13 December 2011

Prizegiving Thoughts

Last week the school had their annual prize-giving. I was NOT looking forward to it as in previous years it has been a long tedious drawn-out affair.  I was very pleasantly surprised this year – the evening was a superb combination of a slick production with a distinct family feel about it.

I was exceptionally proud of both my girls who did extremely well.

Lulu  and Mrs Butler
Overall Academic Excellence; Conquesta Literacy and Numeracy – Gold.

Honey and Mrs Venter

Overall Academic Excellence, 2nd in her grade, Best Actress 2011, Special Art Award, Conquesta Numeracy and Literacy: Bronze; Math Olympiad and Humility Award

Both girls were very happy with their achievements but I had to have *the talk* with them. You know the one hey? It went a little bit like this:

” I am so proud of you girls but I want you to always know that it is not important to me for you to BE THE BEST at everything but it is very important for you to ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST.”

My dilemma is teaching the kids that while it is fine to be recognised for achieving it is never a good idea to work for recognition. I feel I may well be wrestling this lurgy for many years to come – especially between the girls who are so competitive with each other. Oi vey. :-(

For now we celebrate these special little people who give of their best at all times – what more can I ask for?

08 December 2011

Outing to Rocklands

Outing to Rocklands

Yesterday the school had an outing for the Gr1 and Gr4′s to Rocklands. Luckily I have a kid in each of those grades and Levi was able to join in aswell.
I was eternally grateful and VERY happy to assist with lifts as it gave me space to breathe in the great outdoors, shoot the breeze with friends, teachers and all while the kids had a massive jol climbing the mountain and swimming in the enormous pool.

The thing I love most about this school is watching the relationships blossom. Essentially these kids form sibling like bonds! With only 12 kids in a class, there is little to no change from year to year. You pretty much travel from Grade 1 to Grade 7 with almost all the same people. This forces you to learn to tolerate and accomodate kids with whom you wouldnt normally associate.
I have seen huge emotional growth in Rachel, her acceptance of kids who are different to her. She can now play with anyone and be gracious in their differences. If only that grace would extend to her siblings!!! :-)   She has become incredibly social and her friends are her world….grounding her now is a real winner as it really hurts!

Levi had a fabulous time playing soccer with the boys and climbing the mountain – he plays well with older kids and they are fond of him. I am always touched by how all the kids include him in everything they do.
Faith has also come out of her shell in this past year. Where change scared her and caused her massive anxiety 8 months ago; now she is nervously excited in the face of schedule/activity changes. It is a significant milestone for my fiery fairy.

Tonight is the annual prizegiving – a lengthy affair. Both girls, especially Rach, put in the effort and have done extremely well in her first official exam set. It is great for them to get this recognition in front of both peers and parents so we suck it up once a year and go big!

Will have to pack a snack for Levi…and possibly the iTouch as 3 hours is a tad stretching for the lad!

Let me add that I have been able to do this blog post as Levi has his first co-ed playdate and they are having a blast! Playdates that afford me “ME TIME’ are the bomb. Now off to declutter some stuff before the girls come home from school!

01 December 2011

And the holidays begin...

CherryWood Dec 2011

Levi broke up yesterday. 30 Nov. And goes back in exactly 2 months. 30 January. I am doing my best not to make a chart and systematically cross off each of the 60 days – am guessing he may feel like I am counting the days or something. ;-)
Today we went and bought some craft supplies to top up our stash. With three kids who LOVE to make stuff I need to be very well stocked. We also came home with an unplanned purchase : Plasticine.
Focus boytjie!
It is very fun to play with plasticine but after a bit it can become rather frustrating – especially when you are 5. And sometimes even if you are, um, older. We definitely felt the need to *take a break* and watch some tv and have a snack.
Our masterpieces!
Very important for this mama to keep the frustration levels to a minimum if I am to make it through this marathon holiday.
The girls only break up 9 Dec and go back 18 Jan; its kinda cool to have some mom/boy time alone with Levi. He revels in it so I am determined to make the most of each day.
He came home with his report yesterday – I congratulated him and he says to me: ‘ So Mom, is it like an A+ or something?’
For the sake of the grandparents (and because I will probably lose it) I have typed up his report:
Levi is a charming, very amusing boy. He is a perfect gentleman – his batteries never run out. He has a super abundance of energy.
He enjoys ‘boot camp’ days and contributes his own exercises for all to try out. His enthusiasm ropes us all in for rugby and soccer practice. when our spirts flag his amusing comment is : ‘Come on, are you old or something?’
The highlight of this year has been watching the Rugby World Cup. Just before a Springbok match he quipped ” The Boks are going to kick butt today.”
Levi takes his match watching very seriously. When any of us talk during a match, he puts up his hand and says; ” Stop talking, cant you see I am watching the game?” He thoroughly enjoys our rugby chats after the games.
Levi has a good grasp of phonics and numbers taught so far. He conscientiously practices patterns, writes letter and numbers. He works neatly, independently and completes tasks.
He contributes good ideas for our games and is very amusing when doing charades. His artwork has developed very well.
Levi gets on well with his buddies and is a popular member of the group. With his positive attitude he is a pleasure to teach.
Dec 2011