It's almost August!

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It's almost August!
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Fri, 07-25-2008 - 4:13am

Summer is almost over. I'm seeing the back to school sales in the ads.

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Fri, 07-25-2008 - 10:07am
Almost over?

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Fri, 07-25-2008 - 6:07pm

We're also only halfway through -- five weeks down, five to go. She has three more weeks of day camp, then a week at Grandma's house, and then a week of vacation at home with me.

I am starting to think about back-to-school shopping, though. I don't buy a lot of clothes ahead of time, but I want to get her supplies before the stores are all picked over.

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Sat, 07-26-2008 - 12:20pm

Sneakyg, what I do about the school supplies is rather than buy them all at once, I toss about $5 worth of stuff into my cart each week when I go food shopping at Walmart during the summer vacation.

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Mon, 08-11-2008 - 11:27pm
We have about a week and a half to go. I am excited, nervous and dreading starting back up. I'm excited because I now that Lindsay will do great and I think that Philip will have another great year. I'm nervous because I don't know who they will have as teachers and I'm dreading having to get up early and hit the floor running again. I am not a morning person at all.

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Tue, 08-12-2008 - 12:00am

I don't buy a lot of clothes at the start of school either. It's still warm, they are still wearing shorts and it makes no sense to me to buy fall clothes when they can't wear them and will probably out grow it before they can. Plus I know that if I do buy a bigger size anticipating that growth they won't grow and I'll end up spend extra money so they can have clothes that fit.

We still haven't gotten our school supply lists. I just got an email from a friend at the school who was asking for volunteers to help get the mailings out. That means we'll get them by Friday.

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Tue, 08-12-2008 - 8:07am

I am definitely a morning person, and since Ian does daycamp in the summer, I'm up, dressed and made up, ready to go at the same time as I would be during the schoolyear.

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Tue, 08-12-2008 - 11:14am

Hopefully that is the reason he has her.

I know there are a couple of teachers that parents are nervous about having but can be very good fits for certain students. There is only one teacher I've met at my son's school who I would not like to have. She teaches second grade so I'll only have to deal with that once Lindsay is there. She isn't a bad teacher, she just has a tendency to focus on the areas the kids need to work on while completely ignoring the areas they are doing well in. A lot of parents have come away from her conferences convinced their kid is failing until they get a chance to look over the entire report card. She also has unrealistic expectations of what your average kid is capable of and you can't get her to see that it isn't working for your child. That would not work for me or my kids. She is the only teacher who I can see myself in the principal's office insisting on a change of teachers without even giving her a chance.

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Tue, 08-12-2008 - 11:40am

Something I've observed, not just as a parent but as a school employee, is that in each of the elementary schools (we have 3 in our district), in every grade there is a teacher that all the parents want their kids to have and a teacher who none of the parents want their kids to have (and then 2 or 3 others).

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Tue, 08-12-2008 - 5:30pm
I think you are right. I often wonder how much rumor plays into which are the better teachers. I really try hard not to listen to it because what is a good fit for my kids and family could be an awful fit for someone else's kids. There was one 3rd grade teacher who is an excellent teacher however she would have been an awful fit for Philip. She started out the kids on the timed tests the first day, the stress of that alone would have had Philip hating school before September was over. His 2nd grade class never took timed tests and even though he knew the math he would not have been able to do it if timed. Then he would have been convinced that he didn't know it. It would have just been a vicious cycle. A couple of his friends did wonderful in her class while a few didn't do as well. Their parents have different feelings about her as a teacher as a result.

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