Too Many Vitamins

Grandma Kc wrote this on August 29th, 2013 17 Replies

Wednesday was the second day of fourth grade for Amara and I got to pick her up after school!

Jenna had called me in a panic. Dot, their cute new crazy adorable puppy had somehow managed to eat an entire bottle of gummy vitamins. She wouldn’t have even noticed except that Dot seemed to be panting and she went out back to check their water dish. The gallon jug wasn’t empty – what is that in the yard? Jenna collects all things owls and was sure Dot had gotten one of them. It has happened before! But no, it was a plastic vitamin bottle. It had been almost full and now had about 14 vitamins in it and no lid. Jenna had a call into the Vet and was waiting for him to call back. She knew she would probably have to take Dot in and was worried because Amara would be getting out of school in an hour.

Dot the Dog

Before I go any further with the story, Dot is fine! She did have to spend the night, get charcoal treatments, and stuff because apparently iron in excess can be toxic to dogs.

I was thrilled to volunteer to go get Amara. This is another one of those times that I am so glad I only live a mile away. Amara was thrilled to see me (“Where’s Mommy?”) and so were her friends. The three girls from yesterday’s picture are all in the same classroom this year! This has never happened before. After dismissal, they took me back into their classroom and showed me their desks and some of the fun things they are working on. Fourth grade really does seem more grown up than third! Even the classroom looks more mature. They all like their new teacher and are so excited about being back to school. Jenna had told me the teacher uses a checkbook system in the classroom. They can hold jobs, are paid, and can buy things with their money. They can also lose money if they misbehave or don’t do assignments. Amara couldn’t wait to show me her checkbook with her name written in cursive on the front!

Jenna was home from the Vet by the time we got there. Once we knew Dot was OK Amara sat down and started working on her math homework. While I am sure, there are times Mommy has to nag her to do it I love that she is growing up and takes the initiative to start it on her own. Of course, Jenna has taught her that homework comes first! Good Job, Jenna.

It is going to be another great year.

17 thoughts on “Too Many Vitamins

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She had to have her job application turned in today – something else that I think is really cool. Part of the application process included a question on “why you would be a good applicant for the job”. Amara is applying for the job as Teacher’s Assistant/Class Secretary. Fingers are crossed!

  1. Susan Adcox

    I always forget that Amara is in the same grade as my two youngest granddaughters. She always looks so tall and grown-up in her pictures. Best wishes for a fabulous year, Amara!

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She is tall! Gets it from every side of the family! Her Mom is 5’10′ and Daddy is 6’3″. While I do not want her to grow any faster I can’t help but wonder how tall she will end up!

  2. debra

    Now how cute is that checkbook idea!

    Glad the dog is fine. 4th grade: a question. Back in the day by 4th grade we were writing all assignments in cursive. Nowadays in our area some grades and schools are not even starting to teach cursive until 4th or 5th grade and I have heard it is being phased out in schools. Wondering how it is out there…

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think I am older than you and I am pretty sure we started learning “Palmer’s Penmanship” at the end of 2nd grade. I remember when Jenna started elementary school and started talking about cursive — I’d never heard the term before!

      I have certainly heard a lot of talk about phasing it out but Amara’s 3rd grade teacher started them at the end of the year and her new fourth grade teacher is definitely teaching it.

  3. Joyce

    I love the creative things that go on at Amara’s school. The checkbook and job application ideas are such practical life skills and 4th grade is not too early to start mainstreaming them. You have a great year ahead of you!
    I’m so glad that Dot is okay – what a scare!

  4. Sandy Siegel

    Poor little Dot! So glad she is okay!

    Amara’s teacher sounds awesome. I love the idea of them having a checkbook and jobs to do – and consequences for not doing them!

    I remember learning cursive writing and thinking it was the hardest thing in the world! Even now my writing doesn’t look like those beautiful examples of cursive letters that were displayed above the chalk board.

  5. Judy@grandparentsplus2

    The checkbook idea is wonderful. Book learning is essential but they also need some practical learning as well. Sounds like she has a great teacher and I hope it is a great year for her. Glad Dot is doing well. :-)

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Her Mom is thrilled with the checkbook idea, too! So many children get through high school without the skill! The other thing we’ve really noticed in doing the book fairs is that many children can not make change or even how to count their money. I do think practical skills are great thing to learn.

  6. Connie

    Glad all is well with doggie! And I too love that check book idea! That is such a great way to teach kids how to handle money. I will have to see if I can work that into my Kids Club fun. My second grader said her teacher said they will be learning cursive by the end of the year. Schools are so different aren’t they?

  7. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    So glad Dot is fine. Shew!

    The checkbook idea is fabulous. Will have to mention to my teacher daughter.

    I remember fourth grade with each of my girls being a year of tremendous growth and maturity. What a wonderful year you all have ahead of you!

  8. Carol Covin

    Love the checkbook idea! My parents had a tradition that our Senior year of high school we opened our own checking accounts and reconciled them every month when the statements came in. I can’t tell you how many kids in college had never written a check before they got there.

  9. Launna

    What a lovely blog, I am now following you by email:)

    Thank you so much for you lovely comments on my blog

    I just wanted to say one thing, we all have stories, we all have hardships in life, what might be hard for you might be easy for me, visa versa… we are all given the challenges we can handle. Thank you again :)

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She was very disappointed that she didn’t get the job she applied for – but I think that is a good life lesson, too. It is going to be a fun year!


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