I don't think I posted back to school pics here since I hit up Facebook instead.
Miller is in the dual language program at his school (it's a pilot). He has 1.5 of the 3 hour block dedicated to reading, writing, and social studies in Spanish and the other half in English. Then he spends the rest of the day using English for math, science, and whatever else they do. His main teacher is the Spanish speaking teacher so he's immersed/exposed to it more than the other class (they have 2 classes of 18 that switch for that period of time) which helps, I think.
We are five weeks into the school year and I think he's doing a great job. He's picking up and reciting more things in Spanish. Ryan and I are app dependent for quite a bit to make sure we are saying things correctly.
He's reading more fluently (English) and appears to really do well with math. We don't have our first conference until the middle of October but so far, it's not affecting him negatively which was my main concern.
He got to take Mooch the Monkey (or something like that home) this weekend. The teacher gives the Ty beanie out to one kid each week that has earned it for being student of the week. Miller said he received it because he tried the hardest to learn Spanish this week. Whoot woo! Except now I have to help him write a short report on what he did. Always more work for me. :)
We are also working on his "Hispanic Week" report. He received Argentina as his country to research. We did a little surfing today and got the flag and map taken care of. Next weekend we will hit up foods and special facts. Then we have to decorate some doll in traditional clothing. Then, he has to give an oral report. At least they gave us plenty of time to get it done because this about drained the patience meter for me.
Mason is also soaring at school and I think he likes his big boy classroom. He is doing more and more that I forgot Miller did at that age. To us, he's still the baby in the house.
Mason has already outgrown the shoes I bought for back to school. Miller's have fallen apart. Today I dropped another hefty debit card swipe at the shoe store for new shoes. I can't believe how quickly they either outgrow or destroy them. I quit buying $20 cheap ones years ago but the more expensive ones don't seem to last either. Sigh. Darn kids.
Mason's back to school pics were adorable. Miller has his this week so I need to find him a shirt to wear. Of course he doesn't want anything nice and I am not willing to shell out a big amount of money for one pic = one time wear. Maybe he will have to wear his school polo. We will see.
Time to go figure out what else I need to prep for school this week. Fundraiser stuff came home and a wish list for extra supplies. I look forward to our taxes going up $50 per year for the school if it helps eliminate the money I shell out every month on little things here and there. Somehow I think it won't make a difference on what we send to school but it will help improve the aging buildings and lack of technology at the schools.