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August 30, 2018

Looks like someone is headed to grading soon...

   

August 29, 2018

Matthew is back to school today along with half the maternelle class. He'd rather stay home and build things out of lego, but he's pleased to be going back to his class.

 

He has the same teachers as last year and likes them (we do too). All his friends have moved to the big school for grade one. He says he doesn't need new ones, but we're encouraging him to try to make new friends anyway.

 

After school he said he had a good time and was pleased to be back, aside from it being a bit too hot. The school is having brickwork done so none of the windows can be opened in his class!

   

August 28, 2018

Elizabeth is starting fourth grade. I was a little dismayed to find out that very few of her friends or previous year's classmates are in her class, but she likes her teacher and is super excited to start upper elementary.

 

You get to join sports teams! Recess is different! You get more responsibility! You have to change for gym!

 

But most importantly (according to Elizabeth) you get to learn English.

   

July 18, 2018

KV Dance studio is doing a summer drop-in series where you can just pay by the session. This is brilliant because we couldn't have committed to dance lessons for the whole summer for the three kids and gave them all a chance to try out some different styles.

They even had a timeslot that all three kids could do at once! Plus there was no requirement for "proper" attire. Amelia was very happy to wear Isabelle's old performance costume for dance.

 

She's been wanting to take ballet for ages so was very happy about this. Matthew did acro classes, which is a lot of somersaults and contortion and stuff. Elizabeth is taking a jazz class.

 

Amelia's first dance class was adorable, but she definitely does not have the concept of following the teacher. She prefers to "make up my own dance".

   

July 17, 2018

Elizabeth and Matthew are at camps this week and Amelia was moderately sad she wasn't going to camp too. Not sad enough to agree to sit on the toilet, mind you, but sad enough that when she suggested that she could do "rainbow camp" at home I kind of went with it.

 

It was fairly easy to plan because I mostly just asked Amelia what one does at rainbow camp and it turned out that at rainbow camp we paint, we play with rainbow playdough, we do science experiments, and we eat rainbow food (the fish carcass is rainbow trout - I only thought to take a photo after we had mostly devoured supper). Sometimes we water the garden in the sunshine, scooter up and down the street, climb on the play structure and love our baby brother. Rainbow volcanos were probably her favourite activity, even though technically they were supposed to overflow (I couldn't bring myself to make that much mess).

 

I stayed away from baking and the candy experiments because Amelia is supposed to be on a low sugar diet but even so we had a great deal of fun. Elizabeth and Matthew were always interested to find out what Amelia had gotten up to while they were away and insisted on doing the homemade scratch art too.

   

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