First Day of First Grade

And just like that my 2 oldest have begun first grade. This year we were blessed to have daddy home to start the school year off. I was able to finish getting everything the way I want it for the coming year, and spend some “school” time with my third born who says she wants to do school but isn’t quite ready for it.

This year we opened with a fun letter for each child. Our boys got the same letter.Image

If it doesn’t make sense here is how it read:

“Dear T or J–

Welcome to your first day of first grade! We hope you will start this year off without being a (crybaby). May this year be a (ball) as you learn to be (painterz) and (smarties). Hopefully through the year you will go on a learning (spree) without any (warheads). You need to know that school (rocks) and you will become a (nerd) either (now or later). Love dad and mom.”

Our daughter’s read slightly different because she isn’t doing school quite yet. I will focus on helping her achieve a teachable spirit. Strongwilledness runs strong in this house and I want her to look forward to learning and starting kindergarten verses the battle that I know it can become with a strong-willed child.

First Day of School (5)a

Her’s read,

“Dear C—

We know you are not starting school this year but we are expecting you to grow and continue learning. We will need your help to keep T— from going on a destruction (spree). We also hope that you learn to like learning without being a (crybaby) or a (warhead). You need to learn that school (rocks) and that it will make you a (smartie) and a (nerd). love dad and mom.”

With all that-a new school year is a challenge. My baby no longer takes morning naps and loves to be around people and her sister really can only tolerate playing with her for so long. It also presents me with having to learn a new format of teaching and topics and styles. This is difficult for my type A, very structured, liking predictability, personality. To say we are off to a smooth start would be optimistic. I think the start off school and the end of school go fairly rough. We come off of being able to go outside and play all the time in the beginning and at the end we are antsy to spend more time doing the things we want to. I am also starting this school year off without my helper. This means I really need to regroup and find time managing skills. So with that this is the beginning of a new year and we are hoping that we can find our niche like last year and get to enjoying our new routine and schedule. Prayers for continuing on this journey are appreciated.

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