We’re in the mad rush to make sure Belle has everything she needs for school. Her first day is one week from yesterday. We meet her teacher, Ms. G, tonight. J was able to change his schedule so he would be off early enough to make it-he’s in the out patient center this week and they rotate who leaves first, second, third, etc. He lucked out that today was a slow day at the center so he didn’t even have to go in! This sort of thing rarely, if ever, happens and he has to work all weekend, so I’m especially happy.
I can’t believe my little girl is about to begin first grade. It seems like just yesterday we were fretting over Kindergarten, and in a blink it was over. Heather Bailey was saying the other day how, with kids, the days are long but the years are short. I have to completely agree. There are many days when I wonder how in the world I’m going to make it to bedtime, and yet I can’t believe how close we are to Little Lamb’s 2nd and Belle’s 7th birthdays.
We seriously considered homeschooling Belle this year. We knew we would be moving, and the neighborhood we hoped to move to didn’t have the best schools. I read books, did research online, dreamed of field trips. My heart was really set on homeschooling. But then we moved to a house in the same school as our old place. J and I continued talking it over, trying to be sure we were making the best decision for Belle. The school year ended on such a high note for Belle. She was excited to be a part of something bigger than her. She excelled academically further than I’d ever anticipated, mostly due to the large number of aids her school employs.
The reality is Little Lamb is still at a very demanding age. I’m hoping to do some evening tutoring rather than watching a child every day, but it might not work out. It simply wouldn’t be right to push Belle’s education aside to care for someone else. This is where we are right now, and much as I’d like to, I can’t deny that. I expect that I will question myself many, many times this year. But I’d do that either way, really.
So, for this year, she’s going back to public school. I can’t speak for next year, or the year after that. I’m seriously dreading the increased emphasis on testing that I know is inevitable. They don’t begin formal state testing until 3rd grade, but I know the preps are coming. As a former public school teacher, I know just how much testing influences your planning. There are many things I would have taught, but couldn’t because I had to administer yet another practice test.
On another note, we’ve just given LL her first peanut butter sandwich. Her response was “Yummy!” So far, so good.
Here is a note from the little girl herself. She just had to get her opinion on here:
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Have a nice Thursday!!