I got to spend the morning with Miss H’s class and it was so fun! They spent most of the morning mixing their normal work with Valentine’s themed activities like filling bags with cards, decorating and generally getting amped up with all the excitement. Also, I became the object of great interest among the kids. Most of them have seen me on a pretty regular basis at drop-off, pick-up and some family activities but I have not spent time in the classroom for a few months. At one point, I had Miss H in my lap, was listening to one read and helping one with some counting activities.
I learned that Miss H usually starts the day with wiping down the tables and chairs. I got a lesson on the correct way to perform this task.
Then, I got to watch pin punching in action. What is that you ask? Basically, it is a wood piece about the size of a crayon with a sharp point that you use to punch through the paper, closely together, round the shape until the shape is completely separate from the paper. Kind of like scissors but works on fine motor skills and attention to detail. From what I witnessed, all the kids are engrossed with the activity. Miss H corrected me on my skills.
Miss H has been talking about ‘when she goes to kindergarten,’ for a few weeks now and her teacher seems pretty confident they will start her in kindergarten this fall. More to come on this little development when we have more information. As the morning went on, I got to enjoy the cookies we made last night and the Valentine’s party. It was a great day at school and great to spend time with Miss H and her friends.
Miss H was so pleased to get mail today from Mom, Dad and Kathy. Opening the cards was so fun!
Mom’s card came complete with a paint set
Hope everyone had a great day!
Trust me, it has not been anything glamorous. We have all been infected with the flu! We did get our flu shots but we are part of the lucky crowd who are still getting sick.
Last week, I got a terrible cough that turned into major congestion, body aches and a general feeling of crud. I made two separate trips to the doctor and got an array of medication but nothing seemed to be helping. I stayed home from work for three days and basically slept the whole time. I can’t remember the last time I was that sick.
Then, it was Miss H’s turn to get sick. We both thought she just had a cold because her symptoms were not mimicking mine. Her nose was running and she was a little congested but it did not seem to be impacting her that much. Then she started complaining about her ear hurting. I took her to the pediatrician and the doctor was in the room 5 seconds and said, ‘she has the flu.’ I did not think it was possible but they did the nose swab and she did indeed have H1N1. The doctor went on to tell us that we were not the only parents surprised with a flu diagnosis. She had seen patient after patient that day that looked like they just had a typical cold but it was really the flu. I guess that is how this stuff is spreading so quickly!
Now, the bad news is that I had a different strain of the flu so I keep waiting to get yet another round of illness. Maybe my shot will protect me from that one? The other bad news was no school for the whole week. Now, Kerry is starting to feel the symptoms. I am hoping we are all better by the weekend because we have been stuck in this house for far too long.
So, we have been busy getting better but we have also spent time watching TV.
And, playing games.
Spelling out words with games.
And, drawing family pictures.
I hope everyone avoids this flu! Stay well.