counts when you participate in your child’s advancement from said grade.

Let’s see. This year in Kindergarten I sharpened my listening skills, towed the line and followed lots of directions, colored, and successfully (well, most of the time) completed 6 worksheets each week for homework.

In 4th grade, I navigated the tricky world of Everyday Mathematics, coerced 30 minutes of reading every night, signed the reading log every morning, and gained infinite knowledge about “wall ball” played at recess.

But the thing I’m most proud of is making a William Hull costume.

Ever heard of William Hull?

Me. Neither.

Just last month my 4th grader came home with his “living wax museum” assignment. All 4th graders had to pick a figure from Michigan history, research the person, memorize a 2-3 minute speech about the person, and then perform the speech while dressed in character. And the costume was part of the grade.

My son wanted Stevie Yzerman from the Detroit Red Wings, but (surprise, surprise!) the teacher’s son picked him first. So my son picked William Hull because they share the same first name.

Turns out he was a revolutionary war hero who became Governor of the Michigan Territory before surrendering Detroit to the British in the War of 1812.

WAKE UP.

So my 4th grader  I had to make a costume for a revolutionary war hero who became Governor of the Michigan Territory before surrendering Detroit to the British in the War of 1812.

SERIOUSLY. WAKE UP!

Long story short, after much Googling, I put my son in his white baseball pants, a white button down shirt, his dad’s navy blue sport coat, and a fabulous wig made with cotton balls, a glue gun, and an old baseball cap.

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Look! It’s William Hull.

I was soooo proud when I got an A!

What was your proudest achievement this school year?

 

Dancing with the Stars

I enjoy watching ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” with Sydney, age 5. Call me girly, but my daughter and I bond over the sequins and frilly dresses.

On Monday’s show, several of the women were wearing skimpy costumes, including  dancer Peta Murgatroyd. I decided to use the skimpy costume as a teaching moment.

“That dress is NOT for little girls or even teenagers,” I said. “Only big girls can wear a dress like that.”

“Oh,” Sydney replied thoughtfully.

Yay! I thought. She gets it.

“You mean young big girls,” Sydney clarified. “You’re too old.”

Hey!

Then I laughed, and she laughed.

I just hope she doesn’t wear a get-up like that to prom.

What have your kids said lately that put you in your place?

 

photo credit: ABC