We love our preschool; they always do great things with the kids. Hallway art and creative writing pieces to go with them always are fun to see. It's interesting to read both your child's "writing" (it is really dictation) and see what their peers have to say. It gets better throughout the year as you actually get to know the other parents and children. Sometimes we all have a good laugh at a particular piece while waiting in line for pick up. One child was going to give his mother vitamins for Christmas-that got a chuckle.
Today I read Rosebud's on the way IN to her classroom. I'm going to share it with you, but it means more to #1 and I than anyone else really. I literally had tears running down my cheeks I was laughing so hard. Rosebud's teachers thought something was wrong. I choked out that I had just read her latest writing piece and they started busting up as well. Because they know her well. Because, really, her piece pretty much sums up life with Rosebud at this particular junction in life.
I will try and explain some of the more...interesting parts...and will (put my words in italics). Her lead teacher wrote down exactly what she said, but prompted a couple of times to get the story moving example: how did it feel? what did you do?. She had to ask Rosebud to slow down as her words were just tumbling right out of her. Here goes.
My Snowy Day
On my snowy day I played with my brothers and my sister Sweet Pea (obviously she used her real name) and my mama and dada. We played and I build a snowman. It was little and tiny. And it was Baby Otter. Belle Otter...Belle Otter that what the name was. (Belle Otter is what she insists we call HER these days. Belle as in Beauty and the Beast, and Otter as in...the animal.) I wore a hat and boots and a scarf and I weared a coat. My feet felt cold in my boots (note to self...). The snow felt cold and I ate it! It was salty. I got boogie in it and I love it like that! (GAG. GAG GAG GAG.) I saw snow outside and our house and our neighbors. And our other neighbors. (Just in case you didn't know that when it snowed the entire neighborhood is affected.) I heard Belle Otter. (This part confuses me as she is normally Belle Otter, but now the snowman is and she can HEAR it?) She was swimming at the museum where we go and see the otters. (We do have otters at our children's museum, but she has some stellar hearing as it is about 15 minutes away-also wasn't it a snowman?) I love the otters! I heard mommy and daddy talking to each other outside too. (I'm not sure but I think that the teacher may have cut her off at this point...it was getting a little off topic. And perhaps it wasn't best to post on the hallway wall a private conversation she apparently overheard between my husband and myself.)
So there you go. It was quite an...interesting...piece. But such an insight into her life. From her alter ego, to her recent snowman building (hers had a ton of sticks protruding from it...eyes, nose, arms, belly button...a very scary looking beast it was) to our trips to the museum, and apparently her eavesdropping skills!
A side note, mostly for my own records, she now weighs a whopping 28 1/2 pounds and will be 4 in April. She is just shy of 39". Maybe by her birthday she'll be ready to not be rear facing. (She isn't, they changed that recommendation from 2 years to 30 pounds after we had already switched her)