Joel and Noah

About a year ago Nicholas and Joel started playing together a lot. Nicholas was almost 4 and Joel was almost 3 at that point. Recently, Joel has started playing with Noah all the time. They laugh and run around and have the best time. Noah is about a year delayed so even though they are the exact same age, Noah’s reached the point developmentally Joel was at a year ago. Joel’s the age Nicholas was when the two of them started playing together so much so I guess it makes perfect sense that the twins are now able to play together, too.

Nicholas and Noah’s 4th Quarter Grades

Nicholas and Noah both did so great this school year. They both know all 26 upper and lowercase letters, the sounds all 26 letters make, and can rote count to 30 (the max they test pre-k kids to). Pre-K kids are scored 1 to 4. Mostly they scored 2s and 3s.

In self-awareness, which includes things like waiting their turn, self-regulating, and showing initiative. Nicholas got a pretty even mix of 2s and 3s. Noah got mostly 3s in that section.

In self-management, which includes things like remaining focused in group activities for 20 minutes and free/center play activities for 25 minutes, showing flexibility to changes in routine, and following 2- and 3-step instructions, Nicholas got all 2s and one 3 (in staying engaged in free play activities) and Noah got a mix of 2s and 3s.

In social awareness, which includes things like using imagination and identifying similarities and differences in families, Nicholas got all 3s and a 2 and Noah got all 3s.

In relationship skills, which includes things like interacting positively with peers and adults and initiating social interactions with peers, they both got a pretty even mix of 2s and 3s.

In responsible decision-making, which includes taking care of materials appropriately and showing curiosity and trying new approaches, Nicholas got all 2s and a 3 and Noah got all 3s.

In emergent literacy, which includes all sorts of pre-reading skills, Nicholas got all 2s and Noah got a mix of 2s and 3s. Nicholas’ stage of writing is letter-like forms or mock letters and Noah’s stage of writing is wavy scribbles or mock letters.

In emergent math, which includes all sorts of pre-math skills, Nicholas got almost all 3s and a couple 2s and Noah got all 3s.

In additional standards, which includes things like using sensory language to describe objects and observing and exploring the natural processes in the environment, Nicholas got all 3s and Noah got mostly 3s and a 2.

School’s Out

Yesterday was the last day for the 2022-23 school year. Now we have a 75 day summer break. In August we’ll have two in pre-k (at two different schools since Noah will still be in ECSE), one in kindergarten, one in first grade, one in second grade, one in third grade, and a sophomore and a senior in high school.

Fritz is all done his junior year. When he unloaded his backpack he saved a pile of stuff and said there was information about applying to college in there because that’s coming up quick. He took AP US History this year and while it was a lot of work he also learned a lot.

Adrian finished his freshman year. He loves DATA in spite of the long bus ride (his best friend is going to another magnet at the same school next year, though, so the bus ride will be a bonus. There were three or four fires set at their school the last few months so he did indeed learn what happens when there is arson. He said he won’t have holidays because he’ll be going to summer school for six weeks (taking art and PE so he can get all the appropriate credits to graduate because of iCSI).

Zeke completed second grade. I have no idea where he got play tennis for what he plans to do over the summer. He’ll be playing some other sports, but not tennis. He doesn’t know why he said that either.

Mayci finished first grade. Of course she said she wants to do her summer workbook this summer because she loves school and anything that looks like school. The year was a little rough due to having a completely inexperienced teacher, but we made it through! I just hope Anthony doesn’t get her next year.

Anthony finished kindergarten. It turns out the kid is crazy smart, incredibly ADHD, and a little bit lazy and stubborn (maybe more like a lot stubborn). If Nicholas doesn’t get the teacher Anthony (and Mayci) had for kindergarten I’m going to be sad because I absolutely love her. Then again, if he has the other kinder teacher we’ll have collected the whole set (when I said that once a principal said they should totally make teacher trading cards so you can collect them all).

Nicholas finished pre-k. By walker he means the way he gets home from school. I always love how little kids answer the what do you want to be when you grow up question. I’m sad that the teacher he (and Mayci and Anthony) had for pre-k is retiring this year so Joel won’t have her. The assistant principal said they hired an amazing replacement, though, and I’ll love her.

Noah has completed pre-k3. I love that he wants to be Noah when he grows up (and even very carefully spelled it out for me). He’s made amazing progress this progress this year and his teachers both said they hope to get him in their class again next year because they just love him. It’ll be nice when he’s in kindergarten and they all go to the same school and no longer have to get him on and off his bus and deal with a second elementary school, though!

And then there’s Joel who got to be the only one at home this whole school year. He got incredibly spoiled and has been my dad’s shadow (not sure who is going to miss the other more – probably my dad since Joel will be busy in school). I love that he said he wants to be a grown up when he grows up.

Pre-K Progress Reports

Nicholas and Noah got their final pre-k progress reports last week. They both are making progress on asking questions about new concepts and things they don’t understand. They have both mastered holding a writing tool with a functional grip, identifying their name in isolation, and taking to adults at school. Noah has also mastered drawing a person with a head, body, and limbs and Nicholas is making progress on that skill. They both engage in social play with the other children. (I have actually never seen evidence that Noah holds his writing tool correctly or can draw a person and he is only semi-verbal, but they always score him very high while Nicholas’ teacher is more realistic about what the kids can do.)

Church Sleeper

Noah was a bit fussy during the first part of church a couple weeks ago. Fritz ended up taking him and getting his noise reducing headphones (which Noah had ripped off his head a few minutes before) on him right and within minutes Noah was sound asleep. He stayed asleep being moved to my dad’s arms after Sacrament Meeting and then later to my mom’s arms and kept sleeping all the way to the end of church.