Friday, December 27, 2013

Brookie Cookie

Christmas Day 2013

Skater Girls

Brooke and Helen skating

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Brooke can ride a bike!

Brook finally decided she was ready to ride a bike today!  I guess she was tired of running, skating and scooter-ing after the neighborhood kids on their bikes.

Brooke is 6 years old (and will be 7 years old in 5 weeks).  Congrats Brookie Cookie!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Brooke's First Grade holiday party

Brooke and her first grade dual language teacher.  Feliz Navidad.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

Class room patrol

A few days ago, I wrote an email to Brooke's 1st grade dual language teacher expressing concern about her behavior marks that she'd been getting for the past few days.  Their behavior chart starts at green, moves to yellow, purple, blue, pink, red (or something like that). As the kids get warnings, they "move their clips" down one level.  So everyone starts on green for the day.   Brooke was coming up with colors far too south of where we expect.

An excerpt of what I wrote to Brooke's teacher:

I wanted to touch base with you about Brooke's behavior. I get the impression that she's having some issues with talking, not listening/following directions.  We discussed this with her, and told her that our expectation is that she stays on "green" even though she insists that "yellow" and the other colors before "red" are perfectly okay.  

For Zak and I this is more about being respectful of you and school rules, following directions, and less about her tendency to be chatty (which is simply her personality).  However, I wanted to make sure she's still doing well academically and she's able to understand you per your expectations and isn't simply "tuning you out" because she can't comprehend {Spanish}.  

Teacher's response:

On my behavior chart everyone does start off on green.  I am glad to know that your expectation of her is green so that I can remind her throughout the day.  Red means I will make contact with parents over behavior.  Brooke is very respectful of me and my rules so much that she reminds everyone what my expectations are by yelling at them.  This is actually what gets her into problems more so than the talking.  Know that I haves spoken to her about this and we are working on it.  Brooke is very smart and I love having her in my class.  She loves being the police officer in the room and is good at it. =)  So don't worry that maybe she isn't understanding due to comprehension.  She has picked up the Spanish so well and I am seeing constant growth with her. Have a great week!

Oh, parenting....I have so much fun on your roller coaster.  Brooke is BURSTING with personality.  This is the face that Brooke WOULD have made had I shown her my email conversation.

"Told ya so!"

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Yes, yes, yes...

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

  1. Strength equals self-sufficiency.  
  2. Fitness opens doors.  
  3. The bike is the new golf course.  
  4. Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event. 
  5. Health begets health.  
  6. Endorphins help you cope.
  7. Working out signals hard-working.  
  8. If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. 
  9. Nature rules.  
  10. Little eyes are always watching.