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Oh, before I forget…

posted by awelborn

…she wasn’t wearing a sari today. But she was in some BoHo batik skirt with cool sandals and a kind of shawl thing up top. So I’m guessing she’s just likes long flowy-type things…

And Joseph? He still "can’t remember" what he did at school. Maybe they really do just line up and go to the bathroom all day.

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posted August 29, 2005 at 10:42 pm

“He still “can’t remember” what he did at school. Maybe they really do just line up and go to the bathroom all day.”
LOL! One of my kids did that as well. I think he thought he was pretty cool when he first went to school and it was ‘his’ time and not mine. I found a workaround but at this point I can’t remember what I would say to get him to spill his guts. Work nights for 16 years and the brain goes into long and short term memory loss mode all the time.

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posted August 29, 2005 at 11:15 pm

But haven’t you talked to her yet?

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Jack Dwyer

posted August 29, 2005 at 11:31 pm

Er… These are your KIDS you’re telling us about, Amy?! Or have you now become a fashionista on us?!
And what does the Lady Amy wear on these ever so special occasions?!

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posted August 29, 2005 at 11:40 pm

We have a standard string of questions we use to try to geet some understanding of their day.
– What was your favorite part of school today?
– What did you learn that was interesting?
– What did you notice at school today?
– Did anything sad happen today?
– Did anything silly happen today?
The answers to the last two are particularly fun!
Our 7-year-old son now asks the same questions of my husband and me about our day.

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RP Burke

posted August 30, 2005 at 7:25 am

When our daughter was starting school, we wanted to know “What good questions did you ask today?”

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bruce cole

posted August 30, 2005 at 7:48 am

Gee, Amy, if she’s really good looking (and with her kind permission, of course) show us her picture….
Mr. Too-early-in-the-morning-to-remember-he’s-married.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 8:01 am

The most that I can remember from my one semester as a primary school aide (that’s all I could handle before it became apparent that it was not my calling) was lining up. Bathroom, playground, library, bubbler, lunchroom, playground…
(Of course, that was only two years ago…some other memories may bubble to the surface eventually. :) )

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posted August 30, 2005 at 8:11 am

Well, the first couple of days, “What was the most fun thing you did today” worked. But yesterday…”I can’t remember.” Teacher this morning said, he’s doing great, she put him at the front of the line (to the bathroom????) yesterday because he listens so well and follows directions. Typical Amy-child. Great at school, T-Rex at home.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 8:15 am

I always found, “What was snack today?” to be a good ice-breaker, followed by the Journalist’s Classic: “Did anyone get in trouble today?”

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posted August 30, 2005 at 8:21 am

You started this whole “Why does she wear a sari?” thing. You blogged it. You cast it out amoungst us. Now you have to suck it up and ask.
She may just be a neo-hippy mama. But it is your duty to find out, and to report your findings back to those who you sucked into this query!

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bruce cole

posted August 30, 2005 at 8:36 am

What Kenny said.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 9:07 am

Love the ‘who got into trouble’ question (it’s a Lawyer Classic as well), especially when she would tell on herself. We also used to play ‘mad, sad, glad’ where everyone at dinner would discuss one thing that made us ‘m,s,and g’during the day.
It’s still like pulling teeth, but years later stuff comes out. We learned last night that my daughter’s lunch table spent yesterday ‘reminiscing’about how they got the ‘mean lunch lady’ fired by signing a petition listing their greivences when they were in 4th grade, n.b. this is the first year the MLL hasn’t come back. Did we hear anything about it at the time?

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posted August 30, 2005 at 10:14 am

Sadly, my 8 year old son who just started third grade still “can’t remember” much of what he does at school all day! He’s been like this since nursery school, and I must say it drives me nuts! I have found that “tell me 3 things you did at school today!” works pretty well, but when he’s being especially tight lipped, I’ll just make a quick pop into the classroom after school to get an update from the teacher. I’ll definitely have to try the “who got in trouble today?” tactic.
My daughter, on the other hand, won’t stop talking about what she did all day. This is nearly as annoying as my son’s silence, although in a different way. >:D
The baby? At least I know what he did all day hehe.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 12:51 pm

In all honesty, I didn’t really talk about school up through my senior year of high school. There was nothing worth mention after the first week or so.

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bruce cole

posted August 30, 2005 at 2:27 pm

Okay, okay…(imagine me and some other males on this thread tapping our feet impatiently)…haven’t you been back at the school for pick-up???? Did you see HER??? Come on, Amy, you don’t seriously expect us to believe you have more important things to do, do you?

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posted August 30, 2005 at 2:55 pm

I’ve found the only sure technique is to ask very specific questions: Did you sing any songs today? Did you make a painting? Did you play any games?
For my 1st- and 3rd-graders, it’s Did you read a story today? and specifics like what did you play in PE (on PE days), how was the spelling test, etc. It helps to stay on top of whatever units they are in, then you can ask about specifics — Did the teacher explain how the Romans used aquaducts?
Oh, the snack question is good, as is, “Did you trade with anyone at lunch?” Also, watch the moods and energy levels. You can usually pick up when something has gone wrong that needs attention.

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posted August 30, 2005 at 2:56 pm

Sorry for the double post, but I did mean to say: “What did you do in school today?” is pretty much guaranteed to elicit an “I dunno,” “Nothing,” or “I don’t remember” response. It’s just too general.

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Jack Dwyer

posted August 30, 2005 at 6:41 pm

I dunno, Amy and others; this all sounds disturbingly familiar to m on my formerly professional level…
The bare room, the hot lights, the desk and uncomfortable chairs, the grim inquisitor(s);
“Now, before we begin, you don’t have to say anything , but it may harm your chances of dessert if you fail to mention, when questioned, something that you may rely on later during dinner. Anything that you do say will be remembered forever…”.
And I don’t have a family, or any likelihood of getting one!

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Jack Dwyer

posted August 31, 2005 at 1:47 am

Arrr, it missed my “insert name of child(ren)”… It doesn’t like those arrow symbols what I use for actions and the like…
Anyway, you get the idea… No full and complete (non-sacramental) confession, no dessert…

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