Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Das' My Boy!

I found out today from Patrick's teacher that starting yesterday he will be spending 20min every day in a second grade classroom for reading group, along with another boy from the K class next door. Apparently, on their school reading chart test thingamajig, which rates kids' levels from A-Z, he's reading at Z and comprehending at M, meaning he can read words and entire paragraphs he doesn't understand. That puts him in second grade for comprehension, and basically middle school for plain reading ability, at age 6.

(Before any of you make comments on what a brainiac my boy is, consider this: he got in trouble today for swatting the other children in his class with a flyswatter he found during center time. Yeah. That's my boy!)

He is pleased as punch at this new development. I know it makes him feel about nine feet tall, plus he gets attention from bigger kids, plus he gets to leave his class (like today, when he was supposed to be at his seat with his head down after the teacher caught him with the aforementioned flyswatter). My first thought (OK, my second) was - I hope he doesn't make an arse of himself in front of the second graders, who won't like being swatted by a Kindergardener, especially one who may be showing them up at the reading group table!


I began two big projects today.

First, I took off the old wallpaper border that I had put up when we first moved in, but never liked. It was a little harder than I thought it was going to be, but not too bad. The room looks better already! I probably won't put up the new paper I bought until Friday at the earliest, since I have MOPS tomorrow morning and then Thursday is the last day (!!!) of that parenting class I babysit for, plus Josie's class in the afternoon.

Second, I've started downloading tracks from podrunner that will tell me when to run and when to walk when I start the C25K program this week with AndreAnna, who is beginning her . I'm not sure if I'll be able to start it tomorrow or not, but I hope to. That would work out well, since you're supposed to do it three times a week, and I won't be able to do it on Thursday. I'm debating whether I should take a dog with me when I do it. I don't think I'd take Delilah, since she's too interested in everything else, but Baci would probably be OK. Plus, that would give her time alone, which would be a good thing for her to be used to. We never did that with Baci, separate him from Tyler when he was little, and now he practically has a heart attack if he's left alone. I have very optimistically downloaded five weeks' worth of podcasts for running. I really want this to work out, but also, I know myself, and we'll see if this can happen. I'm going to do it outside (obviously, since I'm thinking about doing it with a dog), and I'm hoping that will help in the motivation department.


AndreAnna said...

My puppy is a little older than yours but she loves going for the runs, even if I think she is secretly trying to trip and kill me with her leash.

Hotch Potchery said...

I did my first complete 5K yesterday. Week 4 or 5 I had to do for 3 weeks! Congrats on the boy wonder.

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

You can totally do it. Your kid is a rockstar and so are you- he has to get it from someone, right?

Chantal said...

That pod runner thing is a great idea. My running buddy and I did the C25K and we would always get caught up in talking and walk too long, or lose track of how many intervals we had done. Funny enough we never ran too long :).

LoriD said...

Way to go Patrick!

I always feel inspired to get out running at this time of year. I love that podrunner idea.

Kristi said...

Yay, Patrick! That podrunner idea is genius!

Cherish said...

Wow way to freaking go Patrick! Im sure the c25k will be challenging but I have no doubt that you can do it. Good luck!

Elizabeth Channel said...

That's so wonderful about Patrick, and so wonderful the school is doing something to continue to challenge him. Sounds like you are in a great spot educationally!