Sunday, April 12, 2015

Love Letter, Month 63

Dear Kate,

You are 63 months old today.
We seem to have finally made the transition from winter to spring here in Chicago and I don't know who's happier: you or me. Suffice to say, we're both thrilled that warmer times are ahead even though we still have several weeks of ice skating lessons to go. Yep, we began ice skating this month as a family. Needless to say, you and Lucy are already skating circles around Daddy and me.
This month was mostly about 2 things: spring break and Easter.

Spring break fell the week before Easter so we decided to take a road trip to DC this year. We stayed with Ms. Michelle, who worked with me when I was a kitchen/bath designer. You loved playing with her daughters and their pets.
Although we ran out of time to do a lot of typical DC touristy things, we did manage a quick roll down Capitol Hill.
A highlight for you was seeing YiaYia and Pappou again.
Ms. Michelle had a few projects for you and Lucy. One of your favorites was a plaster of Paris mold. I loved watching you plan out your design on the lid before she poured the mold into the container. Then you methodically moved your glass pieces over in the same concentric design into the plaster.

Although the trip to DC was fraught with lots of car sickness on your part, with some help from Dramamine and audiobooks, the trip home was not as disastrous. Getting to practice your underwater handstands at the hotel made up for a lot of sitting!
We arrived home in time for Easter.
I cannot get over how grown up you two look here. In a rare moment when neither of you were arguing or making strange faces, I snapped this shot of you two actually looking at each other with love and excitement over the Easter egg hunt to come.

This Easter was pretty low-key as most of our friends were traveling and both you and Lucy had the beginnings of what turned out to be a cold/fever-fest that kept you out of school for another week.
Speaking of school, Daddy and I met with your teachers last week for your Spring Progress Report. Here are a few of the highlights from our meeting:

Your favorite thing to do is math. You have mastered the hundred board work and the 45 layout work which requires understanding the concepts of unit, tens, hundreds and thousands. In your target language, both of your teachers remarked that they can have a conversation with you completely in Mandarin. You have mastered many of the basic Chinese characters. As for English, you are reading and writing, working on sight words and sentence formation. In Practical Life, you enjoy table scrubbing and the advanced materials such as pouring water through a funnel into multiple test tubes. In your Sensorial work, you have master seriating sizes, sorting colors, discriminating sounds and different smells. In your Cultural work, you have completed a map of the world and of Australia. 

You also enjoy art work. In other comments, your teachers remarked that you are a diligent and self-motivated child. Your academic work is progressing very nicely and you have made improvements in your leadership skills. You have very good habits and are willing to help the younger ones in the classroom.

I can tell that you really love school. Even though you had started to feel poorly at school on Tuesday morning, you soldiered on to finish your map before collapsing in the library complaining you didn't feel well. The school called me to come get you since you had a fever of 101. You were so upset that you would be missing school for the rest the day and what turned out to be the rest of the week. I fervently hope, with all my being, that you keep this love of school and learning for the rest of your school career. It is so amazing to see your brain soak up new information on a daily basis!

Case in point: your flute lessons continue with Mr. Steve and you remain just as excited about it as you were on the day your lessons started.
When he introduced the concept of octaves, you were quick with the answer about what other things begin with octo (octopus, octagon) and that octo meant eight.

You also combined your two worlds of school and flute lessons in this drawing where you were learning the parts of a bird:
After finishing up labeling and coloring the bird (which was the assignment), you wrote out half and quarter notes, labeled them with the three notes you have learned thus far (B, A, G) and indicated whether they were high or low notes. I suppose that learning to read music is like learning a third language for you.

And now a Kate-ism from this month:
Lucy: Kate's map is on top and I want mine to be on top.
Kate: I already told you, "Life is not always fair."

Oh honey, have I mentioned what a good parrot you are? I hear my words/voice so often out of your mouth as you practice them on Lucy. As you might expect, she has much the same reaction that you do when I say them to you.

1 comment:

Heather H. said...

Loved catching up with your doings. Happy Spring!


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