We have started this year with full time in person school for Sloane. She was very excited to get back to school and see her friends there, but was concerned about being away from home for so much of the week. There were a couple of sad chats we had- Sloane crying and me explaining that she would have more time to learn and be with her friends. Through her tears she told me that those things weren’t important and that we (her family) were the most important. I am stashing the memory for when she doesn’t want to be seen in public with me as a teen.
The first day of school was 8/31 and right after I came back from NH. We walked to school together and she was very brave walking to her classroom. This year her room is around the back of the school. We have to drop her off at the sidewalk and she walks down along the school, disappearing around the corner. The goodbye was hardest on Soren- he shed some tears after she left. They have been buddies this summer and it was going to be long days without her. There is a state wide mask mandate (which we are really grateful for!) and that makes it easy to see in her eyes how she is a little nervous.
Sloane’s teacher is Mrs. Demert and so far it has been great. There was a little incident of another 1st grader yelling at Sloane that she was not allowed to play because Sloane wanted to include the boys and girls. Things have settled and she has found a fun group to play with through the day. Though we worked a little over the summer, being back in school has dramatically increased her reading ability. The other day she started reading me facts about random birds from our bird book. She also made some math problems for herself over the summer and has been enjoying that work in school
Sloane had some homework the first night! There were questions to answer about herself. She wrote that her favorite places were Nini and Papa’s; and G and Pa’s. Sloane wanted to add Camp Echo Rock as her favorite, but thought that was too much to write down. Also, she wanted to write Burgerville burgers were her favorite food, but decided on pancakes because it was shorter. While working on the sheet, she put her pencil behind her ear and requested a photo because she looked like Pa.
Sloane learned a breathing posture to relax in school and taught it to Soren. It was quite an amusing for me especially because we were on the side of the road doing it. Sloane also helped me slice her roll up sandwich. Packing lunches 5 days a week is a new skill for us all. We have been working on Sloane’s hair-do to make sure her fringe doesn’t fall into her face. The up front pigtails has been a hit, plus Sloane can make the shadow that she calls her ‘alien’ pose.