OK, we actually went back to school 2 weeks ago.
It is sooooo good!
I have to say this is the first year,
we I am not in tears,
yelling by the end of the first week,
"That's it, you are all going to public school!!"
The only difference this year, is we started early, but I think the biggest difference
is I didn't set super high expectations for the first week, or even the first day.
I stuck with what I know works.
I did the easy happy mama cookies (the refrigerated kind)
I didn't do special prizes for starting school
I didn't feel guilty for not doing those special prizes!!
(you can read my excited comment though from 3 years ago....
oh how much I've learned about myself, since I've turned 40!)
(no offense please, I'm just kidding everyone!!)
It's good for the kiddos to be back on schedule.
Too much free time is...well....too much free time.
Don't get me wrong, I think that is what summer is meant for,
It's just that,
now there is less fighting,
the kids seem happier and busier and just more confident!
Good-bye lazy summer!
Hello planned meals,
scheduled days & busy schedules,
hello learning new things and growing together in our minds and hearts.
And First Grade.....
And Fourth Grade.....
And Sixth Grade!!!
Orange you glad school is back in session?
Some of the kiddos said,
"Orange you glad school has started?"
And some said,
"Orange you glad we only have 8 1/2 more months of school left til summer vacation?"