Thursday, April 30, 2009

Last Day in St. Charles for the Year!

Maria and I had a great time in St. Charles. It was our last visit together until next fall, and we all had a lot of fun. Maria played the drama queen for the day, oh wait, she is always the drama queen! She pretended to cry pretty much the entire time I was there, but that didn't stop us from having fun!

Everyone got to eat pizza and treats, which is always fun! Maria and I enjoyed the pizza! YUM! Hopefully next year we can go out for pizza next year when I come to visit! I am very excited to become her "permanent big sister!" I am going to wait to fill out the paper work until next fall, because I won't be able to see her at all this summer, since I will be working like crazy!

We spent most of our time today outside. It was gorgeous outside and we had to take advantage. When it was almost time to head back to Winona, all of the littles got a goody bag with candy and treats in it! Maria loved it and she left with a smile on her face! I am going to miss that crazy girl this summer!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

PROJECTS!

It seems like Maria is a student who likes to cram just like I do!

As soon as I met up with Maria on Wednesday afternoon, she told me we had to go directly to the computer lab to work on a power point presentation she had to create for a project. I had no problem with this, because thats what I am there for. It turns out that she was creating a presentation about New Mexico. I guess that each student was assigned one state to study facts on to present in front of the class. Maria was very excited to have my help on the presentation. She kept saying, "Mrs. Mcready is going to be so proud of me!"

I hope that I was helping her create a power point that is what Mrs Mcready wanted. Maria really had no idea what she needed to do, so I decided to go with what I thought students her age would find interesting. Instead of putting a bunch of writing, Maria and I decided to pictures for each category that she had to study. That way, they are looking at pictures while she is talking about the different topics. We found a background that matched New Mexico very well, so I was pretty happy with what they got done. Towards the end of my time in St. Charles I asked Maria when she had to present. All she said was tomorrow. I was like you are crazy girl! You should have been working on this a long time ago. When really, I shouldn't say this because that would make me a hypocrite because I tend to cram myself.

Although we didn't get to spend time outside today, I felt that Maria was happy with getting some homework done today. I think she felt pretty happy with our time together. I figured out today that I will be able to be her community based big next year, so now I just need to look up the paperwork and everything! I am pretty excited about that! :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's a BEAUTIFUL day for St. Charles...

I love spring so much! As soon as I picked up Maria from her classroom we went right outside! It was just so sunny and fabulous!

When we first got outside, Maria, Kelli, Elisa and I decided to play a little four-square. I laugh every time I play this game with Maria because I used to play this game when I was her age. I love to see that some things never change! There are some interesting new rules that I had never heard of before, but the main concept of the game is pretty much the same. We played for about 30 minutes, but then all of these kids on bikes started showing up.

It turns out there was a bike safety camp or something going on at St. Charles Elementary. I want to say there were about 30 kids on bikes in the small playground area. Of course, almost all of the littles were curious about what was going on. Turns out all the kids had the chance to ride through a bike safety course and get fitted for a bike helmet. Most of the littles didn't have a bike with them, but they borrowed them from friends. Maria was really excited about her new bike helmet, and we spent the rest of the day doing all the biking activities.

The people putting on the camp actually had a mock bike crash. It was pretty interesting, it actually reminded me of high school when we had a mock car crash. The ambulance came and everything, and I think it really helped the kids to understand that bike safety is very important. Maria and the rest of the littles seemed to have a great time with the bike safety, and it made the time fly by really fast today!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Let's put make-up on... ahhh

Oh what a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L day in St. Charles. I truly love spring time!

We arrived in St. Charles right on time today and I headed right up to Maria's classroom to meet up with her. She came out of the room and immeadiatly called me a "tardie head," (I think thats what she said) for not coming last week. When I told her my story about missing the bus, she accepted my apology. I was glad for that!

Like most of the recent weeks in St. Charles, Maria and I headed down to the basement with Elisa and Kelli to hang out. Elisa brought a make-up set to school today and the littles thought it would be a GREAT idea to give the bigs make-overs. More like lipstick all over the face. I wish I would have had a camera because we looked pretty crazy! It was a great time!

After we washed off all the ridiculous make-up, we headed outside. The weather was AMAZING! Sunny and Fabulous! We all just sat and played music on Kelli's computer. Just kind of made it a "girls" day and rocked out to some good music and enjoyed the weather. It was super laid back, and I was pretty worn out, so it worked out perfect for me!

Maria inquired today about me becoming her community based big and I would love to do that. I register for classes on Monday and as far as I know, I should be free on Wednesdays to keep seeing Maria. I don't want to make any promises in advance, because then the let down would be even worse!

Hopefully it all works out!

Oh oh oh!! P.S
I talked to Lisa today and mentioned that I will be working at a Girl Scout camp, and she said that BBBS has camp scholarships and she may be able to keep Maria in mind for one of those scholarships. She might be able to come and spend a week with me at camp! That would be such a blast! I didn't tell Maria about it, because I need details first, but that would be amazing for sure!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bus didn't wait for me :(

I feel absolutely terrible because as I was running towards Gildemiester yesterday, I watched the bus pull on to Huff street and leave for St. Charles without me. I was on a field trip for my field experience class and I did my best to get back to campus by 2pm. I think it was about 2:05 when I saw the bus pull away. It was supposed to wait for me but it didn't.

I mostly feel bad for Maria. I talked to Cassie, however, and it seems she was just her normal self. I guess the weather was really bad in St. Charles and the time was mostly spent in the gym anyways. I hope Maria isn't too upset with me next week. Maybe I will bring her some Flaming Hott Cheetos as an "I'm Sorry," present. haha

Thursday, March 26, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARIA!

Maria and I had a wonderful time in St. Charles today! Well, first off, we had a birthday to celebrate. Maria's birthday was last week, but since St. Charles was on spring break, we had to celebrate her birthday this week. I started off the day by heading up to her classroom to meet up with her. I was kind of afraid that she might forget, considering we hadn't seen each other in 2 weeks.

When we got to the gym, I picked up the present. Maria and I decided to walk downstairs to open her present and eat her snack. I decided to get her a Hannah Montana puzzle and some flaming hott cheetos. I couldn't go wrong with either present because they are both so MARIA! Then Maria decided to eat one of the three cupcakes that I bought for her and save the rest for later. Fair enough. When we headed back upstairs we decided to put the puzzle together to see what it really looked like. It was actually pretty fun and it didn't take us long at all. Now Maria can do that puzzle any time. Its a good thing for her, because it involves some extra thinking and processing.

After the puzzle was put together we decided to head outside. We played the helicopter game with Kelli and Elisa. It was pretty fun, until we got cold. When we couldn't be outside any longer, we headed inside. Maria and I both realized as soon as we got inside that it was about time for me to head back to Winona. We said our goodbyes and Maria headed home. What a good week in St. Charles!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Study Study Study!!!

Today Maria and I got down to business!! It was a good business though!! As soon as I got to St. Charles Elementary School I headed up to Maria's classroom to meet with her, and her teacher told me she needs to work on her Geomerty terms for a test tomorrow. Maria had some flashcards and so we headed straight to the library to study study study!!

Although Maria didn't enjoy studying at first, the more times we went through the flash cards the more she knew, and the more excited she got about knowing the terms. There are still a few that she has trouble with, but I think she will be fine on the test tomorrow!! Helping Maria to understand the meanings of the different terms made me excited to help out a student. I am so anxious to become a teacher and have the opportunity to do that everyday! I still have another year and a half before I graduate though. At least I have something to look forward to! When Maria and I sat down to study, we made an agreement. The agreement was to study until 3:30 and then we could find something fun to do. As the time approached 3:30 Maria kept telling me just one more time through the cards. We actually studied until around 3:45! She was pretty excited to keep memorizing.

After we left the library, we headed up to the computer lab to play some "educational" games. This is becoming a routine every time I come to St. Charles. I don't think she really has an opportunity to use the computers outside school and BBBS, so I let her use them whenever she wants. Next week is St. Charles' spring break, so Maria and I will not be meeting next week. Its kind of a bummer because Maria's birthday is next Tuesday and I was going to bring snacks on Wednesday. Looks like Maria gets a belated birthday surprise next time I come to St. Charles!