I can’t believe it’s really time for school to start! Our school system is eventually going to a year- round school schedule and I have to say, I think it’s probably a good idea. My kids, even though their summer was only about 2 months long, was long enough. For them and for me 😉 I love our schools here, the teachers are amazing, so it’s not so tough kissing them goodbye on that first day since I know they are in such good hands. This year in particular, all of the kids have incredible teachers.
Isabelle is starting in our county’s special needs preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. There are 4 other kids in her class, one other girl and three boys. We met the other night at Isabelle’s classroom for a ‘meet the teacher’ night. To say that Isabelle was excited would be quite an understatement. That room had everything she loves all in about 400 square feet. A kitchen. A reading area. Mini chairs and tables. Pretend food. Toys. Books. Puppet show theater. She was darting from thing to thing and I had to laugh… her teacher, Mrs. Hall is sure in for a workout this year!! Her teacher just smiled a knowing smile… I am sure she’s met quite a few ‘busy’ kids in her career 🙂 Isabelle’s class also has one para-pro and a speech therapist so the kids get lots of individualized attention. In a few weeks the speech therapist and I will get together and decide if she still needs to get private speech therapy outside of school. I am so happy for Isabelle, especially considering how anxious I was at first about the idea of being away from her for even part of the day. But seeing how thrilled she was to be going to school.. the look on her face when we bought her ‘Rockstar’ messenger bag… well, you can see by the pictures, the girl is PUMPED about going to school! She actually LOOKED at the camera and smiled!!
Asher and Dalton are also excited about school starting this year. Dalton has one of his favorite classmates from last year, Jace, in his class this year. He kept asking me, “Mom, is Jace in my class?” just to be sure it was really true 🙂 I walked him to his classroom and the teacher showed him his ‘spot’ for his bookbag, etc. I told him goodbye and that I loved him and he called “I love you too!”… it was so sweet. I guess he’s not too embarrassed yet to tell his momma that he loves her in public 😉 Asher was looking forward to school because his best buddy, Eli, is in his class this year. Of all the kids for Asher to have as a classmate, Eli is the one he would have chosen. When we met Asher’s teacher the other night she said she had heard about Asher and that he was a very sweet boy. I had to wholeheartedly agree, he IS!
Zach was a bit more anxious about school starting this year. Middle school can be so much more stressful than elementary. He made some great friends last year, but many of them are being zoned to a different school this year, so he isn’t sure who will be back. I know once he settles in he’ll have a great year, it’s just tough sometimes to get started!
Now my days will be free in the AM since I’ll only have Sophie (who will be starting two day/week preschool at a private school in a few weeks) and Jude… what will I do with myself? Maybe I’ll finally get the house cleaned or some dinner made BEFORE 6:30 😉