Yesterday, the first day of school, no one wanted to get up. We are way out of practice.
I ended up carrying my two younger ones to the coach.
My husband was at work so I managed to get the three up and out the door.
I thought I was doing so well but check out my 9 year olds shirt!
We had over $100 of school supplies for my 2 older kids classes. I don’t remember my parents having to do this, not that I think the teachers should be covering this, but next year will be over $150 of cleaning and class extras and that is a lot. We took a taxi to school, the kids loved it.
Looking in through the school gates to the playground waiting to be let in.
My oldest had to go into the play yard and meet his teacher by himself. All the parents huddled on the sidewalk on top of each other staring in, saying how crazy it was, but I noticed all the kids had lots of room and seemed fine inside the playground.
Last year both parents and children waited in the cafeteria. By the time we went upstairs my kindergartner was out of his mind with fear, too much noise, too many people. He hid inside the class room closet and wouldn’t come out. Apparently he swung at two of the teachers who tried to get him out. Both the teachers were pregnant and he ended up in the principles office on his first day! It was a nightmare. I just have to add he got much better and never behaved like that again but it will be a story we tell his kids!
This year he meet his first grade teacher outside, first grade parents were allowed into the playground. He was quiet but it was night and day from last year. I can’t tell you how relieved I was.
My kid is in the bottom right with the blond hair and black backpack.
The first graders walking into the school.
Then it was just my preschooler and me. His teacher was only having half of the class at a time for one hour. We were the second group. So we headed off for a snack then back to the class.
Snack time! A apple fritter for him and a big coffee for me!
My youngest loved his class he is already making friends with a bunch of the boys. All the parents stood in the back of the class and watched as the teacher gathered all the kids on the rug and read a story and taught them a song. The parents, all smiled encouraging at their kids and took pictures. That poor teacher, alright I admit it I was taking pictures with the best of them!
Here is my son drawing a picture with his new friends
Here he is with the teacher tell the class all about his picture.
This first day is all very anti-climatic. They started on Wednesday then have been home for the last two days because of the Jewish holidays. They start again on Monday. I have this odd feeling like the whole thing was a dream, a dream that took a lot of stress and work to make it through. Now the kids are back on vacation like nothing ever happened.
I shouldn’t say it but I can’t wait til Monday. I need some quiet!