In our lives… It was the first week of school here! Anna was super excited to go back to the same wonderful teacher she had in kindergarten. She is now one of 15 first graders in her combo K-1 class. She has a kindergarten buddy and tries hard to be a good example to her new friend. Anna is also excited to be able to buy food and eat lunch in school cafeteria. I know many people manage to put together fantastic fun and nutritious lunches for their kids, but I was never able to really put needed thought, time and energy into prepping her lunches. Maybe cafeteria food loses its appeal in a couple of years, but for now it looks like we’ll stick to it.
What we are learning… Transition to early mornings and longer school days is tough on all of us. Anna was coming home exhausted and was not interested in any activities except reading. We are moving her bedtime earlier – hopefully my husband will manage next week to get her to a desired time of 8:30 pm. She bounced back nicely on the weekend after sleeping for 12+ hours and catching up on much needed rest.
What’s new? Anna took on several longer projects these weeks and completed them on her own. It’s interesting to see her putting more thoughts and planning in her projects. I was also excited when she suddenly wanted to try out a 100 piece puzzle. My husband and I like puzzles, but until now our daughter just “wasn’t getting it”. I helped her a little, but she was very proud when she did a 100 puzzle almost on her own.
Quote of the week:
- Meeting a neighbor on Friday afternoon.
- Neighbor: How was the first week of school?
- Anna: Awesome! I had the best teacher in the whole wide world, and I have her again!
- Neighbor: But aren’t you happy that you will have a long weekend?
- Anna (shocked): No, I would really like to go to school! I love school!