Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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Aug22_FirstDay1On Monday Anna 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.

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Anna 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 Anna 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.

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Anna’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.

17 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Congratulations to Anna on mastering such an important transition!

Annette W. said...

YAY! She's so lucky to be in a classroom where she'll be challenged a bit more! (I think gifted children aren't usually identified as such until about 3rd grade...)

We're still in preschool.

Julie said...

I'm so glad she is enjoying her new school! Yay! And I think she'll do great in a K-1st combo class. That's perfect for her since I'm sure the teacher can challenge her with more advanced work when needed. I hope she has a great year!

Christy said...

That combo class is perfect for her! We don't have anything like that. As a matter of fact, our gifted program was cut due to funding - it stinks.

I love the schultuete - it's huge! I have seen them before, but usually just little ones.

Hooray for Anna!

Kim said...

It sounds wonderful! How great that she can walk to school with the neighbors, and that she has such a small class. Hurray, it sounds like she's off to a perfect start!

Debbie said...

I am so proud of Anna for making such a huge transition. She will love school! I agree I feel the K-1st grade classroom is a perfect fit for her. I truly look forward to hearing more about her adventures.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

How nice to have such a small class! The combination class sounds great too. I have never heard of a schultuete before.

Thank you for linking to my Back to School Traditions link up.

Amy said...

Congratulations to all of you on such a smooth transition with a big milestone. We didn't do nearly so well when my oldest started Kindergarten 7 years ago - we all cried! J was in a combo 1st/2nd grade class for two years and it was wonderful.

Susan @ learning ALL the time!! said...

How exciting for you all!! I am glad the transition has gone well, and hope Anna has a super year :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What a nice tradition for her Papa to pass on to her!

Jackie H. said...

Wow! It sounds like she is off to a great start in a wonderful school. Hope she has a good year!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Bless Anna's heart! I am so happy for you both that she has had a great start.

I think that combo K-1 class will be the perfect fit for Anna.

I hope her school year is a wonderful one, academically and socially, Natalie!

I love the tradition of the schultuete too.

Kylie said...

sounds like she is off to a fabulous start.

Joyful Learner said...

Congratulations on the send off! We just send off K's closest friend to school this week as well. Best of luck to the new year!

Elise said...

What an exciting time for all of your family and I am very happy to hear that Anna is settling in so well.

The schutuete is such a special gift, what a wonderful surprise to be given.

MaryAnne said...

Are there only ten children in her class? How lucky!!!

Emma starts kindergarten in two weeks, and she is looking forward to it! Everyone raves about her teacher, also, but there will probably be over twenty children in her class. And the school definitely does not have Apple computers - there are definite benefits to living in Silicon Valley!

Kelly said...

I am so excited for you and Anna that her first day of kindergarten went well! I'm sure it is going to be a great year for her.
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