Super (Kids) Day

Hello Friends,

One quick note before I launch into today’s post. The 100th Day of School is a thing – clearly, I had no appreciation for this school milestone. Wife informed me that I would’ve known this if I spent anytime on Facebook. I learned after coming across multiple pictures of 100th- Day projects while looking up images for today. G.I.Joe always said knowing is half the battle, and, now I know. Moving on…

Today’s theme is also a “thing”, if you happen to have a student learning to read with the Superkids program. Sweetie’s class has been using the program all year. She loves the online games and songs. I love that she keeps picking up books around the house and reading them. I appreciate witnessing the results of her school days.

Today is Superkid day, where the students choose one of the fourteen Superkid characters and dress like him or her.

Sweetie chose “Ettabetta”, known for her love of puzzles, riddles and ryhming names. Glasses? Check. Blue hair ribbon? Check. Elf brooch? Check. Details nailed, happy kid.

Besides emulating these characters, who they love, the kids also get an “out-of-uniform” day. So it’s like a double bonus around here.

That’s our big excitement for today. Chicago is slated to get slammed with snow over the next days, we’ll just have to see what happens. Stay safe out there, friends. I hope you are having a super day too! (groan)

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100 Days

Hello Friends,

The girls just celebrated the 100th day of school. The teachers use this milestone to teach about the number “100”. They excercise creativity and make up fun counting and grouping activities. Sweetie’s teacher requested that the kids bring in 100 pieces of a particular item for their celebration. Here’s her submission:

We discussed the project for two weeks without settling on a particular item. Then, while cleaning and sorting some bricks, I came up with a Lego-based project (okay, didn’t mean to be literal there). I ran the idea past Sweetie and we agreed on three sets of 25 bricks and one set of 25 random pieces (understood and translated by Sweetie as “rainbow”).

After double-checking my brick count, Sweetie got to building. She went with a school/classroom build in alignment with the theme. And I just let her build.

This is all her, with one exception. She was having a time getting the yellow gate to act like a door, so I made the suggestion to put it on the propeller. I pulled that bit o’ genius from my “Lego Maniac” days. See if you can spot some pieces from those days. Yep, there’s some classic space in there, along with windows from the town hospital set, and obviously two of the minifigures are retro.

I’ll write more about my history with Lego bricks at another time. Suffice to say it was many happy years of building. My long-time friend Captain Jack and I were often at odds as I would keep the kits together and organized, while he would combine them to create complex, original structures. Isn’t that the Lego dilemma? Good times, though.

I enjoyed watching Sweetie build her project with Lego. So thank you TLG for inspiring yet another generation to build with your blocks. I have to admit I was taken aback by the project as a whole, though. Are we really that far into the school year? It feels like time is flying since we moved back into the house. And I really can’t use that as an excuse anymore. Well, we’ll just have to look forward to the next 100 days!