On Monday Smarty has crossed the border to her new life as a “big kid”. She had started kindergarten in our local public school. It’s a relatively small school for our Silicon Valley – about 300 families send their children there. She was wildly excited all week before the start, and her excitement rose even higher on Friday when we met the teacher and her kindergarten classmates (4 more girls and 5 boys). She was a bit disappointed that she won’t be riding a school bus, but our school is only about 15 minutes walk, and almost all elementary school children from our street walk to school together accompanied by two adults.
Smarty is in a combo K-1 class that is taught by a 1st grade teacher. Her room is not a usual K classroom with toys and blocks. It’s a more serious 1st grade classroom, but Smarty immediately loved the fact that it is overflowing with books and that there are computers too. I think starting in the combo class is the best thing for her – she loves the thought of being with “older friends”, and everyone is raving about her teacher, Mrs J.
Smarty's first couple of days went great. She went into the classroom without any prolonged goodbyes that she had mastered in preschool, and she was full of stories when we picked her up. She was also delighted to receive a schultuete on her first day of school – a German tradition that was carried on. Her papa personally made this “school cone” and we filled it with little school-related presents.
I am excited about the start of this new journey. Our daughter is thrilled to join the world of “real school”, and I am hoping that she will meet wonderful teachers and will make good friends who will last a lifetime, just as we did.