My Very Own “Star Minion”

This is the picture Eby chose for his poster.
This is the picture Eby chose for his poster.

School is bringing many new experiences to our lives, for instance, Eby was chosen as the “star minion” of the week. Now that’s something we didn’t do in our homeschool.

Last Friday I was thrilled that Eby would not have homework. It’s not difficult work, nor should it be super time consuming, but after holding himself together all day, he is completely worn out by the time he gets home. The hours between 3:30 and dinner have been rough for the two of us.

Then Eby got off the bus carrying the “Star Minion” backpack containing a folder with instructions for the following week. It’s great stuff, and he was excited, but there was extra work to do. I secretly thought he was chosen first because I was the mom who asked the most questions during the first two weeks of school. It turns out he was randomly selected, but I still have my suspicions…

Today he presented the items he chose to share with his class. He chose several things from Ethiopia, including a large men’s shirt that he wore all day, a cross, toy giraffe, and drum. He also included his baseball glove. The one thing he couldn’t fit in the backpack was his brother, Samuel. He explained that he wanted to bring an Eagle Scout. Samuel was quite a hit with the class, especially when he passed his sash around so the kids could admire his merit badges.

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Tomorrow Eby will take his “All About Me” poster to share. I’m hoping he’ll be up for doing a lot more coloring this afternoon since the instructions say it should be “colorful.” The biggest challenge was finding a good picture of him where he is all by himself and not surrounded by siblings. His heart was set on using the picture from the Capri-Sun review I wrote a year ago. I managed to unearth the image from my computer, upload it to a seldom-used website, and get it printed.

We’re still figuring out our systems, but overall, the year is off to a good start. How about for your family?

Lisa

 

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

12 Comments

  1. DFNY
    September 23, 2014

    I am impressed by the items Eby chose to share, especially his brother. How wonderful that he's able to experience this. Of course, as a mom of public school kids (2 new 4th graders), I know the pain of these projects that often require a lot of input from me! And often with relatively short lead-times. Sounds like Eby had a real voice on what he wanted to present and that he is willing to color. Good for him!

    Damaris

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2014

      Last night he spent quite a bit of time coloring his poster and it looked so nice. Let's hope it made it to school without being smashed in his backpack!

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  2. Laine
    September 23, 2014

    Love that he chose to share his brother! That just makes me smile. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2014

      Me too, Laine. It was so sweet.

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  3. Emily
    September 23, 2014

    This is awesome. Did you get to watch him do his presentation?

    I love how he and Samuel are looking at each other 😀

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2014

      Yes, I watched and took a few pictures. Given that he has only been in a classroom for two weeks, I thought he did great in front of his class.

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  4. jentompkins
    September 23, 2014

    I love hearing about the items he shared, and the different seasons/areas of his life they represent. All things that contribute to making him unique and special! I hope this week makes him feel both of those things. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2014

      Jen, it was fun seeing him talk about himself and what was important to him. He is such a great kid.

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  5. RussAnita Olson
    September 23, 2014

    A secret to public school…those kind of instructions are the 'hopes and dreams' of the teacher. Some days we are able to meet them, but when we don't – a shrug of the shoulders and we move on. We also take the stance that attachment always, always, always comes before homework. If it's a rough night, and they need to curl up with Mom and read instead of doing a math sheet, then we send it back with a note. I know my kids can not be successful in school without a firm foundation of attachment at home. Somehow it all gets done most of the time.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2014

      Good advice, thank you Anita. I'm hoping to sit down with his teacher in the next week or so and have a conversation.

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  6. Mary Andrews (Mom)
    September 23, 2014

    Lisa, Eby looks so happy! Love to all. Mom

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 23, 2014

      I think he is. Thanks, Mom.

      Reply

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