Regan and I Are a Family!!

Shepherd, Regan, and I Are a Family!!!

Friday, April 06, 2007

The Tooth Fairy and the Birthday Girl

This week had several exciting happenings. On Tuesday, Allison lost her first tooth! She was very excited to have lost a tooth so early. She actually has two teeth pushing through and will soon lose a second. My mom got her tooth pillow finished that night and Allison was thrilled to wake up and discover the Tooth Fairly had left two gold coins. She was nice enough to give Konnor one coin since he has yet to lose a tooth. Jason gave her a dollar to replace her gold coin and as a reward for her niceness.

On Wednesday, it was Elizabeth's 7th birthday! We celebrated that night with cake and presents and next weekend we are planning on taking her bowling. She had a good day at school because it was field day. I thought this worked out well since she wasn't doing a good job of keeping her mind off of her birthday so it was perfect no thinking was expected from her! Elizabeth has been doing well in school and has gotten all green cards for several months. This is such an improvement over last year. I think it helps that the school has a positive behavior approach, and Elizabeth is learning consequences through consistency of discipline both at home and at school. She also loves her teacher. All in all, we are thrilled with Trafalgar Elementary. Elizabeth is also doing well in school. She is an especially good reader. The public schools take part in a program called Accelerated Reader. It is a program where books are sorted according to grade level. Each book is worth a certain amount of points. For elementary school, it is generally 0.5-1 point. Students then have reading goals that they meet as part of her grade. They are awarded when they reach a certain amount of points. At Trafalgar, they have charm necklaces. The students earn charms for participating in different programs and clubs. They can then go to parties scheduled throughout the year if they earn enough charms. Elizabeth is now reading on a 4.5-4.8 grade level. This means she is reading at a level that is expected from a fourth grader five months into the school year through 8 months into the school year. Not bad for a first grader! The hard part is pulling her away from reading to do math!

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