Monday, September 21, 2009

Our Weekend with Coquito

This weekend was our first school project and hopefully we passed :-)!
When Ella got off the bus Friday afternoon she was carrying a black bag which I soon found out housed Coquito the monkey and his supplies. Ella told me she was really good at school that day so she got to bring him home for the weekend. Inside the bag was a notebook, some crayons and a pen with instructions to take good care of him over the weekend and then document his adventures in his journal by taking and drawing pictures.
It turns out we were the first ones to do this, so hopefully we took it in the direction Ella's teacher was hoping for! Ella was SO excited to have the teacher read what we wrote to the class and show them our pictures this morning when she left for school. She also requested a ride this morning since she had the extra bag to take care of.

So, here are our weekend adventures with Coquito.
On Saturday Johnny came over to play (Ella has missed him since school started!) and Ella was dying to have a tea party with Coquito. So they dressed up (Johnny always puts on our art smock and the pirate hat, one of only 2 "manly" get ups we have) and ended up staying outside most the afternoon.
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In Coquito's journal we wrote about the tea party and how Ella helped her looked beautiful for the occasion :-).
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Not documented in Coquito's journal...Mckell and I were in the kitchen (she brought this DELISH salad over) when Addie let out a scream of pure terror. We hurried over (I thought maybe a wasp had stung her or something awful) and saw this frog hopping behind the table. Mike had left his lawn mowing shoes outside the back door and Addie decided to bring them in with this frog was hiding out in them. It definitely added some excitement to the afternoon and we eventually chased him back out the door (no one wanted to touch him :-), although Johnny did give him our little frog toy).
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We did write about all the pictures we drew...
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and our trip to the library (where Coquito was introduced to Venitha, helped pick out the books and then scanned them).
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When we got home Ella read some of the new books to him and he Loved it :-).
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Addie had our own adventure that afternoon with the bird bath. She asked me to fill it with water and played in it forever. We heard her crying at one point and went out to see her all wet and the bird bath top knocked off. She told us she was trying to get a drink from it (apparently channeling her inner cat). Poor Addie had a rough day :-).
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Back to Coquito...We also wrote about how he started to get a little homesick (which required quite an explanation to Ella since he was NOT sick) but felt better after swinging in the trees and hanging out with Preston in his jungle room. (Preston by the way LOVED Coquito!)
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Ella shared pizza with him and we went to church. Ella really wanted the picture of the 3 kids in the journal so she could show her friends "all the kids" in our family :-).
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After getting Addie and Preston tucked in, Ella and I finished up her journal entry. She picked which pictures she wanted included and we decided what to write about and then she colored pictures in every last empty space on our pages.
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I can't wait to hear how it all went when the teacher shared it with the class :-).
Adios Coquito!
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6 comments:

Annemarie said...

That is hilarious! I'm betting Coquito felt especially at hhme in the jungle room.

Cheryl Joy said...

The picture with Preston is awesome!

I'm in this class called "Cross Cultural Communications," where we learn about integrating multiculturalism into our curriculum. I told me teacher about "my niece's" ;) immersion program and she was so interested and glad I mentioned it. She talked about it, and similar topics, for the last 10 minutes of class. I thought you would be glad to know Ella's experience is benefiting future teachers. ;)

Laurie said...

Don't think I'm lame cause I have commented on all your posts lately, but I just had to say that the tea party was so cute! I loved how Ella dressed up Coquito. Kid's have come a long way. I had a pet rock I put diapers on.

Also cute how the monkey checked out the books and sat in Ella's lap while she read them! Love it.

Diane said...

This post was really cute and fun to read. I can't help but imagine Mike slipping those shoes on and getting quite a surprise.

Kayley said...

wow- what a fun weekend with Coquito! That is such a fun thing for her class to do!

KelleyAnne said...

I loved seeing all the adventures with Coquito. I can see why Ella was excited to share them with her class. That is so fun that she was the first was chosen to take Coquito home. Preston looks so cute holding the little monkey in his adorable jungle room.