When I got there I was greeted by the ever-cheerful LuAnne, who immediately told me that she was a big fan of my blog. Which immediately made her my new favorite person. Hi LuAnne! Next I ran into Audrey's BFF, Grace Anne, who informed me that she had drawn a picture of Audrey in her jungle book. She was sporting her usual tank top and headband. It was still early in the day, so the headband was on top of her head and not in the John McEnroe/Ralph Macchio position that her mom claims it slips to by the end of the day. Sadly, it was a Cubs headband, so I snubbed her and moved on.
Once in the classroom, I was able to observe 3 "centers" -- reading, spelling, and a "what's wrong with the sentence" type of exercise that focused on punctuation and capital letters. Audrey had her back to me...she snuck a few peeks at me, but stayed on task and was pretty great the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised by her focus and participation. Frankly, she was far more distracted by the girl sitting next to her who sounded like she was hacking up a lung or two. At one point, Audrey helpfully suggested "She needs a tissue."
I wanted to take a few photos, and since the advent of the iPhone you can do so completely unobtrusively with no flash and the sound turned off. But I had to take care because some of the children have a "no paparazzi" clause in their contract. You know when you get those forms sent home asking if you give your permission for pictures or video to be taken of your child? I always feel like if they have to ask that must mean that some parents object to it, so that must mean I'm a bad parent if I allow it. But I do anyway. As you can tell by this blog, I'm not shy about bandying about our names and personal 411. Anything short of the exact GPS coordinates of Audrey's current location is fair game...and on a bad day I might even be sharing that.
Here is one of my sneaked photos:
|Her neck is just too weak to bear the |
weight of a 100-year curse.
So after this successful observation, I guess I have no excuse not to continue scheduling them with regularity. Expect to see me sliding down the Farkle leader board.