Saturday, March 12, 2011

Reading with a new friend

Our library hosted an event today where kids can read to a dog. The dogs are from  Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) and are trained to sit quietly and listen to kids read. Honestly, when I think about how mind-numbing it can get to listen to three-letter words being sounded out, I think I might need to go through this training course myself.



Simone wasn't sure what kind of harebrained scheme I'd dreamed up when I asked her earlier this week if she would read a book to a dog at the library, and she initially told me that she didn't want to take part.




Now she's glad she did, and she wants to go back next month to finish reading Barbie and the Magic of the Pegasus to her new friend Schatzie!

Friday, March 4, 2011

How I set examples for my kid...

The school nurse called today to let me know that Simone was complaining that her ear hurts and she probably has an ear infection. So her dad picked her up and I called the doctor and got us squeezed in this afternoon. I left work at lunch time, stopped for a drink (not the happy hour kind, but just a non-alcoholic soda) and did a couple of errands before I met them at the doctor's office.

While we were waiting in the examining room (forever), Simone saw a model showing how atherosclerosis can affect an artery over time. The cross-section was divided into several lengths, each showing a different level of blockage. It was pink-ish and plastic-y, so I guess it was interesting to Simone. She asked what it was, so I got it from the shelf and told her that it shows what might happen to your arteries when you eat too many unhealthy foods and don't exercise. I also took the opportunity to remind her what some healthy food choicess are - fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, and water to drink.

She looked up at me with a worried look and wailed, "So why did you just go to Sonic and get a Dr. Pepper?!?!?!"

Ahhhhh...caught red handed! I never said all my examples were good ones. I guess if I had gone to happy hour, I could at least have claimed my red wine had antioxidants!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

So is she still a pumpkinhead?

Today is Dr. Suess' birthday, and to celebrate, the students at Simone's school were allowed to ditch their uniforms for the day and dress as their favorite character from a story book. Since I had exactly one day to prepare for this, I thought about three books with characters that would be somewhat easy to replicate with things from around the house, and let her choose. She chose Daisy-Head Maizey.

Maizey wears a pink dress throughout the story. Not surprisingly, Simone has many pink dresses. Maizey sprouts a white daisy on her head very early in the story. Weirdly, we've had a fake white chrysanthemum hanging around the house for about a year. I have no idea where it came from, but it won't go away. I hot-glued that thing to a green pipe cleaner and stuck it in her ponytail this morning.

I give you...Daisy-Head Pumpkinhead...


I have no idea why she looks so scared. I guess I'd be scared too if a flower sprouted out of my head.