June 28, 2017, first thing in the morning

*I’ve decided to go to college. It’s a bit weird, as I’m 48, but I guess there’s no time like the present? Anyway, this morning I was telling Dave how I scored on the practice Accuplacer tests I took last night, while Isobel was playing on the floor with her Hello Kitty stuff nearby…*

Me: “So, I got 100 percent on the reading comprehension, and 100 percent on the sentence structure… but twenty-seven percent on elementary algebra.”
Him: “Well, you knew you’d have trouble with that.”
Me: “Yeah…”
Isobel: “Mommy, what’s that, elementary algebra?”
Me: “It’s the math with the letters in it that makes me cry.”
Is: “Don’t worry, Mommy, I’ll help you! Do you know what four plus four is?”
Me: “Aw, thanks, Is! Yes, is it eight?”
Is: “Yes! Okay, what’s X plus X?”
Me: …
Dave: “You’re scaring mom…”
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February 1, 2017

*Is gets two or three pages of homework every day (except Fridays), and once a month the teachers send home a new Sight Words sheet. We put that sheet up on the fridge after we work on reading the words together. But after we do the words, Isobel and I take turns making up little stories that use all the words in order, the sillier the better. I like to start my stories with, ‘It was a dark and stormy night…’

Today, the first sight word was ‘she’. We didn’t get much further than that, because…*

“She was a dark and stormy night…”

“HAHAHAHAHAHA! Isobel, that’s hilarious.”

“I’m not done, Mommy.”

“Dude, sorry. Please continue.”

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December 19, 2016

*Isobel’s class has all the kids doing holiday cards for each other- they’ll be making mailbags in class to collect the cards from their classmates. So, of course they’re due on WEDNESDAY, and we just started them today… anyway, we get to the card for a kid named J. (who is not a popular kid, Is has told us time and again that he does things the other kids don’t like, and he thinks he’s being funny when he’s not, and most of the kids don’t like him. Is is decorating the cards…*

“So, Is, what do you want to do on J.’s card? Glue some sequins, draw a picture… you don’t have to write ‘love, Isobel’ at the end, if you don’t want to, you can write ‘from Isobel’ instead…”
“No, Mommy, I’m going to make a good happy picture, and make him a really nice card, because maybe it will make him happy.”
“You are absolutely the nicest person I know, Is.”
“And I’m gonna put explanation marks after love, so then he’ll be really happy, because I’m shouting my love.”

#ShoutingLove

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December 9, 2015

*Last week at school was the letter ‘D’ week- and the kids had doughnuts for a treat for snack one day. Previously, Is has refused every doughnut we’ve ever offered her. Also, she won’t eat cake.*

“Mommy! We had a new snack today!”
“Really?”
“Yes! It was white… and yellow inside. And you bite it and it tastes delicious!”
“Those were doughnuts, cake doughnuts.”
“Wow. Can we get some of those?”
“Sure thing.”

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September 10, 2014

*Is’s first day of school was yesterday… she had a blast, but got a little bump from another kid*

“How was your day, Is?”
“It was fun. I played with a plastic train… and the car in the playground!”
“Wow! Anything else?”
“Some kid pushed me.”
“Really? Did you fall down?”
“No.”
“What did the teacher say?”
“She told the kid, ‘We don’t push’.”
“Oh. Was that okay?”
“Yeah. It was a naxident.”
“An accident?”
“Yes.”
“I’m glad you’re okay, Is. Do you want to go back tomorrow?”
“Yes! I like school!”

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