Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jackson is SIX

Jackson is six! A couple of nights before his birthday, I made the realization that our time with him under our roof was 1/3 of the way over. I'm extra sensitive to this whole growing up thing during the summer months, and not just because he's my June baby. Every day during this summer orientation season I see mamas who blinked and their kiddos were all grown up and leaving for college. I can see the look in their eye as they shuffle nervously through their paperwork and ask all.the.questions. As they look up at the almost-adult looming next to them, they push them forward to ask their own questions, encouraging them towards independence. I see the way they look at them, wondering "how did we get here so quick?" And I feel some solidarity with them. So despite the fact that I can't believe it, the boy who made me a mom is now 6 and growing up and more independent every day. 

Kindergarten was a new adventure for Jackson this year. He adapted well to his new environment and relished being a big kid. Since he was a baby, we struggled with challenging drop offs many days at daycare. But after the first day of kindergarten, he was happy to be dropped off every morning, hopping out of the car without so much as a glance back! He loves science, computers, lunch, recess and Kids Klub, the after school program. 

At home, he became the biggest brother as Benjamin joined our band of brothers. Jackson has taken on a protector role with Ben, shielding him a bit from Andrew's sometimes overzealous affection. He and Andrew are constant competitors, but the best of buddies. Jackson loves loves loves movie night and playing games with mom and dad. He's gotten to be such a good helper this year, when he wants to be!
We started extracurricular activities with soccer in the fall and t-ball in the spring. He may not be a star athlete, but he had fun being part of a team and trying something new. He makes friends easily and seems to know everyone. We can't go to the park, pool or restaurant without seeing one of his friends. 

He loves books and being read to. His teacher described him as an extremely well-read kindergartner, as he had already read most of the books they read at school. He happily spent a large chunk of his saved allowance money when the book fair was at his school. We've continued making our way through several series of chapter books, and he especially loved the Mouse and the Motorcycle series. He "earns" his read-aloud time now by reading to us and he's getting to be a pretty good little reader. He rapidly progressed through 8 reading levels during his Kindergarten year. 

Jackson continues to have an uncanny memory. He vividly remembers details of events from when he was 2. He can hear song lyrics once and sing them back to you. He watched an episode of Wild Kratts about Harpy Eagles and then months later identified them when we saw them at the zoo. 
As for favorites, here they are in his own words with his annual birthday interview. 

22 Birthday Questions

1.       How old are you? – Six

2.       What do you want for your birthday? – A new bow and arrow

3.       What is your favorite color? – blue

4.       What is your favorite center at school? – Science

5.       What is your least favorite center at school? – Math

6.       What do you like to do with your family? --Go to the bowling alley, actually go to Disneyworld

7.       What is your favorite book? – The Mouse and the Motorcyle

8.       What is your favorite tv show? – Odd Squad 

9.       What is your favorite movie? -- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

10.       Where is your favorite place to go? – Disneyworld

11.       What makes you happy? --  When it's my birthday. When I get to play the Wii.

12.   What makes you sad? -- When someone is mean to me and when y'all  have to yell at me for not doing things.

13.   Who is your best friend? -- Blake Burleson

14.   What is your favorite food? -- Pizza

15.   What is your favorite toy? – the toy box, the box that I put stickers on. (A cardboard box he turned into a fort.)

16.   What song do you love to sing? -- Kids Bop. Whip & Nae Nae.

17.   What are you really good at? – Baseball

18.   What is your favorite restaurant? – Double Daves Pizza and McDonalds

19.   What does your mom do for a job? – Help the new Aggies be a student.

20.   What does your dad do for a job? – I don't know.

21.   What do you think about before you fall asleep? – That monsters are going to come out of my closet. It gives me the creeps when my fish tank light isn't on.

22.   What do you want to be when you grow up? – An Aggie.
Is there anything else you want to tell us? Knock knock. Who's there? Interrupting pig! Interrupting p...- OINK!

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