First I want to say "Thank You" to Cape Girl for tagging me with the "5 quirky things about you Meme". I have already done this Meme here before and I thought I might try to think up five new things but I couldn't think of any. So, if you didn't catch it the first time I posted it you can click here to read about me and all my strangeness! I'm supposed to tag 5 more people but I think most of you have done this one before, but if you haven't....Tag your it! Thanks Capegirl!
Second, I wanted to tell you all about my "Proud American". EC is in second grade and her teacher randomly gives out 2 awards. The first is the good friend award and its a little dog tag type necklace with a smiley face on the tag part. If she catches any student in her class doing something kind or being helpful to another student they get to wear the good friend award for the day. She doesn't give it out every day so its a big deal when she does. The second is called the "Proud American" award. Every morning at the school the principal comes over the loud speaker and leads the classes in the pledge to the flag and then plays the National Anthem over the speaker and all the kids sing. If Mrs. Jones (EC's teacher) catches one of her students standing extra straight and tall, with the correct hand over his or her heart (still sometimes an issue at this age!), or singing the Anthem proudly, then she might decide to give that student the Proud American Award for that day. Again, she doesn't do this every day so its a big deal. Last Thursday I decided to surprise EC and show up to have lunch for with her. When she saw me standing in the hall she ran up and said, "Look mom I'm the Proud American today" She was wearing a dog tag style necklace and the tag part had a picture of the flag on it. I said "Oh, were you standing extra tall and singing extra proudly?" "Nope" she said. Her teacher then walks up and tells me that no, its better than that. Apparently when the principal came over the loud speaker that morning the CD player that plays the music to the National Anthem wouldn't play. The students stood there waiting and waiting and after about 30-45 seconds nothing happened. Well, my sweet angel, EC, started singing acapella all by herself and by the time she got to "by the dawn's early light" all the other kids in class had joined her! Mrs. Jones awarded her the necklace on the spot and said that EC couldn't have been prouder! I was so proud that I got tears in my eyes!
On a completely different note, we are thinking about taking Little Sister and Little Brother out of Mother's Morning Out. We pay $160 a month for both of them to go 4 hours 3 times a week. It's not that we can't afford it, it's that I feel like I'm wasting my money. Little Sister's class is supposed to be Pre-K, and they do learn a lot in there but she isn't. Why? She already knows what the teacher is having to teach the other kids. Knowing all the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make? Knows it. Writing her name? Done. Colors? Yep. Shapes? Yep. In fact, she is reading already. She won't be 5 until December and won't start kindergarten until next fall and she is already reading simple words. I feel like I'm paying $80 a month for her to go play. Hubs and I are deciding if it would be best to leave her there, or bring her home and me home school her until next fall. We are extremely torn over this! We have gone back and forth on this for about a week. Her teacher told me the other day that she can't even get some of the students to hold their pencils correctly and what sound the letter "A" makes and Little Sister is going around the room saying "Dad, D-A-D spells Dad." Does anyone else have thoughts on this?