First day of school

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All ready for their first day of school.

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Micaela, Emeth and Anna’s first day of school was last Thursday, January 26th, 2017. Today marks Micaela’s first full week of school completed. Anna goes three half-days per week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. She enjoys it, but by the time she gets home she’s ready for her mi-mi (blanket).

Emeth stayed home Monday and Tuesday because he was sick. Back to school Wednesday. Then decided to stay home yesterday. When I asked him why he just said, “I don’t know.” Rachel has been sick, too, so having a break has been nice. While she’s rested, Emeth’s played contentedly with Talia, or by himself, building all variation of things from saddled dragons, to snow-shoes, to swords, shields and a lion’s mane. All out of this lego-type bridge kit he got for Christmas, and all out of his imagination. I don’t think I’ve seen one bridge yet.

He seemed to do fine the three days he’s been in school. He didn’t cry. He didn’t complain. He just said, indifferently, “It was long.” It seems like he could take or leave kindergarten right now. We’ll take it a day at a time. Maybe next week. Or maybe he’ll stick with homeschooling. Time will tell.

Micaela is the most excited, by far. From what I hear, she’s made some good friends already, likes her teacher, and has a lot of fun at school and on the playground.

Anna is excited too, but from what I gather she’s been a little shy up until yesterday when her teacher told me that Anna’s been opening up and getting more “chatty.”

Talia talks about going to school, too. And she might be able to when she turns three, since they have a three day a week arrangement for three year olds. We’ll see. She might need to get the going-on-the-potty thing down first, assuming that’s a prerequisite.

I didn’t expect the transition to go so smoothly. It certainly helps that it’s such a small school. K through 6th. Maybe 50 – 60 kids in the whole school? (Not sure.)

I’m excited for them. The hardest part, probably, is letting go of expectations. Being okay with outside influences. But we’re seeing it as a good thing. As part of the growth process; of learning about their surroundings; of trying on different personalities; of letting them learn how to grow up and become independent and mature adults. It’s maturing for us, too, I think. Of letting go of control and trying to take long-view rather than stress over day to day, idiosyncratic variations in their personalities, tastes, interests, likes and attitudes.