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School’s Out

Hard to believe that the school year is out for the summer.

Navy finished kindergarten and will be moving on to first grade in the fall. He had a great year and is making strides in reading.

Navy's First & Last Days of Kindie

Lily is done with fourth grade. This year had been a bit of a struggle because more of the work required Lily to stay organized to get her assignments and work turned in on time. Her teacher gave us some great advice so that won’t be an issue in fifth grade.

Lily's First & Last Days of 4th Grade

I can’t believe that we’ll be gearing up for First Grade and Fifth Grade in the fall. However, we still have summer!

So many fun and exciting things are going to be happening soon, and we’re going to enjoy it while we have a break from school!

First Day of School

I’ve been excited for, and dreading, the first day of school. I’m sending both kids off this year.

Navy is in kindergarten. It is hard to believe that he is in school. Not just preschool. Real school. All day, five days a week.

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Throwback Thursday: Kindergarten

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It’s hard to believe that this time last year, Lily was in kindergarten. She was learning to write her letters and numbers.

For kindergarten, I saved almost every worksheet, coloring page, and craft project. Her backpack from last year is filled with papers that she brought home.

First grade, not so much. I take pictures to show family and friends how well she does on a project or test

What a difference a year makes!

Lily’s Bingo Book Reports

All of the books Lily read to complete her second bingo sheet. This is mostly for her teacher’s reference.

Column 1
“Curious George Goes to a Movie” by Margrey & H.A. Rey
“Clifford’s Big Book of Things to Know: A Book of Fun Facts” by Norman Bridwell
“Lego City: Fire in the Forest” by Samantha Brooke
“Arthur’s Underwear” by Marc Brown
“In A People House” by Dr. Seuss

Column 2
“Just Me and My Little Brother” by Mercer Mayer
“Just a Secret” by Gina & Mercer Mayer
“I Have a Cold” by Grace Maccarone
“Space! A Kids Book About Space” by Brian G. Johnson
“Tangled: Outside My Window” by Melissa Lagonegro

Column 3
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Cinderella: A Heart Full of Love”
“There’s An Alligator Under My Bed” by Mercer Mayer
“Silly Monsters ABC” by Gerald Hawksley

Column 4
“Ponyella” by Laura Numeroff & Nate Evans
“Butterflies!” by Darlene Freeman
“Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying” by Barbara Park
“Computer Trouble” by Jan & Mike Greenstein
“Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery” by Margaret & H.A. Rey

Column 5
“Barbie: I Can Be…A Pet Vet” by Mary Man-Kong
“A Dazzling Display of Dogs” by Betsy Franco
“It’s Easter, Little Critter” by Mercer Mayer
“Marvelous March Facts for Kids” by Claire Wynne
“The Case of the Desperate Duck” by Cynthia Rylant

“A Dazzling Display of Dogs” by Betsy Franco

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“A Dazzling Display of Dogs” by Betsy Franco

Lily needed a poetry book. Finding a decent collection of poetry for a kindergarteners that isn’t really long is not easy.

My first choice was Shel Silverstein, but the length of the book would have been difficult to get through. We read one for her first bingo sheet. Rough.

The book was fun, but the arrangement of the text makes it a frustrating read. Some of the text is sideways, other times upside down.

Lily’s Book Report

I liked the book.

What did you like about the poems?
I liked the funny ones.

Which one was your favorite?
My favorite poem was the one with the mixy dogs.

What was your favorite dog?
My favorite dog is the one that slipped out of a gate and ate food it wasn’t supposed to. I don’t like that in real life, I bet. That should just happen in books.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 35/40
Building Bridges: 25/25

“Butterflies!” by Darlene Freeman

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“Butterflies!” by Darlene Freeman

Lily studied the lifecycle of a Monarch butterfly in preschool last year. Ever since, she has been fascinated by caterpillars and butterflies.

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Monarch Caterpillar- August 16, 2012

Lily’s Book Report

I liked the book.

What are the four stages of butterfly metamorphosis?
They lay an egg.
A caterpillar sheds its skin.
The caterpillar becomes a chrysalis.
After the chrysalis, they break through, they’re a butterfly.

What are some defenses butterflies use?
Some things on their wings.
The Monarchs are poisonous to defend themselves.

What is your favorite butterfly?
My favorite butterfly is all of them. My very favorite butterfly is the Monarch.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 34/40
Building Bridges: 24/25

“In A People House” by Theodore LeSieg

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“In A People House” by Dr. Seuss (as Theo. LeSieg)

Lily’s Book Report

I liked the book because it’s a Dr. Seuss book.

What are three things in a people house?
People are in a people house. A bed and a kitchen sink.

What’s your favorite thing in a people house?
My favorite thing in a people house is a hairbrush. (She was holding her foldable rhinestone covered one while we read.)

What is something in your people house that the mouse didn’t say?
Something in my people house is a Wii.

Why do you think Dr. Seuss wrote this book?
I think Dr. Seuss wrote this Dr. Seuss book because he likes being the author because his favorite thing to do is writing.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 31/40
Building Bridges: 23/25

“Marvelous March Facts for Kids” by Claire Wynne

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“Marvelous March Facts for Kids” by Claire Wynne

As I was reading the book to Lily, I found four spelling or grammatical errors. I blame the copy editor in me for that.

Lily needed a non-fiction book, so I gave her a couple of options. She chose to learn more about her birth month. She was really honed in on her birthday.

March 30th is National Pencil Day and National Turkey Neck Day.

Lily’s Book Report

I liked the book.

What was something you learned?
Something I learned is March is about some birthdays and some holidays.

What is your favorite day in March?
My favorite day in March is March 30!

What fun holidays are in March?
One fun holiday is St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 23/40
Building Bridges: 22/25

“Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying” by Barbara Park

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“Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying” by Barbara Park

Junie B. is a 5-year-old girl in kindergarten. She will be 6 very soon.

Lily, much?!

Lily failed to see the humor in the book because she and Junie B. are at the same point in life. They talk the same. Their thinking is quite similar.

Kudos to the author for capturing the life of an almost-6-year-old so accurately.

Lily’s Book Report

I liked the book.

What was your favorite part?
My favorite part was when Junie B. Jones was gonna buy some new cookie mix.

Why?
Because she threw the first one in the cart so hard. That’s why they had to buy a new one.

What part didn’t you like?
The part I didn’t like is when Junie B. Jones dropped her shoes in her baby brother’s crib to wake him up.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 19/40
Building Bridges: 21/25

“Space! A Kids Book About Space” by Brian G. Johnson

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“Space! A Kids Book About Space” by Brian G. Johnson

Lily loves learning about outer space and was really upset to find out that they wouldn’t be studying that in kindergarten.

With this book, we tried something a little different. I bought the Kindle version. I read it through the Kindle app on my Android phone. She followed along on the Kindle.

The main problem we ran into were page breaks. I had to remind her to turn the page because she would get confused that I turned the page before she did.

Devices Used
Kindle Keyboard 3G
LG Spectrum 4G Android Phone

Lily’s Book Report

I like the book.

What is one thing you learned?
One thing I learned about the book is they want to find out about planets. How they last. How new moons come.

What is something interesting you read?
Something interesting is that an astronaut is holding a flag on the moon.

What is something you liked in the book?
Something I liked in the book was when the spaceship was going to earth.

Pizza Hut Book It!: 18/40
Building Bridges: 20/25