I received an invitation to a Mother's Tea at Leo's school. The invitation stated that we should "Dress to Impress." Leo interpreted this to mean.... a bright plaid shirt; cute blue chinos; boat shoes; and.... his favorite tights. I was definitely impressed.
Aidan had the best school year of his life, under the incredible guidance of his gifted teacher. Perhaps Mrs. Henning's most amazing attribute as a teacher is her ability to create a cohesive, cooperative community of learners among the diverse group of students in her class. Her classroom was organized, inviting, friendly, and lush with opportunity for learning. She holds high expectations of her students, yet she is compassionate and kind. She is funny and fun, yet knows how to bring order to chaos with a single hand gesture. She exudes love of children and a passion for teaching, and Aidan flourished in ways I could have only dreamed. I am filled with gratitude for the gift that Mrs. Henning gave to Aidan - the gift of his second grade year.
To celebrate the beginning of summer, we presented a "Butterfly Kit" to the boys on the last day of school. Five larvae arrived in our mailbox, complete with instructions on how to care for them as they moved from larvae to chrysalis, and as we're still waiting and observing (in a larger habitat), to Painted Lady Butterflies. Pax absolutely loved to watch the caterpillars as they ate their way though TONS of food, growing in front of our very eyes! One morning, we measured them against a penny held to the side of the cup. In the morning, the larvae just barely reached beyond the edge of the penny. By afternoon, it was fully sticking out of each end and was noticeably fatter, too! Very exciting stuff, I tell you!
|Ah, Summer: the best is yet to come.|