Happy 100th Day of School

I’m having a little bit of trouble believing that the 100th day of school is here already!  Before you know it, I’ll be writing about the last day…

Wildman’s homework for this special day was to place 100 edible things into a bag for snack or “brain break” as his teacher calls it.  He chose Froot Loops.  I poured him a big bowl and asked him to count out 100 before eating the rest for snack.  He quickly made two piles of fifty and scooped them into the bag to take into school.  He was quite eager to down the rest with a little milk as his afternoon snack yesterday 🙂

His second homework task involved cutting out a large number “100” (not forgetting the middle of the zeros) and gluing 100 things to it.  After brainstorming several options, Wildman finally settled on beads for his 100 things.  He also insisted that I fire up the hot glue gun while he counted out 10 piles of 10 beads to glue on his number.  So, that’s what we did.  Even though there are hot glue strings all over the place, I’m happy he chose that adhesive.  It dried super quick and it holds the beads firmly on the cardstock.

Happy 100th Day from our neck of the woods!

First Grade Christmas Program

Wildman’s Christmas program was last night!  Our friends who live across the street from the elementary school invited us over for snacks and drinks beforehand.  It was fun letting our kids play together while we, the adults, chatted about outdoor kitchen ideas, Pinterest and party planning.  We made our way over to the school in good spirits from the red wine and good company.  Our oldest boys were due in to their classrooms at 6:15 pm.

We made our way over to the cafeteria to find our family a little before 6:30 pm.  To our big surprise, Wildman opened the show by reading a couple of paragraphs!  We knew he had a part of the Christmas story but had no idea he was also speaking at the beginning.  That little stinker totally surprised us!  We were all so proud!

Our friends’ son, Pepper, had a speaking part as well!  He rocked it!

T-bone did super too!  Although he managed to accidentally knock down the set on his way to the podium…  🙂

Wildman got all sorts of pats on the head and “atta boys” from people.  Yaya made sure to give him a huge hug on her way out.

This boy of mine continues to amaze me everyday!  I am so very lucky to be his mother.

Field Trip

Yesterday, Wildman’s class joined the other 1st/2nd combined class and the other second grade classes at Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High Auditorium for a 3D interactive show about making healthy eating choices.  I tagged along as a chaparone and got to experience Wildman’s first school bus ride with him.  It’s been his dream to ride a school bus and he totally thinks he is getting robbed by not having to ride one.  I’ve tried to explain to him that he’s extremely lucky to be able to live within walking and biking distance of his school.  He doesn’t believe me 🙂

The show was put on by Kid Power and was really quite entertaining.  It probably wasn’t as exciting as visiting Greenmeadows Farm like the other first graders got to do but it was still pretty darn cool and LOCAL.  Parts of the show were in 3D and parts of the show were in a one-man play format.  It was part musical, part movie, part science lesson and part interactive experience.  The kids loved shouting out their parts from the audience.  One of Wildman’s classmates was even called upon to dance on stage!

After the show we took a couple of pictures with the star then headed over to a local park for a picnic lunch.

Things got a little hairy when another group of three classes from a local school arrived and pretty much took over the park.  It was total chaos for a while.  Lots of kids were climbing trees which is a liability for the teachers.  When a couple of teachers asked the children to get down some moms got very snippy and were disrespectful to the teachers in front of their children.  Ugh!  We ended up packing up our things and leaving early.  It wasn’t worth the risk of someone getting injured falling from a tree or hurting themselves on a too-crowded playground structure.  Our kids didn’t mind leaving early.  They were looking forward to recess on their own playground back at school.

Cutie Pie’s field trip is this morning!  We’re pumpkin patch bound!  🙂

Bake Sale Contribution

We’re getting ready to run out the door to Wildman’s Mad Science Night.  Thought I’d share my bake sale contribution- Purple People Eaters!  Hope the kids like these cute Halloween treats 🙂

Monster Bookmarks for the Star Student

Wildman was star student in his class last week.  The honor meant that he was line leader all week, got to read in the classroom tent with his choice of friends, got to determine which three days the students would eat lunch in their classroom and got to bring in special treats all week for his classmates.  It was a pretty big deal, as you can imagine.

I took Wildman to Target last weekend to pick out healthy snacks to bring in.  He chose hummus with carrots and wheat sticks, apple sauce, string cheese, whole apples, grapes, dried fruit trail mix and granola bars.  I whipped up a batch of yellow cake balls as the one unhealthy but yummy treat of the week 🙂

Wildman’s teacher is a reading fanatic.  She loves to read and is extremely determined to make her students proficient readers as well as lovers of books.  So, I knew that I wanted to make bookmarks for the kids last week as well.  I found directions for how to make cute monster page corner bookmarks here via Pinterest.  The kids loved them!

I’m a total Pinterest junkie nowadays…  I find that I can squander massive amounts of time looking at all the inspiring eye candy!  It’s an addiction.  Help!

Guess Who Came Home for the Weekend?

That’s right!  Buddy, Wildman’s class pet!  The boys could not be more thrilled to have a guinea pig at their house for the weekend.

As far as guinea pigs go, I’d say Buddy is pretty awesome.  I don’t know much about these guys since I’ve never had them as pets or been around them much.  But I’m super happy that he is quiet and does not bite.  The boys have discovered that Buddy loves grapes and have given him a couple each day.

I’m still not a pet person but I’m glad we had this little visitor for a while.  It was fun!

Compost

This is just one more reason to love Wildman’s elementary school.  Wildman does not get much homework beyond reading for 1 hour each week but composting is an exception.  A mom with a passion for gardening has taken on the school grounds in an effort to beautify them.  Already she has spearheaded a butterfly garden, lots of lovely pavered pathways, raised planter boxes, a memorial garden and a sensory garden.  The place is looking pretty amazing.  I’ve noticed a mini greenhouse and a rain barrel too.  The latest project is rallying the entire student body to help with making compost to nourish the plants.  What could be more educational and fun?

So, I’ve dedicated a little black bucket for our compost contributions and the picture shows what Wildman will be taking to school with him tomorrow.  With all of the fresh veggies I’ve been consuming on the South Beach Diet, I have lots of deposits to make!

Happy Friday to you!  I’ll be going to yoga this morning, cleaning my house in preparation for a family birthday party on Saturday, heading to the boys’ flag football game and ending the night at my grandma’s birthday party across town.  I’m looking forward to it all.  Especially since J is coming home tomorrow morning too!

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