Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here is something I do know about 11 year olds - sometimes they need a little extra organizational guidance. Enter Check-List-Maker-Of-The-Year. I won that award at our before-school expectations meeting with Sam about a week ago (held at our dining room table). You see, there were a few tiny (yet important) tasks that were not getting done over the last school year. Items like showering once a day, putting on deodorant, hanging the towel up on the hook in the bathroom, making the bed, getting homework done the night before it is due, having the school bag packed before you fly out the front door, and so on. I know, I know. These items are surely not top priority in the life of any 6th grader, but when you are living with the Sullivan’s, these are life skills that must be conquered. And according to my brain type, sometimes the best reminder for getting things done is a check-list. I know this isn’t the case for every brain, but I thought I would have Sam try it out and see if it worked. And when I presented him with my check-list masterpiece, he and Jake were kind of impressed. Of course there is no doubt that a neat, multicolored, bulleted list of items with big, crisp, check-me squares for each day of the week can impress even the most fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants mind! And now the list hangs in Sam’s room….items just begging to be completed each morning. And so far, the results are in, and it has worked! WHOOO HOOOO!
Now, let’s talk football.
Let’s see, another new thing with Sam is that his room has been moved downstairs and he is now roommates with Peprah instead of JJ. I know that Sam LOVES having Peprah around because he tells us almost every single day!!!! And Peprah is a great role model for Sam to look up to. I am sure Sam is going to appreciate sharing a room with an ‘older brother’ rather than a 4 year old. :)
Sam was also one of the lucky ones to receive the 6th grade teacher that almost every single one of his friends wanted….Mr. Adams. This is Mr. Adams’ first year in the Huxley school district, he’s 25 years old, and I believe the only male 6th grade teacher. Mr. Adams’ is a MAJOR basketball fan, and sports fan for that matter. And, in less than 2 weeks of school Mr. Adams has already achieved cool-cat-status in Sam’s mind. Here’s hoping for a wonderful school year ahead!