Saturday, August 30, 2014

The First Week

We survived the first week of school!

Rachel was a bit reluctant to start 1st grade. She has a different teacher than Katherine did, and she was sure that Mrs. H was not going to be "fun". And her first day was not the best... She got mad at a couple of boys in her class and hit them. This, of course, got her in trouble. And for all her orneriness, Rae hates to be in trouble. When her teacher came to talk to me after school, Rachel started sobbing. She cried most of the way home. She was planning on having Katherine sign her behavior chart and when I pointed out that she would still need to tell Dad, she cried some more. She eventually got herself under control and asked with all seriousness "Why do I have to have a punishment every single time I'm bad?"

Since that rocky first day, Rachel has done just fine in first grade. She has managed not to hit anyone else. She's played the triangle and maracas in music class. She's made some new friends. She aced her very first spelling test. And she thinks Mrs. H is "the best teacher ever!"

Katherine is now a 5th grader (a fact that continues to stun and amaze me...). She has known for years that once she finished 4th grade, she would move from the little elementary school where I teach to the large Intermediate School in the town where we live. She has worried about that since she was Rae's age and has been on major anxiety alert for the past six months. New school. New town. New friends. New routine. That was a LOT of change for my girl who hates change! But when the start of school finally rolled around, Kate couldn't wait to go. She was done worrying and was just ready for the adventure. And she has managed it all beautifully!

Katherine goes to school with Steve and rides the bus to her building, moves between classrooms and teachers for different subjects, finds her way around the building with 400 other 5th and 6th graders, does her homework in class, and rides the bus back to Steve's school at the end of the day. She thinks 5th grade is fabulous and hops out of bed ready to go every morning. She's delighted to have a wider diversity of kids in her classes and is looking forward to teachers asssigning "real work". She is also madly in love with the accessories of intermediate school - notebooks, binders, agenda book, photo ID. Her only complaint has been that orchestra is a zoo - with 60 kids trying out stringed instruments for the first time, I'm sure it is!

We are all enjoying sleeping in and taking it easy this Labor Day weekend, but when Tuesday rolls around, we'll all be ready to go back to school.

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