I was working on getting Christmas cards together when I realized that we had somehow neglected to get any pictures of our whole family.
This has now been rectified.
It was Elizabeth and Matthew's turn to come to Come Sing Messiah. We decided that Matthew would come for the first section and we'd trade children at the break.
So Daddy and Elizabeth went to skating and the rest of us headed to sing. Since Auntie Janice's car is not really big enough to carry Amelia, Matthew and an adult in the back seat, and since I was looking for an excuse for an adventure (let's be honest here...) Matthew and I decided we'd take the bus on the way there!
Lorianne and Janice brought Amelia. She rather obligingly slept all the way there. Two buses later we actually arrived at the same time as the girls did!
Matthew was pretty well behaved but I was glad we had decided not to try for the whole rehearsal. I took Matthew out to Daddy and picked up Elizabeth at the break and that worked really well. Elizabeth was (slightly) more into the actual singing, trying to follow along to certain songs. I SWEAR we took pictures of her being adorable but I cannot locate them so you'll have to take my word for it.
Elizabeth's grade one teacher "Mme Marie-Claude" is fantastic, which is a huge relief after last year's debacle. Elizabeth loves her, which is great. Mme Marie-Claude is organized, she appears to be an excellent teacher and she communicates (seriously she sent home more information about what our kid was up to in the first two weeks than the teachers did all last year).
Elizabeth's also made lots of friends within her class, though Adi is still the "Best" friend. In her class we hear a lot about an Olivia as well, but there are no demands to buy her matching socks or arrange play dates.
Elizabeth still has no trouble doing her homework, possibly because she enjoys writing. The main challenge is getting her to narrate different stories - left to her own devices she is likely to write a huge list of all the things and people she loves, and all the activities she loves doing. Luckily she's under the impression that she isn't supposed to write about the same thing more than once so at least the topics are fairly varied.
She's extremely proud of her reading ability, which has vastly improved in both english and french. She is a better reader in french, in part because she doesn't guess as much. She's become very interested in math and loves to write numbers all over. I expected her to take most of the school year to complete the curriculum we are working through at home but she's nearly completed it - sometimes the challenge is to get her to stop doing math problems and move onto something less "fun". That's a good problem to have!
We're suspicious that she doesn't talk as much in class as at home. She says that if she doesn't know how to explain something then she doesn't want to talk. But at home if she gets really mad and upset she forgets her english and tells us off in french (which is actually kind of hilarious).
In music they are learning to play the recorder and some basic solfège. I think they are mainly singing the notes so I don't think she's connected do-re-mi with the notes she's already learned for piano, but it's hard to tell because she won't play the recorder for us at home. She does sing lots of songs, including one that she swears is in another language other than French (it's not).
This year they get to go to the library and take out books to bring home. Elizabeth always chooses something animal related, preferably with elephants in it. She's a HUGE elephant fan.
I find it interesting that her printing is so much less neat than her cursive writing. When she wants to, she has very good handwriting, but frequently she is in too much of a hurry! She's also a compulsive doodler. Hmm - perhaps she's my daughter after all ;)