Getting Ready for School

Last Friday we took Cutie Pie to his preschool open house.  He got to meet his teacher who just so happens to be Wildman’s golf instructor.  She is absolutely wonderful!  Cutie Pie’s classroom is super cute and filled with all sorts of fun things to do and see.  I cannot believe that tomorrow is the first day of school for both boys!  The summer has truly flown by.

Today is Cutie Pie’s baseline assessment for pre-kindergarten.  Wildman and I are dropping him off for a 40-minute session with his teacher.  I’ll probably end up taking Wildman to Starbucks for a special treat while we wait for Cutie Pie to finish up.

Wildman’s 1st grade open house is today as well.  At 3 PM we’ll head over to the elementary school to meet his new teacher and check out his classroom.  Wildman will be in a split 1st/2nd class instead of a traditional 1st grade.  Half of the children in the class are second graders and half are first graders.  I’m not familiar with this sort of class setup so we’ll be learning as we go!

Also on schedule for today:

  • Returning our mountain of library books- the summer reading program is over for another year
  • Grocery shopping for lunch items to pack in the boys’ new lunch boxes
  • Picking up a prescription
  • Cleaning the house

Stay tuned for more back-to-school photos…


Publix Math Night

Tuesday was Math Night at our local Publix.  Wildman’s entire school was invited to attend the event from 4-6 PM.

We were greeted by lots of teachers from the elementary school as soon as we went inside.  Each grade had a sheet of math problems to complete based on things found in the store.  Wildman grabbed his clipboard right away and was off to work on his five questions.

How much do you weigh? (54 lbs.)

What is the shape of a soda can? (Cylinder, I don’t have a picture of this…)

How much do Publix brand hamburger buns cost? ($1.23)  Clearly we hadn’t found them yet when I took this photo 🙂

How many letters are in the first name of the sandwich maker at the deli counter? (5, her name was Jenny)

How many different kinds of Teddy Grahams are there?  What is your favorite? (4 and Honey)

After Wildman turned in his completed worksheet he got to ring up a bag of ice for my wine tasting party!  So cool!

This fun event is just one more reason why I love Publix and I love Wildman’s school!!!

Teacher Appreciation

The preschool mom’s rotate doing a little appreciation gift for the 11 teachers and 1 director at Wildman’s school.  I volunteered to take on the task for November not having any idea what to do.  Usually, I have something in mind when I sign up for a thing like this.  This time I had nothing.  There are all sorts of crafts/recipes/trinkets that you can come with for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, etc.  Thanksgiving is kind of tricky.  I wasn’t up for making a boat load of turkeys or cornucopias…

I presented my dilemma to Steph last night at the little birthday dinner I hosted for our friend, B.   It turns out that Steph was having a similar issue with the nurses’ appreciation lunch that she was planning at work.  She had done a bit of searching on the Internet and came across an adorable paper pumpkin lantern idea that she thought would make perfect place cards when tags were added. I thought I could use this craft for the preschool teachers also.

Well, this morning I started experimenting with strips of paper and ribbon based on the pumpkin she’d described last night.  Here’s my prototype:

Please excuse the photo quality.  I’m using an ancient camera from my father-in-law.  It’s a total beast.

I think I need to add more strips of paper.  I used 12 strips in the prototype but I may need to up the count to twenty or more.  But, overall, I’m pleased with my pumpkin lantern.  What do you think?  Would you like me to post a tutorial?