Thursday, August 24, 2006

Thirteen things about Jacob's first week of school (5th grade):

1. He loves riding the bus to and from school.

2. He loves being able to sleep in until 7 a.m. and not leave the house until 7:45 a.m. (When he attended the before and after school program he'd get up at 6 a.m.)

3. He loves getting home before 3 p.m. (He used to get home around 4:30 p.m. from the after school program.)

4. Really likes getting off the bus in time to get some juice or fruit before school starts. (The school serves free breakfast... great idea!)

5. Getting hot and yucky sweaty playing football with his friends at recess.

6. He likes changing teachers for different subjects. (Not only does it prepare him for jr. high, but I'm sure it's more exciting and energizing to get up and move around during the day.)

7. The first day Jacob walked into his classroom and found his assigned seat he noticed he sat right next to his girlfriend, Morgan. (Jacob and Morgan met at before/after school program their first day of kindergarten. Jacob was very shy and nervous. Morgan helped calm him down and helped him relax, and they've been best buds ever since. It's pretty cute :p)

8. Reading AR books for points... not number of books per week. Jacob has a very high reading level. He's been reading at least 2 grade levels above his grade since 1st grade. Last year 4th graders read one AR book a week. Jacob was constantly reading. He had to read a book a week on his level... and a 6th+ grade reading level gave him books with 200-300 pages... worth 10 AR points. (And I give him MAD PROPS for not choosing "easy" books or books with less pages! The other kids were reading 3rd and 4th grade books worth 0.5-2 points!)
So this year if he reads two books and earns his points then he's "done" for the 9 weeks. (But he'll continue to read. He's way into WWII right now.)

9. Getting to play on the new playground. The brand new $1.5 million playground. Wait 'til I post pictures! Foamy playing surface, overhead covered benches, w/c accessible swings and basketball goals/courts, brand new basketball goals, 4 or 5 separate playing areas with slides and monkey bars, and a rock wall!!!!!!! Unbelievable! Are you sensing my jealousy? Where was this playground when I went to that school 20 years ago? ;)

10. Looking forward to basketball tryouts. He's never played on a team before, but plays with his buddies. He does a pretty good job and taught himself. What he's got going for him: his height. Just under 5'6". What he's got going against him: Osgood-Schlatter Disease.

11. Middle school algebra. He's really enjoying it. (I'm all over algebra, but calculus and trigonometry... not so much. Any takers?)

12. Individual study time (like study hall) to decrease homework. He still has homework, but not nearly as much as I remember bringing home. But it's only week one, right?)

13. His favorite brand new t-shirts:


(That one just cracks me up.)

(So true. So.true. That one is my favorite!)

*So far I've sent in an order of 61 bracelets and 14 t-shirts... a total of $486 for Brains for Baylie!!!!! (click the link to read more about Baylie and her bracelets... and order some while you're there ;) Last week two T13ers purchased bracelets after reading about Baylie. Let's do the same this week! :)

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Blogger sobeit said...

It always great to hear that a child is having fun at school....with even the little things like AR points. I hope he has a great year! Happy TT!


12:17 AM  
Blogger Southern Girl said...

I love those T-shirts! And that's so great that Jacob loves to read that much -- and that he's already doing algebra! Wow. I don't think we got into that until the seventh grade and then just barely.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

those shirts are hillarious!! great list! Thanks for vising me!!!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Sounds like your son loves school. I have a grandson who is in the 5th this year, and also loves to read!

My TT is up.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Awww, sounds like a great first week of school! And I LOVE the Mister Rogers t-shirt!!! Happy TT!

12:57 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Your son is off to a great start! LOL on the T-Shirts. Those are really cute.
Have a great Thursday!

1:07 AM  
Blogger crse said...

That is a great list! My oldest starts pre-school in two weeks. I hope he finds 13 things to like!

2:20 AM  
Anonymous kristarella said...

5'6"! That's huge, I was imagining him like the boys in 5th grade that I know, they're more like 4'6".
Sounds like a good school.

2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a good school
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3:35 AM  
Blogger Nadiah Alwi said...

#4 is really a great idea! :D

thanks 4 visiting my TT!

4:31 AM  
Blogger Aginoth said...

nice list, our school year starts in 2 weeks in the UK. My Son has recently changed schools and is looking forward to his new one.

My TT is up

4:41 AM  
Anonymous Tricia said...

Great list, I'm glad he's enjoying things so far. The t-shirts are cute.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Tee-T said...

Hmmmm....I'm just wondering if I can find that lying t-shirt in my husband's size. hahaha

6:53 AM  
Blogger Irish Church Lady :) said...

I enjoyed reading this list! Glad growing older agrees with him.

Thanks for visiting me earlier...have a great Thursday!

7:21 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Great t-shirts, especially the first one! Good that he's enjoying it; I always loved to go back to school again.
My TT is about my new kitten.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Goofy Girl said...

Sounds like he's having a great time!

7:33 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

I'm glad he's enjoying school. :) And I need to get the lying t-shirt. ;)

7:41 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

LOL @ the shirts!

My oldest is starting 5th grade soon too. I think it's just amazing how much more grown up she is since last year (you've probably witnessed the same thing). :)

7:54 AM  
Blogger "D" said...

those tee shirts crack me up, sounds like what MY 5th grade son wears. Cute list, my guy starts 5th grade in 2 weeks. Happy 13...

8:03 AM  
Blogger Mama Duck said...

Great T-shirts! Happy TT - ours is up!

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

I'm glad he's happy about school! Cute shirts.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

thanks for stopping by -- I agree -- great minds:) I loved your list, and can so identify with all of them. Ethan is a sophmore this year. His favorite shirt says: (something to this effect) -- its a picture of the world, and its says' See, the world DOES revolve around me".

We loved the AR program. Ethan has always been an avid reader -- like Jacob, several years above his grade level. We are moving to a new church building this fall, and before they packed up the library, (which isn't going to the new building) -- we were told to get what books we wanted. Ethan wanted the "Left Behind" series. I think there was 7 or 8 books. He's read all but 1 of them, I think, this summer.

8:54 AM  
Blogger FruitfulSpirit said...

Sounds like Jacob is off to a good start. Reading is so fundamental to all we do it is great that he enjoys it so much! I love his T-shirts too! Especially the last one! And if I read it right he is in the 5th grade and stands 5'5"? He is taller than I am. Big boy! Hope you are having a great Thursday!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

I'm so glad he is liking school and all of the changes. Sounds like they are preparing him for the big change of Jr. High around the corner. My they do grow up so quick. Great list and love the T-shirts. -M

9:05 AM  
Blogger Mom Nancy said...

It's great that your son loves school. Mine just started preschool and he LOVES it. I hope it continues. My 16 year old isn't as excited by school as she used to be.

Thanks for stopping by!

9:18 AM  
Blogger FrogLegs said...

great list!! :) fun, fun, fun! Nathan has a super fun playground here too-- we ar so going to go play in it today. ;) School starts in 2 more weeks...

9:23 AM  
Blogger mar said...

Awww, how sweet he is enjoying school so much. Juice and fruit at school for b'fast, great and healthy idea!!! Love the t-shirts, I'd need one to show I am blogging, I am busy, lol! happy TT!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Marti said...

Wow, the playground sounds awesome! It's always nice to hear kids liking school. :)

10:05 AM  
Blogger Butterfly Kisses said...

What a cute 13. His school sounds amazing.

10:06 AM  
Blogger It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Kimmy I am not playing this week but am going to make up a list of my blessing instead. Since I have had a rotten couple of weeks I think I will do a Thursday Therapy week instead. I am so glad that you posted. That means you are a "little bit" better since you can post. I always love it when I see your name on bloglines!! Keep going one day at a time!! smile!!! lots of hugs from me to you!! Sandy

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Mandy said...

Cool! Breakfast at school. They should do that everywhere, it would save a lot of fuss first thing in the mornings at home.

Nice TT :=)


10:46 AM  
Blogger on the Rock said...

Waking up later than 6 is much better! Thanks for stopping by!

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

Great list - love those t-shirts (I might even wear one or two of those, LOL!) and I think it's great that he loves to read and is already into some good math. Sounds like a great school (can't beat a free breakfast) with a cool playground :)

Have a wonderful day; thanks for stopping by my T13 earlier!

11:05 AM  
Blogger Chaotic Mom said...

Your son sounds SO COOL! I hope my boys turn out neat like him. ;)

School starts soon for us. YEAH!!!!!

11:27 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

So glad he is liking school! Great t-shirts too! lol

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Shari said...

Your son's school sounds awesome. I loved hearing that they finally wised up to the need for something like AR points. When I was in school, I took the darn "books read" prize every single week for three years straight, because I was reading the normal 3rd grade pap when I was actually able to read high-school books. When my parents realized how much time I was wasting trying to get that award every week, I was shut down big time. LOL Then I felt miserable because the other kids were getting the award, not realizing that it's harder to read a high school book every week than a pile of Golden Age Books! SO glad that has been adjusted for, at least at your son's school. :-) My TT is up!

11:40 AM  
Blogger Norma said...

This reminds me so much of. . .7th grade! Things have moved back a bit (or is that forward?)

Thanks for visiting my TT.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

He sounds all set for this year. How awesome!

12:05 PM  
Blogger LaFlor said...

the lying t-shirt is hilarious!!! i'd wear one, too lol

12:48 PM  
Blogger Virginia (Jenny) said...

My son just started Kindergarten too! He loves it. :)

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Janet ( said...

Glad he's enjoying school!

Thanks for visiting :-)

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there!!! Loved your 13 and the post about the little girl. I'll check that out too. My kids don't start school unitl sept 5th so I still have time.

Take care!!!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Suzy said...

You are just amazing. I read all about your diagnoses and what you've been through. Just amazing. My heart is with you.

5th grade is my fave. I love them at that age. I am glad he likes 5th grade.

1:46 PM  
Blogger LaShawn said...

Love the shirts. My boys have shirts that say "My brother did it"..I have three it is always true!

2:05 PM  
Blogger PixiePincessMom said...

I'm glad he is having a good year in 5th grade. My oldest is also in 5th grade & now I'm really hoping we don't learn algebra!

Thanks for visiting my TT. Hope you have a good afternoon.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Kimba said...

Glad to hear your son is loving school...hopefull that will always be the case! My daughter doesn't start 7th grade until next week...ah, the pressure!

2:37 PM  
Blogger crygibb said...

I hope he continues to like school. We dont start until Sept. 6 so hopefully all will go well here too. Thanks for visiting my site. Happy Thursday!

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

#9: I'm coming over to play!!!!!!!

Hilarious t-shirts....

Thanks for stopping by :-)

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Lori said...

Fun list! I'm glad he's enjoying his 5th grade year. I wish my girls weren't so surly about having to work more again...and I wish the little moppet from next door wouldn't come knocking on our door every hour on the hour to see if "the girls can come out and play". GRRRRRR.

Thanks for your comment at my I can have someone listed on my list!

3:30 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

They're so cute at that age. :)
Great list!

Thanks for visiting my TT!

3:58 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Can't wait until my girls go to school... well, maybe I can. But still a great T13!

Enjoy your Thursday!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Lyn said...

What a shirt - probably lying! lol
My T13 is up
Thanks, lgp

5:13 PM  
Blogger Zeus said...

It sounds like he is having an absolute blast at school! Those shirts are too too funny. I think the Mister Rogers one is my favorite. I hope Jacob makes the basketball team as well!

Happy Thursday to you!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

Props for the T-shirts! The Mister Rogers one is a hoot :)

Best of luck to your son in his 5th grade year.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Christine said...

Sounds like you've got a pretty smart kid there. Way to go!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous e said...

I need to get that last tshirt too ;)

Also? I *love* the description of the new playground! I so wish we had one like that around here, but the closest one to us is up in Brisbane. Apparently the city likes to make really good parks for its inhabitants!

6:07 PM  
Blogger Ghost said...

He sounds like a wonderful boy and he's so lucky to have such a proud and loving mom. Thanks for sharing him with us.


7:16 PM  
Blogger Mandy said...

I'm glad he's havin' fun at school! You're in my prayers! My TT is up!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

my girls loved, loved, love the AR points and it shows as they have received a lot. I like that they are reading so much altho I imagine they would be reading so much regardless.
a nice list this week.
thanks ffor visiting my tt this week.
have a great week!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

AH! A reader - someone after my own heart!! You go, Jacob!!

(I put my check in the mail to you today!)

Much love to you and have a good weekend!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Geekwif said...

Love the t-shirts! Especially that last one!

9:09 PM  
Blogger Raggedy said...

5th grade is fun!
Great TT
My TT is up
Have a wonderful Thursday!

Prayers for Bailey.

9:09 PM  
Blogger PresentStorm said...

Ugghhh I am glad someone in this world likes Algebra...I HATE it. Yuck!

10:13 PM  
Blogger Dane Bramage said...

Glad the kid likes school. I have to see if the nephew likes school next week. He starts kindergarten. Mt T13 is up.

11:05 PM  
Blogger something blue said...

Those are very cool new t-shirts for going back to school!

I think I'd love to be back in the fifth grade. Jacob's school sounds like it is a wonderful place.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Kailani said...

Awww . . . to be young and in love. It's so cute! Happy T13 and thanks for stopping by!

2:38 AM  
Blogger Happy Mama to Three said...

School has just begun here and my two are just finding their groove. Sounds like your's already has. My son's favorite new t-shirt is one with a computer on front that says "Put down the mouse, do it slowly and carefully, and nobody gets hurt." Yeah he's odd for a six year old. But I LOVE him.

My TT is up

4:56 AM  
Blogger Darla said...

I love those T-shirts! My older son's favorite says "National Sarcasm Society. Like we need your support." He's a teenager--it fits him perfectly. :)

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the t shirts!

thanks for visiting mine.

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Artist said...

Thanks for stopping by yesterday.
Great list - my daughter loves 5th grade too!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Looks like he's really enjoying school!

8:48 AM  
Blogger Dane Bramage said...

Thanks for stopping by. When are you going to publish your journal of quotes??!!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Mindless Dribbler said...

How's my buddy today?? :)

"i'm probably lying" needs to be MY shirt Kimmy....

Glad Jacob is enjoying the 5th grade so far...the AR tests always kept my son's interest in reading.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love you girl!!!


11:59 PM  
Anonymous anneberit said...

Sounds like he really enjoys his school, and I so understands why he loves to sleep another hour in the morning ;) And so many books; how great!!

Happy weekend to the both of you :D

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Jenny Ryan said...

I know some people who could use the "I'm busy" shirt :)

Thanks for visiting my TT!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Shelli said...

I am glad that he is enjoying school. You sound very lucky to have such a smart, independant boy. I like his t-shirt choices, too.

10:23 AM  

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