Monday, August 20, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten - Charlotte

Dear Charlotte,

Just a little over an hour ago, I waved good bye as you blew me one last kiss on your way to Ms. Rhoade's kindergarten class. It wasn't easy, but I tried to give you the biggest smile I could. I really want to write something super elegant that bring a small tear to your eye when you read it many years from now. Instead, every time I start to wax poetic, I get all teary-eyed. And, as you know by now, I'm not one of those "pretty criers" like you see in movies. It's a good thing that just Mary is home right now.

This morning, you showed so much enthusiasm for learning and experiencing new things. You even told me how you were going to greet your teacher, "Good morning Ms. Rhoades! I'm excited to learn something new today!" I hope you maintain your love of knowledge for the rest of your life. It will serve you well as you grow in both mind and spirit.

When I helped you put your uniform on this morning, I was really taken back by how grown-up you are looking these days. Maybe it's the fresh hair cut or the peter pan collar. Or maybe, it's your confidence that you can do anything if you try hard enough.

I sure do miss you, but know that this is part of growing up. You are only "mine" for a little while and that's okay. I can already see how God is molding you to be an amazing warrior princess for Him and that is enough for me.

Mom (since Momma is "baby-ish" according to you)

Linking up with Miss Elaine-ous Life.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

It's okay to not know...

As I watch my children grow up, I want them to learn to love. I don't want to squash their questioning and wondering about the world around them. Admittedly, after the 4,537,136th question of the day, I wish Charlotte would give it a rest, but I am still glad that she continues to ask questions.

Sometimes though, when it comes to trying to do new things, like learn sight words or some other new skill, she seems to get frustrated easily. I try to encourage her to try, even though it might be hard. this works in varying degrees depending on the circumstances.

Related to this, I saw a great pin today and wanted to print it as a reminder in our home. But, unfortunately, the link trail didn't lead me to one that was printable, so, I made my own. And since I know lots of home schooling moms and teachers, I thought you might want to print this for class rooms, either at home or at school.

You can click on the image to download a 8.5x11 PDF version from Google Docs.

Leave a comment if you found this useful. I'd love to hear stories of how you encourage your own children to try something new.