Alan and I watched the Cavaliers beat the 76ers at the Q tonight! It was our 1st game of the regular season together and Alan’s second overall. He went to the Feb. 25th game vs the Bulls with Mom as well.
Alan watched a good portion of the second quarter from our seats and cheered every time that LeBron, Kyrie, or Love — his favorites — scored points or grabbed rebounds. Before that, he was busy taking pictures with them. 🙂
Other highlights of the night included taking in the sights around the concourse and stopping by the Wine & Gold United Membership area for stickers and photos. Alan loved wearing his LeBron jersey, which I bought him after he became a member of the Cavs Kids Club this year!
Tonight’s focus was on hitting again at baseball practice. Alan loves using the metal bat and is getting pretty comfortable swinging it. Before practice, Alan and I bought new baseball pants for the upcoming summer baseball league. We got to hang out all afternoon since Alan is on spring break and I took off work.
Alan worked on his hitting skills in more depth tonight at baseball practice. The class started with a race to get warm, then moved to hitting soft toss with a whiffle bat into a screen. Alan was first in line to hit, then he helped Daddy (the soft tosser) gather the whiffle balls while the other kids took their turns.
At the next station, Alan went first again when the class instructor held out the training stick. This drill required an aluminum bat, and Alan was proud to volunteer his personal bat for the class to use.
An example of Alan’s 1) monthly homework packet and 2) “star words of the week” writing assignment. He’s made a lot of progress this year in developing good homework habits, which will help him later in elementary school. He has nice handwriting for Kindergarten, too.
Tonight Alan put in work [smoothly] fielding grounders, catching pop-ups, and hitting some soft toss at baseball practice. He made me really proud when he volunteered to hit in front of the class with the instructor at the start of batting practice!
Alan used a brand new 10.5 inch Rawlings glove for the first time tonight, after I surprised him with it earlier this week. We did our best to break it in as soon as possible, and even put it through a steaming process, which was new to me.
We retired his 9 inch Rawlings glove, which Alan picked out back in early 2014 when he was 3 years old. Back then Alan didn’t know yet what baseball was, but he knew he wanted that glove when he tried it on for the first time.
Today was another centers day for Kindergarteners — the first after busy season at work for me — so I jumped at the opportunity to drive Alan to school and spend the morning with him and his classmates!
It also happened to be Sports Day at school, so Alan and I both went in Cavaliers attire. During bellwork, Alan had to write and answer the following questions in his journal:
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your favorite team?
- Who is your favorite player?
Alan responded with “baseball,” “Indians,” and “LeBron James.” All very understandable answers!
When it was time for centers, I manned a station with a math game. The kids rotated through in groups of three or four. Alan was in a group with his best friends Xavier and Grady. I loved how all three kids combined to cover the Cavaliers, Indians, and Browns with their shirts.
Side note: Alan ended up winning the math game. Later in the day, when I called Alan after he got home from school, he revealed to me that he thought he won because he was wearing his Cavaliers championship shirt.
After the math game, Alan and his friends rotated through other tables that involved puzzles, coloring, and drawing. At one station Alan drew a plane and a truck (specifically a Target truck) that he gave to me to take home. Obviously I loved it.
At the conclusion of centers, I stayed with Alan as the kids ate their snacks, then left for work afterwards. I would’ve stayed for the whole day if I could have!
Alan spent this weekend — like many weekends lately — playing his favorite games: Go Fish and Chutes and Ladders!
Alan couldn’t resist trying on a green Indians hat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. He didn’t get to buy the hat, but we did buy the Indians truck below!
Yesterday, Alan took this picture with Julian and Brooklyn. 🙂
For Alan’s St. Patrick’s Day homework he had to draw things that are green. His idea was to draw the Mayfield Wildcats logo, plus its paw prints. He did a great job drawing it free hand.
It’s time for some spring training baseball! Alan’s been practicing with 5 and 6 year olds at the Wildcat Fitness Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays in March. Also in the group is Alan’s friend Grady from kindergarten. They’re always partners when playing catch.
Alan used sand as a tool for the first time in this one.
The Spring session of Chinese language and martial arts is underway, and Alan is continuing to learn to write Chinese and develop his martial arts skills.
Alan learned how to write “carrot” today.
On the left: Alan’s free-form artwork, which he calls “Cars Rainbow.”
On the right: Alan’s homemade igloo for a school project. He designed it, attached the snowflakes, and laid down the glue, glitter, and cotton balls.