1. Nathaniel spent the first three months of school complaining to me that his name was too long to write all the time. (I admit that I wasn't considering this when I named him.) His teacher is cool enough that she was fine with him writing his initials on his paper as long as he practiced his name at home. That worked for awhile. But Nathaniel realized he was able to write longer than initials, just not all NINE letters of his name. So, he changed it to "Wikit". (That's an Ewok name for all you non-Star Wars geeks out there...though, it may not be spelled that way. I'm not enough of a geek to have the Star Wars lexicon as part of my spell check package.) That was good for a couple of months. Lately, he's changed it again. Now he signs his papers "DS6". He tells me that's his code name for a game he plays with his brothers. I thoroughly appreciate his amazing teacher who rolls with Nathaniel on this one and hasn't turned writing into a power struggle. She is fabulous. Nathaniel did write his name on ALL of his class Valentines yesterday, though, so I'm hoping that by next year he might be more comfortable with it on a regular basis.
2. Nathaniel brought home from school a watercolor painting the title of which was "I Like My Face".
3. Nathaniel brought home the following worksheet from school that he had completed:
"Words in the -et family:
(that's "federation", in case you don't read Kindergarten-ese)
Man, I love that kid.