From Daddy: Inspired by the TV game show, the before school program had a session of Minute to Win It for the kids. I was great, but we only saw a little bit because we were late.
In the morning, my alarm woke me at 6:50 a.m. I got out of bed after couple of minutes to start breakfast, and as I emerged from my bedroom I saw his silhouette, sitting in his bed. “Daddy?” he said. I was amazed he didn’t come to our bed, but we went to the kitchen together. I very nearly burned his breakfast bagels but all went well.
He was distracted during the early morning, but when he wanted to go to school, I noticed that he hadn’t gotten dressed. Then, the next time that he wanted to be ready five minutes later, he still hadn’t put on his socks. Then as we were ready to leave, I noticed that his homework had not been finished! I pushed him through finishing his homework and off we went.
We got to school at 8:33. I escorted him to the room for his grade level that morning, and it looked like about the three youngest grade levels together in this larger room. They were playing Minute to Win It (untimed, of course), hosted by two of the teachers but maybe influenced by his last year’s before-school teacher because she told me that she loved the show! So cool!
When we entered late, one of the “hosts” asked one of his teachers to put our boy’s name in a cup.
So, the object of the game was for two teams of three to–one at a one–blow three ping-pong balls into three horseshoes across a table. The teacher on the left pulled names out of the cup, but the first three selected kids declined (out of shyness or fear?). I was concerned that they would discourage our boy. The cup eventually ran out of names, and he was selected by one of the teachers–and he happily accepted. The teacher on the right had a similar experience (she also chose our boy’s name out of her cup; of course, he already he a spot). Watch the game!
(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6DLvqaIXZE to see Minute to Win It)
Afterward, the room devolved into free play. He looked a bit lost and decided to go get breakfast (Life cereal).
(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ZT6k9KVdI to watch swimming)
After swimming we had a fun playdate. He brought an children’s atlas book to share with our friends’ Daddy and he talked about placed he’s been and Iceland (his favorite place on maps). Very cute.
While driving to the playdate, he reviewed the atlas and said, “Oh! I’ve been to Maine.”
“No you haven’t! Where in Maine have you been?”
“Portlandddd-D,” he said, emphasis on the final “D.”
I told him that he’d been to the Portland in Oregon.
(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFQAh9latMQ to see last weekend’s swimming class)
Two Weeks Ago
(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm-sYD_l87A to see him in the line-up while being coached)
(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RD3HEYaKo4 to watch his basketball game)