March 2, 2013

The Kindergartner, and 100+ Days of School.

Here we are, well into the third quarter of the school year. How on earth is Nathaniel's year of Kindergarten managing to pass us by so quickly?!

He's a mix of absolutely serious, and then suddenly a total smiley Mr. Silly Pants. 

His vocabulary has exploded exponentially, and his reading is truly profound. I'm stunned at how thick his sight-word flashcard stack is already, and his intuition and sense about contextual word reading is undoing. I am constantly taking a double-take as he reads, the progress is speeding-train fast. He's smart as a whip, and asks the most excellent conversational questions using words like interesting, and unexpected, and just the other day he perfectly used the word awkward in correct context.

To celebrate 100 days of school, he made an art project using 100 objects. He selected google eyes for his counting collage project, and drew the greatest many-eyed monster I've ever seen. His diligence in counting those eyes again, and again was remarkable. 100. 100. 100. 100; which he can now count by ones, fives, and tens.  That quickly led next to ones-and-tens grouping, then adding, and now he is even mastering subtraction. When did Kindergarten become first grade?!

He's happy, making millions of friends, and is having the best year ever. It's so sweet to see him growing into the young man that he will become; day by day, 100 and beyond.

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