Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First Day

Went terrific...

Except it cracked me up that he slyly told me that when at the after school program he went to he was asked to write on an apple something fun about summer, he wrote "Not having to be in school." Oh. My! :)

And when Braeden told me that the short class time (a whopping TWO hours) enabled him to control himself better. (yeah buddy, well that ain't gonna last!) :)

But he had a GREAT first day! Braeden earned $2, a sticker, and a puzzle piece! And boy was he excited! :) I'll take it!

And Olivia, what can I say, the girl loves school! She was so glad to be back and see her friends!

She talked to me after school about her plan for homework (an area she really struggles in) and I'm very proud of her. Her teacher told her that in preparation for middle school they wouldn't expect parents to sign their assignment notebook every night, so she has a plan for how she is going to study, etc, and we'll see if/how it pans out. She REALLY wants to do track next year, and I've already talked to her about how her grades have to be up and she has to show responsibility in balancing homework, family, and extracurriculars or it just won't work. She's motivated, so hopefully it'll continue that way into the year! :)

She is also a bit of an emotional mess right now, very much an emotional roller coaster. Part of it is transition, but right now she seems to be doing much better in that area. And part of it is that her body gets so exhausted which comes out emotionally. She's gotten used to going to bed between 8-9 and sleeping until 8-9:30 at times... and now is going to bed between 7:30-8 (depending on how tired she seems) and getting up at 6:15... it's rough... but I'm hopeful it'll even out soon!

Liam had his kindergarten orientation today and starts his first day tomorrow! Can't BELIEVE it! A little bummed though since he and Braeden had coordinating first day outfits, but you can't have it all! :) LOL He is SO excited! He knows one little girl in his class from day care/preschool last year, so that helps too! His teacher is one I don't know and seems GREAT! I know he'll have a wonderful year! Pics tomorrow!


i love first day pictures, they are so cute! Hope they had a good time!

Kathy C. said...

I have a fifth grader who really struggles too. She has an IEP for whatever good that does. She is in the charter school for the first year and has to be out the door at 6:10 (!!!) to catch the transfer bus!

So stylish! Tell her she looks very pretty!

Becky said...

I'm a little late, but Olivia is such a beautiful girl! Love the hair!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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