George at 5 1/2

  • 54 pounds and 47 inches. George tells us that there are 3 kids taller than him (and they are taller by quite a bit!) and they're also close to a year older than he is.
  • Wears size 13 or 13.5 shoes, size 6 clothes. His feet are getting wider too so some shoes I had bought already he won't be able to wear at all as they're just too tight across. At least William will get them brand new!
  • Loves Theater Arts most at school
  • Likes listening to books and takes it all in, but does best when he's doing something else, like a puzzle, while listening
  • Has dropped down to only eating pomegranate seeds and raspberries (we lost grapefruit and cuties most recently)
  • Likes to do 'challenges' and is keen to make a chart if we talk about a problem we need to work on and ask him to come up with ideas on how to solve
  • Has warmed up slightly and is a little bit better at shaking the Head of School's hand each morning (though sort of rushes through it)
  • Hates losing (o when he thinks they lose at soccer)
  • His writing has improved so much even in just a few weeks of being in school
  • He's made so much progress on his 'sh-' sound. I still notice it when he says it right (which is all the time now). He pronunciation of everything has really improved and we continue to recognize how he did it by really concentrating on how he had to say it.
  • He's had a few potty issues since starting K. He's someone who has to go often, but yet doesn't want to miss out on anything and sometimes it's just too late. We're working with him on ideas on how to prevent any accidents from happening.
  • Even after a long day/week of school, George never 'crashes'. Sure, there are moments (probably daily) when his attitude or behavior is just screaming 'I'm tired and cranky!!!' but usually dinner turns things around and he gets a second wind. He's done better the last week or so but for a while there, he was coming up several times telling us he couldn't fall asleep and finally doing so around 9pm, yet still up before 7.
  • He's gotten much more into drawing lately and we've also seen the improvement there. It used to be that he thought it was William's thing since he does seem to be advanced in that area but then William started wanting to draw at nighttime and now it's become part of the routine. I read until 7:30, then they can draw in their beds/lights off until 8pm. George really got into it at this point.
  • George is good about cleaning up his quiet time toys  (and often does before quiet time is over and just waits, talking to himself, until I tell him it's over)
  • Though he knew how to 'pump', the first week of K, we were at the park and he kept bugging me to come push him. He knew William could get himself going and get really high but he wasn't able to do that. I went and talked to him, challenged him to pump and swing for two minutes and in the end, he ended up swinging for 20 minutes. He totally figured it out and was so happy. Now, he'll often run straight to the swings and swing by himself for 15 minutes or longer.
  • Math comes easily to George. Dave is great about doing verbal math problems and G is quick to figure them out. He won a 'Math Wars' card game at Bingo night and while disappointed initially (he thought he'd be able to choose his prize, he got assigned a number that was associated with a certain prize), we already played it and was able to figure most of them out.
  • Homework is optional at Town school for the first couple of years, and only a worksheet is sent home each Friday at this point. I set the worksheets out Saturday morning and sort of leave it up to them to do. George likes to do his immediately (just like I would've).
  • There was a day they were playing at the park after school and one of their classmates was there who has a much older brother. He was trying to get George to play a game with him and kept saying, 'well, it's only for 10 year olds. You can't tell anyone that you're playing' (and of course I'm sitting like 10 feet away and hearing all this). I could see George thinking about it and he eventually came over and told me about it and asked me what he should do. I asked him what he thought he should do, he said he didn't know, and then I rephrased and said, 'do you think you should be playing a game for 10 year olds when you're 5?' He said, 'no', and ran off to do something else. A few minutes later, I hear this same boy try to wrangle William in and William without missing a beat, immediately says 'yes'. I feel like that sums up so much of their personalities :)
  • While George is sort of sloppy naturally -- doesn't like to dry his hands, doesn't care if his shirt is on backwards or his shoes are on the right feet -- he's very photogenic and especially when taking professional photos, is able to sit still, do a nice pose and smile. I'm always so surprised by this ;)
  • While table manner and manners and in general are still a work in progress for G, he has made some really good progress here
  • He still put things in his mouth (shirt collar, backpack strap, etc.)
  • George loves Coco so much and tells us her daily that she's the 'sweetest person in our family'. He and William also agreed that she's 'the number one person in our family' :)
  • The coach at school has told me on two separate occasions that William and George are the most loving brothers he's seen in all his years at Town. Glad they're showing that love somewhere as it usually isn't at home!

Favorite color: gold and yellow and green
Favorite show: Lego shows
Favorite movie: Ninjago and Incredibles 2
Favorite food: cake and candy
Favorite toy: legos
Favorite animal: Lion and hippo
Favorite sport: soccer and running
Favorite class: Theater Arts
Least favorite class: Music and Writing Workshop ('because now I have to spell')
What do you want to be when you grow up? Construction worker
Favorite place to visit: New York
Favorite pizza place: Giorgio's

We had George's conference the other day and met with his Reading teacher as well as his two kindergarten teachers. We were a little surprised when we got an email that George would be in a separate reading group with just a couple of other kids and would be leaving the classroom daily for reading class. We were mostly surprised because William was not selected for a similar reading group and we felt that George possibly had better letter recognition, sounds, etc. We're thrilled George is getting the extra attention and sort of joked with William's teachers, 'are you sure he doesn't need to be in a similar group?'. George definitely has some room for improvement with his writing so perhaps that's part of the reason he's in this group but even in just a few weeks, his writing has really gotten better. It was listed on his report that George is secure in counting and measurements, that he completes classwork on time and he listens and follows directions. Most other areas are beginner or developing which is right where he should be. Sometimes he'll goof off with some of the other boys and when I inquired, occasionally he's the one instigating. The teacher just says that they say, 'let's close that silly door' so we'll try that at home too. I also asked if he's a rule-enforcer or tells on other boys and the teacher said no, that there are certainly kids who come to mind for that and George isn't one of them. During Learning Choice time George likes to do the  blocks, art/coloring or animals. At recess, he plays basketball or tag/imaginary play.

George, while you often have so much energy and it's sometimes hard for you to sit still, you're also a pleaser and I feel like that will really benefit you when it comes to learning. Despite the energy, you can also make yourself sit down to get it done. I'm so excited to see where you'll be in 6 months!

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