2010-11 School Pictures

Ani, age 10

Cameron, age 9

Fritz, age 4

Adrian, age 2

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Inside the Calvert Kindergarten Box

I am just blown away by all that came in the Calvert Kindergarten box. Many of the things are the same as they were back in 2004, but there is just so much more now! He even gets his own access to Brain Pop Junior. We love those videos and games.


Manuals: Teacher Aids (including the sliders I loved so much the first time we used Calvert K), Computer Skills and Applications Manual, Lesson Manual Parts A and B, Math Manual


Poems and Prose, Science Activity Pages, Letters and Words


pad of newsprint (12×18), two sheets of tagboard (12×18), pad of paper, 2 packages of manila paper, 2 packages of construction paper, 2 packages of blank index cards


Math Textbook, Math Practice and Enrichment Workbook, connecting cubes


Word and Picture Books, Phonics Library, Reading Practice Book volumes 1 and 2


10 early phonics story books (I loved these last time we did kindergarten)


20 little big books


10 read aloud storybooks


supply box, modeling clay (we won’t be using that and instead will use Play-Doh; I really don’t like the Crayola modeling clay), blue yarn, Music Break CD volumes 1 and 2, crayons, pipe cleaners, 2 packages of magnets, watercolor paint set, 2 pencils, pencil sharpener, paper fasteners, ruler

Kindergarten Box Day

Fritz is so excited about moving up to kindergarten. Being a kindergartener has been the second deepest desire of his heart for quite some time now (the absolute deepest desire of his heart currently is to be five years old, but he’ll have to wait until July for that one). He was almost as excited as I was when he finished preschool and I ordered kindergarten.

But then it was a mess getting it to us. Calvert was fast as usual. I ordered kindergarten Tuesday afternoon, they entered it into the system Wednesday, and shipped the box Thursday. Since Calvert is only a couple hours away delivery was set for Friday. But, as usual, FedEx screwed up (4th time in 10 months… out of 6 deliveries).

They left the package up there instead of bringing it on the truck down here. And then when it got to the local depot Saturday morning they put it on a truck and revised the delivery date to Monday. They were going to let it just sit on the truck all weekend. I was not okay with that especially since it was already a day later than they initially said it would be delivered.

Jamie went to the FedEx place and they went and got it off the truck and handed it to him across the counter. They claimed it would have been delivered today, not Monday like the website tracking thingy said. I don’t believe them since I have found it is very common for FedEx employees to lie when they make mistakes and the delivery trucks for the day had already left by the time Ian got there. So Ian got to play box man and brought home Fritz’s box.

After that initial glitch of actually getting the box into our house, Fritz’s kindergarten box day was fabulous! He was so incredibly excited.

He was so happy to help me go through everything. I was excited to see a lot of the things that we got in Ani’s kindergarten box back in 2004 (it’s been revised and expanded since then so there is so incredibly much more to Calvert Kindergarten now).

Adrian was pretty excited about Fritz’s box, too. He’s still not quite sure why his siblings get these box days and he doesn’t yet.

There is seriously a lot of awesome stuff in Calvert Kindergarten. I can’t wait to get started with it in January!

Where’s Waldo

While we were on vacation our guinea pig Apollo died. We were very sad, but not surprised. He had never been super healthy and then a friend injured him trying to pick him up and he was really never the same after that. Fritz said that he must have died because he was lonely and he cried and cried until he died.

Our original plan was to get a pair of guinea pigs to replace him. But then we started thinking about getting a different type of animal. We still wanted a small animal. Jamie’s allergic to cats and we didn’t want a dog. I checked at the Humane Society and they had a little guy that we absolutely fell in love with: Waldo!

We brought our ferret home Friday night and we have been absolutely thrilled with him. He’s a lot of fun to play with. He loves going for walks around the house on his leash. We haven’t gotten brave enough quite yet to let him run free around the house. We’re all already totally in love with our Waldo.

Starfall

Fritz has never been super interested in Starfall, but recently Adrian sure has! Sometimes they play together.

Usually, though, Adrian plays by himself. He calls it “Playing my letters.”

His big sister is always willing to help him get Starfall up on our old laptop. To show his appreciation one time, Adrian leaned over and gave Ani a kiss on the cheek.

I’m amazed at how easily he manages the touchpad and buttons. He even manages to do the face thingy after each book to tell them how he liked the story.