Remember that in the fall we had to drop soccer because the practices fell on Sundays. We were going to do martial arts, but that turned out to be very pricey. So we waited for the spring when another soccer organization I had heard about starts back up. I am thrilled to say that we have registered Jacob in the Upward soccer program at Second Baptist Kingwood starting at the end of March. I am even more thrilled at the way they handle the Kingergarten program, which is that the practices and the games are back to back on Saturdays. Something like 30 minutes of practice and then a 30 minute game. For working parents this is perfect! This is also great for the kids because honestly by 5 or 6 PM on weekdays Jacob is tired and hungry.
Jacob is definitely a Big Kid now, he is tall and athletic, all arms and legs and sweaty hair and constant movement. Like all 6 year old boys he is goofy. He loves jokes and riddles and slapstick humor.
Even though he's not a pre-schooler anymore, he does still say some pretty funny things.
- When you are pitching a ball he will say "Throw it underarm" instead of underhand.
- The other day I told him to he didn't need to wear a long-sleeved shirt. He replied, "OK, but I still need long-sleeved pants, right?"
- He also refers to Oklahoma as "Uncle Homa's", ie. "I am not an Uncle Homa fan, I'm a Texas fan" (good boy!)
- He still says "Out of balance" instead of out of bounds.
- His grandparents are taking a trip soon to "Honk Honk" (Hong Kong)
- He says our president is "Rock Oh Bama"
- He says the first president was "George Washingmachine"
He has made 100% on his spelling words so far this school year and his report cards are great.
He does not enjoy drawing or coloring, he doesn't take his time with writing or coloring in pictures.
He is great at counting and math and has his father's good memory.
He loves to play checkers, connect 4, Uno and most any card or board game.
He also loves his DS and to play games on the Wii.
We continue to work with him on his attitude when learning new things, his nature is to get frustrated when he is not fantastic at something the very first time.
In school the only trouble he gets into is "being chatty" and "interupting". I asked him why he is interupting and he told me that he is usually trying to tell the teacher about sports! (We love his teacher, she is so patient!)
Jacob generally is happy and easy to be around. Every now and then he will have a grumpy attitude but it is usually pretty easy to snap him out of it. More than anything if we get onto him it is for being LOUD. Man is that kid loud. Or for just being a little too wild indoors (i.e trying to play full court basketball with Aidan in Miss Jessica's playroom! Sorry again about that Miss Jessica!)
He is still someone that loves routine and a schedule and he still does best when he knows what to expect.
I love it that he can tell time! If you have a kid that is wired to like planning and scheduling and that kid can tell time, then suddenly life gets much easier. I can tell him, 'OK from 3 to 4 we will nap, at 4 we will get up and take showers and get dressed, at 5 we will leave for the restaurant' and it just all flows nicely and he does what he is supposed to do with no problems.
He is not totally grown up, it will suprise me still sometimes if he starts crying, for instance if he doesn't get his choice at a restaurant or can't stay up late to finish a basketball game on TV. I have to remember that he is only six and six is still pretty little in the scheme of things.
I love it that he is not too big to do some little kid things.
He is not too big to:
Let me kiss him bye in the mornings
Sit in my lap for a story
Be carried in if he falls asleep in the car
Get excited over little things (ice cream, seeing an eagle or pretty sunset, feeding the turtles)
Cry if he gets hurt
Be tucked in and say "I love you" at night.