Sunday, March 06, 2016

Goodbye Fall

Micah goes to preschool classes three days a week for 2 hours.  It is really school prep classes, so he has 20 minute classes then a 10 minute break between them, like they would have at school.  He has 4 classes each day.schedule and his teacher changes depending on the class, but he stays in the same classroom.

It's very much getting kids ready for the rigors of school here.  So sitting at a desk, practicing writing letters, etc.  But it is helping him learn some language and he's slowly making some friends and learning how to engage in play.

He has...
Art class
English class
A speech development class....we call that one Russian
Social Studies (basically draw animals, because he doesn't understand any of the facts)
Math class
and...Psychology (seriously I have no idea what is taught in this class, but they draw pictures, play games, learn poems.)

At the end of fall they had a little party to say goodbye to fall.

It was pretty cute and they did a great job.  Micah was pretty shy and didn't want to participate in much of it, but it was a good experience.
Fall gathered all the orange off the children's clothes and turned her water yellow.  The kids were amazed.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Fall Break

Our Fall break coincided with Halloween so we had some neighbors over to carve pumpkins and play a few games.

The kids LOVED decorating cookies. 

Everyone got to take home a plate full of cookies and some goodies!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Pumpkin carving 2015

Why does pumpkin carving with kids always turn into Mom and Dad carving the pumpkins?

Oh well.  Here are a few fun ones from this year's pumpkin carving competition.

Micah "made" the Monsters Inc.

and Calvin "made" a bat.

This one was was so cool lit up.  It is of the local national dress.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Fall Party 2015

Marvin groans about this every year but I love it.  I love seeing kids dressed up and this year we even upped the fun and had trick or treating where the kids knocked on doors of rooms and got candy.  Of course our big boys have long grown tired of Mom picking their costumes but I sill could dress up the younger two in some sort of theme.

2015 costumes coach player
Drew........a football
Me.....a referee
Micah.....Kai, Red Ninjago guy

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Ringing in the Second grade

Calvin is continuing with Russian school this year.  

Second grade is much more difficult than 1st grade.  His literature homework kills me, seriously it’s hard and don't even get me started about poetry, I can barely hang with poetry in English, a second language....not so much. Plus he goes to school on Saturdays, which has took some adjustment.

I recently read an article about how the system here focuses on the past and emphasizes the classics, poetry, etc.  While the west teaches for the future, I felt that was a good observation.  

So it’s a daily battle when it comes to homework.  Mainly because Calvin is such a perfectionist and they write in pen so when he makes a mistake, he falls apart because there is no erasing it and it’s devastating when you get anything less than a 5, the equivalent of an A.

But I am glad he’s continuing.  He really likes his friends.  His teacher is amazing and he loves being a part of his class.  So it makes the daily battles worth it....most of the time.  Pray for us.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Five Year old Ninja

Birthday week/month ended with a little Ninjago fun.  Micah had fun with picking out his cake this year and had so much fun at his party.

We had a few games that tested our ninja skills.  The first game was trying to pop a balloon with a paper throwing star or try to hit the balloons to earn points for your team.  We then found our ninja names and got into order alphabetically.  Lastly we tested our chop stick skills by picking up as many items in a minute with chop sticks.  There were some very skilled chop stick users in our mix.

Our menu was chicken lomein, oriental cabbage salad, PBJ rolls and grapes.  (I’m discovering it’s better to go simple, it’s only taken me a few years to figure that one out.)

His cake was delicious.  It was a chocolate cake with Oreo icing, I am still dreaming about this cake.  I hope he chooses it every year.  It made up for decorating.  

 I tried.  Plus the most important fact was that my 5 year old LOVED it.

It was a fun day where he felt loved and I enjoyed making his day special.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Our Wilderness Explorer is 8

Calvin wanted an Explorer Party this year.  He loves to be out in nature so I suggested we go out to the mountains this year.  We were a little worried it would be too cold, but the sun came out and warmed everything up a bit. 

The boys had a good time exploring the boulders.  It was my least organized party.  I only organized a scavenger hunt.  My boys really were excited about this.  They found some interesting finds.  

I explained in the car that they could earn badges along throughout the day.  They earned a few, but had more fun just exploring and jumping off of rocks.  We even got to share the day with some friends who came a long for the fun. 

We enjoyed some yummy shashlik, kebabs and other picnic foods.  

 While our shashlik was cooking I set out things for a trail mix bar.  Our local friends had never had trail mix before and thought it was a tasty idea.

It’s always great to get out of the city and was a fantastic way to celebrate our 8 year old.

 (How is he that old already?!?!)
He was thrilled with what was inside!  Thanks Mom & Dad for sending the surprise filling.