|Last day. Based on my super accurate Lines on the Door Jam method, Calder has grown about an inch and a half since his first day and only a small amount of that is hair.|
|Only for Wren's epic cheese face|
|He's got style, that one.|
Unfortunately my fun plans were busted when the DuPage Children's Museum was stuffed to bursting and we couldn't even find somewhere to stop the car long enough to eject the kids from it. After assuaging the tears with promises to take both children to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Go, it was awesome), we hit some thrift stores and headed home for naps.
|She insisted on being in all the pictures|
|With his teacher, Miss Boni, who could not have gotten out of there any faster. I think she's happy to be teaching 4th grade next year.|
I think it would be safe to say that Calder's first year of school was a success. We received his last report card that day and his marks we pretty much in line with what I had written on his pre-year evaluation: Smart as shit, talks too much, won't sit still, won't try anything he can't do perfectly (which leads people to think he can't do it at all). In all he had significant'y more good days than not so good and sometimes I really don't blame him. It's hard to sit and be quiet when your class is learning basic sight words and you can read at a second grade level. Apparently he still needs to work on learning his address and home phone number (what's that?) and tying his shoes (which he can, it just takes him a few tries so he won't) and learning how to say, "Yes, I was talking to Evan. Sorry, I will stop now" rather than "Evan was making me laugh!" Personal responsibility, really.
I think Calder did well enough to enjoy the experience and he is certainly looking forward to next year already. He'll tell anyone who happens to stand next to him long enough that his is now a FIRST GRADER and gets to go to school ALL DAY next year. At the same time Calder is also truly enamored with this "summer vacation" he's heard so much about and has all sorts of lofty plans for plane rides and beach outings and whatever else you do when you don't have to go to school. I suppose I'll give him a few weeks before I show him the summer workbooks Miss Boni left in his backpack.