Monday, September 12, 2016

The Monthly Asher: 70

I was really worried about back to school. Last year, Asher was adamant that he did NOT want to go to preschool. His main arguments were that he didn’t know anyone there and that he already knew how to read so he wouldn’t learn anything. I realized, even then, that those same arguments would likely apply in Kindergarten but figured we would cross that bridge when we came to it. I shouldn’t have been worried. Asher has taken to school wonderfully. He wasn’t at all nervous and he has really loved it so far. He really likes his teacher and he is starting to get to know the kids in his class. I think it’s going to be a great school year!


Speaking of school, Jackson, one of Asher’s buddies also started Kindergarten this year. They are at the same school but not in the same class. They do have the same lunch, though, and have been sitting together when possible and meeting up every day on the playground at lunch to play together! I’m so glad he has a buddy to play with.

And more school. Asher’s class uses a behavior system called “Class Dojo.” They can earn points for good behavior and lose points for being off task. If they earn 10 points in one day, they get a sticker. And when they get 10 stickers, they get to take a trip to the treasure box. Earning 10 points has proven difficult so far, but yesterday Asher had his first 10-point day! When Ryan asked how Asher got so many points, Asher said, “Just for being like really good.”


Yet more school. This is a big part of our lives right now. Asher got to do Lexia for the first time yesterday. He loves watching Reed do Lexia (an online reading and phonics program) and has literally watched Reed do his lexia every time Reed has done it at home for the past two years. Asher was quite excited to finally get to start doing Lexia. On his second time on Lexia, he beat his previous high score and yelled, “MOM! It’s only my second time and I already beat my high score!” Way to go, Ashie.

Ashie is still a lover of reading and is currently on the third installment of the My Weird School Books—he made it through all of My Weird School and My Weird School Daze and is five books in to My Weirdest School. He’s also read most of the specials. It is a good thing we have a great library or we’d never be able to keep him in books!

Asher also started soccer this month! His buddies Ty and Landon are on his team. He really, really loves soccer so far. One of his practices was cancelled this week and he was extremely sad because he was really looking forward to practice! He’s already improving and I’m excited for his games to start. I love watching him at practice because he celebrates every victory, no matter how small, with either one fist in the air or two (depending on how excited he is). When he played goalie and blocked a goal his entire face lit up. He’s so awesome!


We took a break from piano lessons over summer break since we were out of town a few times and really just needed a little break to get our heads back in the game. For the first while, Asher was still on the piano all the time. But lately, I’ve realized that he doesn’t just play a song every time he walks by. I’m not sure if this is just him not being at home as much or what, but it kind of makes me sad! Before, the piano had a magnetic pull for him. Truthfully, that wasn’t always awesome—but I do miss it! I hope when we get back into piano mode next week he’ll rediscover his love.


Asher must have recently learned "three quarters" because lately he's been describing everything numerical as three quarters--like "My cup was like, three quarters full" or "we only had like 10 and 3/4".  It's really cute, and he's totally sincere in his usage, which is my favorite.

One day Asher the majority of his newest My Weird School book (Oh Valentine We've Lost Our Minds) out loud in the car to Reed. They were both cracking up SO HARD. It was hilarious to listen to. When we got home, Asher kept reading as we walked in the house, then the two of them sat on the couch together and Asher finished reading the book to them. This book is a chapter book so Asher was probably reading aloud for at least 45 minutes. It was SO CUTE.

Asher's dinner night! Chicken cordon bleu and apples. He liked the ham and cheese but not the chicken haha.

One day Reed asked a question about something that I didn't know the answer to. Asher didn't know the answer, either, and said, "I don't know that but I should because I've read a lot of magic treehouse books and they have like a lot of facts."

Randomly, Asher will start talking in what can best be described as a southern accent. I'm not sure where exactly he learned it or even what brings it out, but it's awesome. We call him "Southern Gooey" and all giggle along with him while he talks!

Me: Lila wouldn't give the flashlight back
Reed: Why?
Me: She's three.
Asher: Have you met her?

Asher learned how to pump on the swing! He can start from nothing and pump himself up to high swinging! Woohoo!

Asher lost two teeth this month! His missing top teeth are adorable.

The kids were watching a show upstairs when Asher came down crying. He'd pulled Ryan's tape measure out too far and the tape measure got stuck in the "out" position. He felt so bad and was so upset. We quickly reassured him that it wasn't a big deal and that we'd try to fix it, but  even if it couldn't be fixed we weren't mad or upset! We were both really proud of him for coming and telling us right away. He could have hidden the truth since he was worried about getting in trouble, but instead he told us! Way to go Ashie.



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