Today we had such a great afternoon if you ignore the small meltdown when V. realized we weren’t going to the playground anymore.
She only had one homework to do which meant we had enough time to learn something extracurricular which after some muttering she gladly accepted.
We finished reading the book about animals living underground, which means she read the remaining three pages with specific vocabulary and all on her own (remember, she’s 1st grade) and we went through the pictures while I asked her questions and told her about some more things. It is great how eagerly she reads now and explains things when you ask her.
When I told her we should draw the kingfisher from the book she agreed and started drawing telling me I should draw the other one (which I did, on another paper).
At first she was a little insecure, asking me if she did it right but after a while she got lost into her drawing and was soon almost finished.
Ralf looked over and pointed at her bird and asked “Did you draw this?” And I had to laugh and said No and he wouldn’t believe me and I was like “No seriously, she drew this, I could never draw like this!” And he was almost shocked and so were the others.
She then asked me if she could cut out my kingfisher to glue it onto the picture and after getting the scissors from her sister she started doing so and I expected it to be the typical work of a 1st grader and then she cut it out so freaking accurate that I might or might not have passed out.
After adding the sun and the cloud (which is floating away from the sun, clearly) she was proud, I was even prouder (still on the verge of a heart attack, seriously what did I do to suggest this?) and I told her we had to write her name on the back and she said “But yours has to be on it too” which seriously made my heart melt (a heart attack and a melting heart, this is a serious condition) and she even wrote it mostly on her own.
We hung it onto the wall afterwards and she proudly showed everyone what we drew and answered questions about the kingfisher.
Yes, sometimes extracurricular work is simply amazing!
Can you tell how excited I was? Having three nephews usually means drawing cars, cars…and wait…cars. A girl on the other hand - I get to go all girly with this letter!
PS: No I don’t support pink for girls but V. loves it and I think it’s ok from time to time!
Also: She requested that horse, it’s not my fault, I swear! I also had to write all “neat” and clear for her to be able to read it even though she’s doing a pretty good job for a 1st grader!