“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014.”
Lillia: This week you had a parent-teacher conference, which you attended with Daddy. I thought it was a bit strange that kids were invited to come to their own conference (I mean, how can a teacher speak candidly about a student while they’re sitting right there?) but you seemed excited to go. It sounds like you are doing wonderfully well, and you may be eligible to move out of the remedial math group soon. I’d like you to stay in it as long as possible, because extra help never hurt anyone, but I know you are anxious to move on and I do understand that. Your teacher also said that you have a tendency to get very excitable during group work, which means you must really be enjoying school (she noted that it might behoove you to tone it down just a bit). All-in-all it sounds like you are doing really well in school, and I’m very proud of you!
Zane: This week we did all kinds of new and interesting things together. For part of the week we were in charge of taking care of our neighbors’ kitties — all 5 of them (2 different houses). You really enjoyed helping me try to round them up from outside, and you loved getting their food for them. You are definitely an animal lover. We also saw a big green tractor tilling fertilizer into the corn fields near our house. We were out for a walk in the woods but we just had to stop and watch him go back and forth across the field. We stayed there for quite a long time, until our noses got cold. We talked about how the field is going to rest during the winter, but in the spring the tractor will come again and plant corn seeds that will grow up into big corn stalks next summer. I do think you understand, at least a little bit, the cycle of the seasons. Spending lots of time outside so that you can see it happening all around you certainly helps.