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September 20, 2004

Roll Over Molly

Molly seemed to amaze herself this afternoon when she rolled from belly to back on her playmat. She's been teasing us with attempts, but today was the first time. After she rolled, her eyes were wide, and she gripped the mat with both hands for a while, which gave the effect of someone on a roller coaster for the first time.

She's been actively reaching for everything and turning to follow moving objects and towards sound for a few weeks now. Her progress is steady, with her skill level and size floating in the five-month-old range. She's even got a significant amount of hair now.

I'm exhausted from school and helping care for her. I lack motivation to provide anything more than minimal preparation for class, which makes me feel guilty, but it's out of self-defense. There's simply not enough time in the day for anything more than survival-level teaching. I'm thankful for the new AP classes, but I wish the timing of the assignment were a little more opportune.

New pics

Posted by tat at September 20, 2004 09:23 PM

Molly is growing. Thanks for the photos. We love the Sun Hat and Famous one.
We miss Molly so much!
Happy birthday early Bryan. Hope to visit with each of you next month-your BD.
We'll visit with Ganny tomorrow with the new photos.

Posted by: Nana T at September 22, 2004 02:49 PM

Bryan, how I wanted to do some neat things with my students, but I also have begun some survival-level teaching. LISD has purchased what seems to be a math program which fosters higher level thinking skills for its primary grades; unfortunately, they also slashed our supply budget which means we will have less copy paper with which to run off the necessary data sheets that are required for these programs.

Robert helps me focus when he reminds me that if all I teach them to do is to behave and respect one another, then maybe the teacher they have next year will have time to teach them something. We're having a hard time learning anything because we're too busy being mean to one another and talking about one another's "Mama". I wanted to teach, not do riot control.

Posted by: Aunt Susan at September 22, 2004 09:54 PM