This evening Alan and I went to the spring book fair at Millridge. Alan wanted to get a book where he could practice telling time, so he picked out PJ Masks: It’s Time to Save the Day! He also chose Ten Tiny Dinosaurs – another book in the counting series that he enjoyed from the previous book fair!
Afterwards, since the weather was so nice, Alan played out on the playground. He showed me his “speed vehicle” that he pretend-drives with Xavier during recess (below, left) and went down the highest slide (below, right).
This evening Alan and I went to the winter book fair at Millridge. Alan read all about Legos, but ultimately we bought Ten Tiny Ninjas and Ten Baby Bears. Before we left, Alan told me he wants to go to all the book fairs at Millridge (there are three per year).
While we were at the school, Alan showed me the first grade rock garden outside the drop-off/pick-up door! Alan’s rock is the green one with black stripes.
Alan and I had extra quality time together this week with Mom going out of town!
Throughout the week, we reviewed schoolwork together (Alan loves sharing his take-home folder contents), and we read Alan’s new library book, Zak’s Lunch. We listened to Alan’s favorite CD in the car during every morning drive to school. And we certainly made time for fun, including playing our favorite games at home and playing with Alan’s glow-in-the-dark toys under the covers before bed. It was both a fun and productive week.
Mrs. Russo posted the following picture from class on Tuesday. Alan told me the class was playing a math game on their tablets. Alan’s wearing his Cavs championship shirt in the photo, since it was Cavs Day at Millridge. That night Alan and I watched the Cavs beat the Celtics at the Q to open the new season!
Alan and I declared a new weekly tradition today: Sunday afternoon trips to the Mayfield Library. Today was our second straight Sunday visit, and we have decided to make it a weekly occurrence.
Alan of course has a long history with libraries already. His Mom also takes him to the Mayfield Library to read and check out toys. In the years before he started Kindergarten, Alan went to the Solon Library weekly with Grandma Debbie. And before that Alan and I would go to the old Mayfield Library on Saturday mornings when he was 1 and 2 years old.
Last weekend Alan checked out Troto and the Trucks. Today Alan checked out Truck Stop. Ever since he was little, he’s loved books about cars, trucks, trains and all other forms of transportation. And now he’s able to read most of the words by himself.
We saw Noah at the library today too!
7/22/17 update: After we bumped into Noah at the library, we arranged for a play date at Noah’s house. Alan went over today for a couple hours and stayed by himself. He said they mainly played baseball (inside) and played with Noah’s hot wheels car launcher — no surprise that’s what Alan wanted to try out. The boys were pretty riled up when I arrived. They seemed to have a great time together!
Alan wrapped up the Summer Reading Program today and got to pick out a free book at the Mayfield Library as a prize. Alan picked out The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day, which was fitting since we moved to a new apartment this weekend!
Alan has been a huge help this weekend — he even helped assemble the bedroom drawers. We christened our new place by playing games of Go Fish, throwing [soft] balls down the apartment’s long corridor, and shooting hoops on our mini-hoop above the bedroom door all weekend long. I think we’re going to like the new place very much.
Alan is doing the “Build a Better World” Summer Reading Program through the Cuyahoga County Public Library with Grandma Debbie this summer. Alan’s already half-way through his game board, since he loves to read so much! Below are a couple books he likes to read most with Grandma Debbie.
This week at school it was Alan’s turn to be the featured “Smartie” of the week! As part of the fun, he got to wear a crown, be the boys line leader, and lead calendar activities all week. He also got to present his “All About Me” poster (see 12/5/16 post) to the class and have his parents come in and read to the class!
We came in to school this afternoon and read two of Alan’s favorites: Hot Rod Hamster and Ten on the Sled. Alan turned the pages while we read. He also called on students during the interactive portion of Hot Rod Hamster. Afterwards I shared facts about Alan — including his love for baseball and the Indians — to the rest of the kids.
It was quite an exciting day overall for Alan, since the kids wore their pajamas to school and watched Polar Express together. At the end of the day, I was presented with another Christmas gift from Alan: the Rudolph artwork pictured below. 🙂
Alan’s current favorites!
Six of Alan’s absolute favorites!