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Katya’s Role Model

Katya’s Role Model

Today’s final “kid bragging” post is a writing assignment that Katya did.  It was deeply encouraging and humbling, especially to this mom who often finds herself at odds with her creative, independent, passionate daughter.

“My mom is a great role model for me for many reasons.  To begin, my mom is a Christian woman.  My mom shows that she is a Christian by disciplining me very well.  Also, she teaches me about God and how to love God.  Next, when I think of my mom I think about how loving she is.  My mom comforts me when I am sad, and she is gentle when I am hurt or sick.  Also, she encourages me in hard times and is patient with me when I am grumpy.  Last, my mom is always joyful.  I can see that she is joyful because she always wears bright colors.  Also, my mom smiles a lot and loves everyone around her.  I admire my mom as a role model.”

Some moments are so very hard, but then there are other moments that are so richly beautiful.  Thanks, sweet girl.

Nathan’s Hero

Nathan’s Hero

One more “student work” post from Nathan…

Hero Project

My hero is my little sister, Katya. She is a charismatic person who loves acrobatics, art, and people. She is my hero because she proves that the best gifts come in small packages and she shows me an example of generosity. She is generous, creative, sweet, adorable, innocent and brilliant and she shows me how to have fun even when everything seems serious. She is very creative and adds new things to playtime every day. She is very responsible and she is similar to Aurelianus [a character in the book this pieces was an assignment for] because she loves dogs, she is a lover of harmony, and she loves magic. She also is very observant and knows lots of things. She is different than Aurelianus because she does not have a very conventional mind she has more of a creative one. (She also doesn’t have a fur coat that changes colors, wink, wink.) Katya helps so many people have love and joy in their lives. She gives gifts and smiles at what people say. She fills people’s lives with creative ideas. Katya and I are alike because we both love each other very much. We are different because she is very creative but I like orderly, conventional thinking.

Katya’s Dog Poetry

Katya’s Dog Poetry

Normally I try not to do too much “kid bragging” on the blog, but sometimes it is just the best forum for sharing what they are up to!  As the school year ends and the summer begins, I’ve got a few things I’ve collected from their year that I hope you enjoy.

First up, poetry!!  Of course, when it is time to write some poems, you choose your favorite thing.  And for Katya, that would be dogs!  This writing even got illustrations…

Bear

There once was a big dog named Bear

Who chased hare after hare

One day while chasing a hare she jumped into a lake

and she came out holding a rake

and she swam out of the lake with much care

Golden Retrievers

A big ball of fluffy happiness

fun, silly, smart, crazy ball of fluff

frolicking, licking, running ball of sunshine

doing tricks, playing games, your best friend

in the water splash, splishing, sploshing

licking children, being friendly, your pet!

Back to School

Back to School

Back to school?  How did it happen?!!  This one is a smart, tall, thoughtful 5th grader.

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And here is my cheery, careful, confident 2nd grader.

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They were both pretty ready to go back.  Back-to-school shopping is an expensive but joyous day in our house, helping to get everyone excited about the year to come.  Perhaps our not-even-close-to-Pinteresty-perfect last day of summer helped too.  In any case, it wasn’t as hard as I thought to get everyone up and going for the first day of the year.

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Off to new adventures!  (And mom came home to a quiet house.  Ahhh….)

School to Summer

School to Summer

How are we already almost a month into summer?  As of this post, the kids have been home for 3 weeks.  I guess I better put in these end-of-school pics before they are completely obsolete!

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The last week of school is “Spirit Week,” and each day has a special theme (a nice closing for kids who wear uniforms the rest of the time.)  I only remembered to take pictures on Wild West Day, but you can use your imagination to put these same kids in pajamas, superhero cloaks, or silly hats.  The final day of school was field day, held indoors because of our incredibly rainy May.

The day after school was out, we celebrated with a picnic and hike at Staunton Rocks State Park.  Nathan was our nature trail guide, keeping us well informed at each stop.

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Following the hike (and the rained-out picnic in the car) we drove around, exploring the countryside while listening to Adventures in Odyssey.  It was a relaxed and fun way to launch our summer as a family.

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Now, onward to lots of backyard barbecues, evenings with friends, trips to area attractions, craft projects, water play, and whatever else summer brings.

Guest Post: Nathan Poem

Guest Post: Nathan Poem

one last poem from guest poster Nathan Baylor…  (Written as part of his poetry unit at school)

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Nathan


Nathan

it means gift of god

it is the number 987,654,321

it is the memory of Katya

who taught me gift giving

my name is Nathan

Guest Post: Colorful Me

Guest Post: Colorful Me

a poem from guest poster Nathan Baylor…  (Written as part of his poetry unit at school)

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Colorful Me


Red is the lips of cherry juice

Orange is a squirt of sunshine

Yellow is RADIOACTIVE!

Green is the slow of a turtle

Blue is the lake’s sky

Violet is the robes of night

Brown is chocolate’s food

Black is night’s heart

Rainbow is me and my light

By: Nathan M. B.

(Nathan’s printed version turned out much better, since he used fancy fonts for each line, but at least I could reproduce the colors here!)

 

Guest Post: Geese to Me

Guest Post: Geese to Me

a poem from guest poster Nathan Baylor…  (Written as part of his poetry unit at school)

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Geese to Me

Geese

wings flap

honking loudly squeaking

family reunion, hair flies

squeak then static

twirl down

Slide

twirl down

squeak then static

hair flies, high try

curved straight broken

hands reach

Ladder

hands reach

curved straight broken

high try, plop ah

green oh green

soft blanket

Grass

soft blanket

green oh green

plop ah, true blue

air no tear

wisp cloud

Sky

wisp cloud

air no tear

true blue, yell talk

rhythmic beat ball

dance walk

Play

dance walk

rhythmic beat ball

yell talk, silver metal

held high above

our flag

Pole

our flag

held high above

silver metal, talk walk

play all day

school rule

Child

school rule

play all day

talk walk, Connor Finn

smartly tell explanations

read to

Me

All About Katya

All About Katya

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As student of the week, Katya got to take the classroom bear home for the weekend.  Penny had lots of fun playing with Katya and Cinnamon!

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Katya also filled out a poster about herself to share with the class.  She used lots of colors and stickers, and some very neat handwriting!

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Here’s what she wrote:

I am 6 years old.  My birthday is March 7th.  I live in Denver, CO.  I am in this grade: 1st.  My teacher is Mrs. Stevens.  I get to school by car.  These are the members of my family: Mommy, Daddy, Nathan.  When I grow up I would like to be a vet.  These are a few of my favorite things!  Color: Purple.  Animal: Dogs.  Food: Berries.  Sport: Gymnastics.  Thing to do in school: Reading.  Thing to do at home: Build with Legos and build tents.  I am a superstar because I do acrobatics.  I show others I care by I help mommy cook.  Write three super-cool facts about yourself here: 1) I have a loft bed.  2) I can play piano.  3) I have been on a steam train.

That’s Katya!

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