Reina is halfway through first grade and still loves it since she is sad when there isn't school one day due to a holiday. For her birthday she didn't want to bring cupcakes because everyone does so we decided the caramel and cheddar popcorn at Costco would be perfect, and it was! We celebrated at Red Robin with two sets of grandparents, cousin Karter and Uncle Steve and Aunt Katie.
This year she had made a really good friend, Lily who now plays occasionally at each others houses. When I ask her questions about school she often will tell me how everyone just likes her a lot and wants to sit by her. This makes me so happy that she is likeable! I think she saves the attitude for her family! Her last report card in December showed high marks for everything and even an "above and beyond" mark in music from Mr. Valaskez. He has pulled me aside and boasted about her musicality and rhythm. I asked her about music class one day and she told me that after the teacher asked the class who is the best at music (or something to that effect) everyone had shouted "Reina! Reina!" This is coming from a first grader mind you so I'm sure the teacher didn't ask who the best was, but that's how Reina relayed the information.
|Birthday cards made by classmates|
|Playing with jellyballz|
|Practicing her gymanstics with Elizabeth|
|Reading her story to Grandpa Scarborough|
She is in the pre-professional dance classes which include not just ballet but jazz and tap. She has even gone to a handful of the hip-hop classes for the 11 and up kids and fits in just as well! Her favorite is actually hip-hop, then jazz, then tap, and lastly ballet.
Reina's reading seems to be easy for her. I don't know if she is necessarily advanced in her reading compared to others because I don't know how others read in first grade but when she reads something to me she doesn't have difficulty. Her spelling is getting better, but I am surprised there is not a bigger focus on spelling. I remember spelling tests and haven't seen anything like that this year. Her favorite subjects are math and writing stories, and of course PE and music. I don't do anything academically with her at home. After school should be a time of activities, chores, play, and family time. She's doing great at school and loves it so that's good with me!
Our biggest challenge with Reina this year has been her attitude. She always has to have the LAST WORD and can be a bit of a snot in her tone. We are working on this but this isn't really new as she has always been vocal of her thoughts, opinions and emotions. Reina is still learning the consequences of not controlling those emotions. We know she can do it though because she is great at school and church. I'm trying to see the positive that she must feel comfortable to show it at home. We tend to hold our emotions in when we have to have our guard up. We do need a place to let go and it should be at home.
Reina is an excellent big sister. She gets along really well with Baelor and often will give in to his behaviors. Sometimes I even have to remind her to not give in as he sometimes needs to learn the consequences of his behavior. She absolutely ADORES Rowen. She'll kiss his face all day if I didn't stop her from putting her germs all over him. Reina will sing songs to him and keep him happy while I am busy. She is learning to change diapers and hopefully will advance to poopy ones soon!