Monday, June 2, 2014

The end of school, The begining of summer!

Last week was Emily's final week of school and we had a super great time. The last full day of school was so perfect. The kids finished up some narrative writing stories. Some of the laptops weren't working, so I got to take three children to the computer lab to finish typing. I had Emily's friend, Ella, sign me into a computer and I told her I would see if I could finish a short story before she was done. She informed me she was a fast typist, so I told her I would see... what I could accomplish. I asked her to pick an animal so I would have some inspiration and she chose a pig.

In the thirty minutes or so we were there, I wrote a story that I think would be a great picture book. It is called "The Pig Who Heard Music". I even got to read it to the class before we started our read-out.  

Reading Outside

 For lunch, their teacher, the ever so fabulous Ms. Carr, who we were blessed to have her for second and third, ordered pizza for the children. I added a huge bowl of seedless red grapes to the mix and the kids brought drinks and snacks.

After lunch we had our read out and then Miss Carr had the kids play water balloon ball. Two teams, two sheets, and lots of balloons later, they finally got the hang of tossing it from one sheet to the next We are certainly going to miss Ms. Carr, but we will carry the memory of you with us for years to come.

water balloon ball
Friday found us attending the school award ceremony. Emily received the "Sensitivity" character award, a "Music" award for recognition of outstanding participation in music class, "The Outstanding Academic Award" for making the honor roll all four quarters, and a honorable mention ribbon for Math Olympics. This was the first year for MCS third grade to participate against other schools in the Math Olympics and MCS as a whole received 39 percent of the ribbons.

In addition, she received a "Outstanding Comprehension" AR Reading medal. To receive this medal she had to have above a 93 percent comprehension in reading as well as meeting her goal each quarter. And to top it all off, she won the "Overall AR Star" trophy for AR Reading in third grade. She accumulated over 83 AR points in four quarters; the goal for the year was 34 points. 
Her father and I feel so blessed to be her parents and to see her excel in all that she does. 

Now, we have officially begun summer. We kicked summer off with pizza and bowling. And let me just say what we lack in bowling skills we make up for with enthusiasm. Our next plan of attack is to head down to the library and sign up for summer reading. Hope you are getting ready to do the same! And to start you off right, I recommend Ladybug Girl At The Beach. Going to the beach just embodies the whole idea of summer to me and this book takes us along on LuLu's first trip to the ocean. To begin with, she is afraid of the ocean. But by the end of the story, she has conquered her fears and has had a stupendous time.

Ladybug Girl

Another great book, one for beginning readers, is Frog And Fly Six Slurpy Stories. They short and funny blurbs of a frog teasing his food before he eats it. Deliciously amusing, the last of the six stories might even surprise you.

Frog and Fly

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal website, Fun With Aileen, any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, my very own early grade chapter book, Fern Valley, and my soon to be released sequel, Return To Fern Valley, coming summer of 2014! I'm also on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.


  1. Looks like a fun day. Schools still have three more weeks to go where I live!