This time next weekend, I’ll be TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certified!! I have two assignments due this week and a work event, so it’s going to be a busy week. I’m so grateful for this opportunity. It was something I didn’t even know I wanted. Now, the wheels are turning on how I can turn this into an even better opportunity! I was apprehensive about going back into a classroom setting as a student. I’m glad I didn’t let the doubt or fear stop me from taking advantage of this gift. Never turn down a free chance to better yourself and make you more marketable.
A couple of weeks ago, we toured a elementary school for RJ. He’s a November baby and therefore won’t start kindergarten until 2016. However, we’ll have to enter school lotteries around this time next year. So, we toured the magnet school on our list. It’s a language school. We would choose between a Spanish or French track. Then, from K5 – 5th grade all of RJ’s math, science and health classes would be taught solely in the language we chose. I really want RJ to be fluent in Spanish. During the tour they had some kids stay and demonstrate a what a typical class would be like. It was amazing to see 2nd graders asking and answering questions about the life cycle of a butterfly only in Spanish. I was sold, but Hubby’s department may be moving closer to our home next year. The school is right down the street from RJ’s preschool, which is 10 mins from the location of Hubby’s job now. If his department moves closer to our home, Hubby and I will both work 20-30 mins, depending on traffic, from the school. Not good. Luckily, we have other options. Our district is school choice and our zoned school is great. I know at least 3 people who have moved from other parts of the city to our area to be zoned for our schools. I plan to tour our zoned school and one other close to home and decide. Though, I’d love the language school, I’m leaning towards one close to home. The commute would get old fast. Also, if something happened to him, he’d be so far away from both of us and I don’t like the thought of that. Maybe he could go to a school closer to home and we could hire a Spanish tutor for him.
Sitting in on a French track 2nd grade math class
Speaking of him being a November baby, RJ’s birthday is this Wednesday! I can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. I feel like I just pushed him out! I have class the weekends before and after his birthday. So, we decided against a party. Plus, it’s an off year for parties. *We only do parties every other year.* Instead of a party, Hubby and I are taking his birthday off from work and we’re going spend that day with him. We’re taking him to Legoland in Atlanta and then out to dinner for one of his faves, seafood. My brother found a restaurant in the same area as Legoland so we won’t have to fight traffic. They have all of RJ’s favorites: crab legs, mussels and clams. I had RJ name one gift he really wanted for his birthday and he chose a Teeenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Raphael, to be exact. *Raphael is his favorite because they have the same name.* Easy enough. Not quite, Toys R Us was nearly wiped out. They had smaller ones but I wanted to get him a bigger one since it was the one item he chose. Luckily, I was able to find a reasonably priced, right sized Raphael at Target! We told his grandparents that, instead of toys, we wanted them to contribute to the purchase of a twin bed we found at IKEA and bedding. The boy is getting too long for his toddler bed. Also, with Christmas right around the corner, I didn’t want to be flooded with toys. I’ve learned if I get specific about gifts, the grandparents don’t go quite as crazy.