Anna: Other than the fire drill that scared her to bits, I think she had a pretty successful day. She was too shy to tell the class her name. But now that she knows everyone she can talk to them today. She loved music -- they sang counting songs and she got partnered up with Benjamin for an actions song (shake hands, high-five, and hug). There is a Conner and a Payton in her class. But most importantly the Payton is also a boy! (a rare find these days). This morning she found a friend as she walked into the kindergarten play yard and I heard the girl say, "Hi Anna." Being 6 is awesome -- all you have to do is say hi and you're instant friends.
Payton: He broke into tears in the morning when the teacher instructed that all their work had to be done in cursive. He's been practicing cursive on worksheets, but he hasn't had to write exclusively that way. She told him it would be okay to write however he liked (she felt bad). But she says that not too much later he was writing everything in cursive. That's Payton. He gets pretty jarred initially when there is a change to the routine or something he "thinks" he doesn't know how to do -- but then he's able to adapt and figure it out pretty quickly. He was also a little grumpy about lunch time and the fact that all the kids were squishing him on the bench. I'm not sure that he met anyone today -- it sounds like he played by himself on the play structure. He was excited to start earning his ice cream sundae by passing off multiplication facts. The teacher has some fun incentive programs that I think he is excited about. His morning line-up routine is pretty simple, so he has that part figured out.
Conner: Well, when I picked him up and asked how his day was . . . he gave me a thumbs down. But as we talked about each subject/class I was able to pull a positive out of each one. The boys in his class were really nice and they kept asking him to sit at their table. His class rotates to 6 different classrooms and he was always the one at the end of line because it took him so much time to write the homework in his assignment book. And one time his class left him behind. But he was able to catch up. He liked writing and science class the best. We had a torturous afternoon trying to sort and get through all his new homework. (Finally finished at 9pm). Hopefully today will be better. One of the most challenging things for him is knowing where he is supposed to go first thing in the morning (it changes everyday). I tried to track down his homeroom teacher this morning to get my hands on a schedule this morning, but no luck. I told the office and they are going to help us get that information. This morning we found a very nice and helpful girl from his class and she was able to help him get where he needs to be. I think once we get that figured out we can at least start the day on a good foot.
So, everyone had their own little hiccups on the first day. Which is understandable. We can just hope and try for fewer hiccups each day going forward.
Okay, 2 text heavy posts in 2 days is a little much! So here's an image from pinterest.