Archive for July, 2009

Back in the Saddle

Friday, July 31st, 2009

After a three-year hiatus I am once again teaching French. You know the old teacherly saying, “It seems like the students are getting younger every year?” Well, in my case, it’s true. These are the youngest students I have ever taught. They don’t remember 9/11. They don’t know who Michael Jackson was. They definitely don’t […]

130 S’s

Friday, July 24th, 2009

On Tuesday we counted 130 instances of the letter S during morning shopping errands. I’m trying the old “letter of the week” theme with Sam and we are starting this week with S. She’s keenly interested in that letter. She may believe on some level that it belongs to her. But it also belongs to […]

Hand and Foot Lobsters

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Lobsters always makes me think of Annie Hall. Sam and I didn’t try to drop any live ones in a pot of boiling water but in our creation of the crusty crustaceans we did manage to get paint EVERYwhere, resulting in much giggling and hopping and contorting of bodies on our way to the tub. […]

Happy Girl Instruments

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

While trying to organize some of the clutter in our little house before 14 people come over on Thursday for the first session of Allons-y les petits (my preschooler French class — !!!) I came across this story Sam wrote last month. She dictated it to me and after I’d written it down she illustrated […]

Virginia Travels

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Amtrak carried us to Richmond, Virginia on July 1, where we were warmly met by Grand-mère, Pop-Pop, and Grandma Carolyn: The next day, Sam turned three and three quarters, a fact which she shared repeatedly with everyone she met. We picked up a rental car and then drove to Charlottesville, where AC and I lived […]