Each month we get a calendar of fun things to do from William's first grade teacher. It is a group of seasonal and timely things which you can do to supplement their learning. Most are just fun everyday things that we've all forgotten in our busy lives. Things that first graders love to do with their family. They are required to do about 15 every month.
William has gotten quite good about tackling some of the items on his own. He is very conscientious about his homework and will often take the list down and do them while I am fixing dinner, etc. It is a common sight at our kitchen island. I am usually needed only for comment, positive support, and supplies. I looked up the other night and William had grabbed a little notebook on the counter and was furiously writing.
Me: "Watcha doing?"
William: "Writing a letter to the President. How do you spell Obama?"
He writes some more and then says,
"Can you help me spell Indiana?"
Me: "I-N-D-I-A-N-A. Will you read the letter to me when you are finished?"
"OK Mom, here it is:
Dear President Obama,
What movies do you like?
I like Indiana Jones!
(and he spells out our phone number)"
William: "So what do you think?"
Me: "I think President Obama will love it. Good job."
Funny, no matter what your politics you should feel privileged enough to discuss important issues with your President.