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Your kindergarten class had to make a family banner. The banner was to express how we celebrate Chanukah. Each member had to trace their own hand, write their name, and draw their favorite part of the holiday inside. As we got started, you helped me to gather Chanukah glitter, markers, foam stickers, and more. As we tried to figure out how to fit all of our hands on, you instructed me that Daddy and I had to use our real names. We could not put Mommy and Daddy inside our hands.
You told me to do my hand first. I traced mine with my favorite color and then drew musical items. I love Chanukah songs and being able to sing them every night when we light our menorah. Daddy did his next and put potato latkes and jelly donuts. Then, NHL put presents and Chanukah gelt into his part of the project. When it was your turn you wanted to put lighting the candles and gifts. Then, it was your time to put things all around the banner. You had a lot of fun with this.
I know you are going to have fun telling everyone all about your banner in school. You already enjoy doing Chanukah crafts during centers and telling everyone about the holiday you celebrate. I can not wait to begin the Festival of Lights with you and the rest of our family tonight.
Dear NHL and JSL,
This morning, I asked you to look outside and check something out. Moments later, I heard the two of you jumping up and down, screaming, and planning to go outside to play.
Why yes, December arrived today and Mother Nature has delivered a little bit of snow to remind us that winter is coming. I guess this really means that we need to check to see if you both have boots that fit and haul up other winter gear from the basement. Too bad we can’t simply use PicMonkey to prepare us like in the photo below.
No doubt we will have plenty of snow coming in the month ahead for both of you to play in. Now to get ready before it arrives.
Dear NHL and JSL,
Friday, we had a relaxing day at home together. We were all tired and just happy doing our own things. We played some games, did some crafts, watched Roku, and both of you fought to use the iPad.
The two of you also helped me to do a little online shopping. When I was looking at Kohl’s, I needed your assistance with some purchases. Chanukah may not be a complete surprise, but I figured it would be best to have your thoughts. You both helped me to pick out Angry Birds Star Wars shirts. You approved on the one that I selected for Daddy as well. I think the one for Daddy is similar to a Chanukah present I already put away for him.
JSL you also got to pick out a pair of flannel sheets. Last winter you used the ones from you NHL, but it was time for him to have a set for his own new bed. It was not a surprise when you picked blue since it is your favorite color.
It was especially sweet when you both tucked me into bed for a nap since you knew I was not feeling well. Of course, I allowed you to do this right before Daddy came home from work. Thank you both for a low key day.
Last night we dropped Daddy and NHL off to a prior commitment that they had. After that we went off to a fun evening at your school. Since you are a kindergarten kid and need to get to know the building, people, and community it seemed like an important item for us to go to.
I am so glad that we went. You were not too sure about things when we started out, but then you quickly perked up. We started off with getting a PTA membership card. They also had the school t-shirts on sale. Thank goodness they had one left in your size. I suggested that we put it on you. The smile that lit up your face was priceless. You were so proud and seemed to have more of a connection to the school racing around with the logo on your chest.
Then we wandered around and you wanted to make sure we brought something home for NHL. So we donated some money for cookies to take home with us. After this we wandered to the crafting area. Your art teacher gave up a seat since she was finishing with her family and you sat down to make something fun.
When you were finished, we went into the dance area where you found a friend from your class. We followed them to the silent auction area. We bought some tickets and you had fun placing them into bags to try to win something. Then, you went to get a tattoo on your hand with the school logo. After that we took one more trip to the Scholastic Book Fair and bought another Pete the Cat book.
After almost two hours, it was time to head off to get Daddy and NHL. We shared everything with them. This morning you had to put your school shirt on immediately because you love it so much. I have a feeling this may have been our best decision ever. Thank you for sharing a fun evening at your new school with me.
You have become quite the little crafter. Watching this develop and seeing your face when you are busy working makes me smile, especially when you share your beautiful work with everyone. You are a lot like me and want to draw, color, make projects, and do fun art items. You like playing Nintendo DS, but would most likely pick a craft if you had the option. At school, I have noticed that your projects are also changing.
Last year in nursery school, if you had made this pumpkin, I know it would have been one hue. Yes, that pumpkin would have been 100% blue. You could have used blue glitter and other blue items to accomplish this task. This year, it is much different. You are into patterns, rainbows, and adding colors to everything. I love watching your creativity soar. Thanks to this passion, we signed you up for Art Club and you had your first session this week. I went along with you and you adored the different projects. It was so much fun watching you explore new and different items.
I can not wait to see more of your projects in the weeks to come. I am also looking for more exciting items to do over winter break together and beyond with you.
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