This year: a theater class and Crunchin' Numbers.
I volunteered this Wednesday at the request of the Numbers teacher, but weaseled my way into both classes. It was a nice experience. Usually Lisa volunteers at YaYa's school activite, so I was glad to take an active part in her education.
In theater I got a sneak preview of the performance and costuming. I watched some improv exercises, then helped the kids dye a sheet green for use as foliage.
[I forgot to wear gloves and wound up with green hands. I was called Shrek and Hulk for the rest of the class]
In Numbers I saw why YaYa felt a little overwhelmed. The kids weren't the best behaved, the classroom a little chaotic, and the subject matter (math, including fractions) kind of intimidating.
I was proud of her tho'. I explained that the bottom half of the fraction dentoed the total number of items; the top half, how many of those items were used.
She got it; you could see it in her eyes. One of the questions instructed her to color in 2/2 of a box; lo and behold she thought a second and then said "So I color in all of it, right?"
She was very proud of her worksheet and honestly outperformed the two boys I was helping.
That was good, because against all logic she seems to have low self-esteem and seemed troubled by the classwork earlier in the sessions.
Anyhow, today was her finale, her grand performance in the UWM Theater class's performance of Where the Wild Things Are.
[Note: Cattyness abounds in females. YaYa was quick to point out to us in the days leading up to the play that the narrator had a lisp and was hard to understand. A nine year old, she stressed, with professional (rather than personal) contempt.]
For your everlasting boredom, here is the performance in full, attended by my father, Lisa, LuLu, and YaYa's friend AnnaBelle.
[neat moment: I took YaYa in my car, Lis followed with the kids. When Lu saw me across the union courtyard she yelled 'Daddy!' and ran squealing 100 feet or more to jump into my arms.]
Please excuse the blurry photo - I lack photo software at this location.
YaYa is in front, second from the camera. She speaks the line "And they nashed their terrible teeth" and handles the visual effect of the 'waves'.
Some parents showed up late and so the play was performed again. YaYa needs to be prompted on her line, and the 'waves' have disappeared and are improvised.
And again, after a snack and mingle, another performance! Why, I don't know.
Afterwards we took the kids for lunch in the Union, then headed out for our annual trip to Downer Woods to visit Eeyore's House of Winnie the Pooh fame (minus a very pregnant Lisa).
But first, we stopped out at the fountain near the library, home of many memories of my old childhood visits to UWM.
The kids love Downer's Woods and ya know what - LuLu really honestly and truly believes it's Eeyore's house. She wanted to know if he was home and wanted me to check, but chickened out on my suggestion to knock and say hello.
Then AnnaBelle started saying that Eeyore was dead, and Lu flipped on her. I told AnnaBelle to knock it off, and on the way back she go into it a bit, 'identifying' Tigger and Pooh's houses.
When we exited the forest the girls were ecstatic to see Lis and ran to hug her.
Lis took the kids home, and YaYa and I went to the final numbers class.
A nice day, and a great program offered by my alma matter.