Sunday, September 8, 2013

Grade One

We successfully made it through the first day of grade one.  The first day of grade one was a complete 180 from the first day of Kindergarten.  The girl who walked across the playground this year was excited, confident and happy but she still needed mom to come with her.  The changes for Callie from Kindergarten to Grade one seemed to be just the right amount for her to manage.  The things that stayed the same...same school, same door to enter, same French teacher, same kids in her class...balanced out the changes...full days at school, new daycare for lunches, new English teacher...and made for a pretty smooth transition to grade one.

A few weeks ago the girls and I were out shopping with Nana and Callie picked out a new outfit for the first day of school.  She doesn't usually get too excited about new clothes but on this particular day she was pumped up to try on the clothes she picked.  Nana and I looked at each other with raised eyebrows as if to say, "who's child is this and what happened to Callie?"  The outfit she picked for herself had me questioning whether I knew this girl at was a sweater with a BOW!  Well, she tried it on and said it felt right and that she liked it and was going to wear it on the first day of school.  The first day of school turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year so the sweater thing didn't end up happening.  If this sweater ever appears on her body there will definitely be a photo taken.

    First day of Kindergarten, grade one, grade three, and grade two...

Callie came home from her first day of Grade One vibrating with excitement.  She was talking a mile a minute about learning to sing O Canada and how her class is going to sing it at a hockey game!  She showed off her school agenda explaining to me where she writes notes and where I'm supposed to sign it everyday.  She talked about learning to read and getting to sit at a desk and organizing school supplies. There was no nervousness mixed into her words.  Just pure, crystal clear excitement.   It was a good day.

Lexi's first day on her own at the new daycare caused a teary goodbye as Callie and I left for school.  She fell and skinned both her knees on the pavement in the morning but things got better at lunch time when her BFF got to the daycare after her first morning at kindergarten.  When I picked her up she was all smiles and full of hugs and kisses for her mama.  I missed her too.

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