Well, it’s Friday and we have officially survived our first week of school! The boys did great and I didn’t cry so that was great too! Getting back into a school routine has been easier in may ways than I had anticipated it to be, but harder in other areas.
As I mentioned in my Meet The Teachers post last week KC started in Begindergarten this year. He is in a new school that is much larger than the one where he went for Preschool. Heith took the first day of school off from work and we all went to KC’s school as a family. We found his locker and got him settled in at his desk. Several of the kids in his class were sitting quietly and some of them even clinging to their moms. My son…well my son walked into the room and announced, “Hi! My name is KC and this is my new backpack. Who want’s to be my friend?” He has never had a shy bone in his body which I am usually grateful for, especially on days like these.
The rest of the school week continued to move forward rather smoothly. On the second day of school KC came home and told me he could speak Spanish now. He asked me if I wanted to hear it and I said sure. He then went on to make babbling sounds and then very proudly said, “See I told you I could do it!”. Even though we live in a small town where we live is full of cultural experience. More than half of our town is made up of immigrants from Mexico rather they are seasonal workers, or those who have moved her permanently they are our neighbors, friends and Sunday school teachers. It is a requirement that our school teachers be bilingual and everywhere you look our signs are in Spanish and English. It has truly given our city a unique culture of it’s own.
By the third day he had a girlfriend, he introduced me to E and said she was very special to him. When the little girl was out of earshot I tried to encourage him to just be friends with girls and not have girlfriends. I really don’t understand why parents think it’s cute when their young children boyfriends/girlfriends and try to model adult behavior or terminology. It’s our job as parents to keep our kids innocent for as long as possible. Okay, I’ll step off that soap box for now.
Today KC couldn’t wait to get to school and joined the other kids on the playground before the bell dinged to line up for class. As we waited to enter the building little E gave him an invitation to her upcoming birthday party. This is his first invitation to such an event and he was very excited. Before allowing the kids to enter the building the Principal announced that parents had to say good-by at the door now and allow our children to be “leaders and take the next steps in their education” on their own. As he walked into school I noticed he was holding the hand of his new best friend Miguel a little boy who speaks minimal English and has only recently moved to our country with his parents.
AJ also had a very exciting school week. He is in the ECSE (Early Childhood Special Education) class which focuses on children with speech delays like he has. On the first day of school we took AJ to class as a family he had no problems separating from us as he went into the classroom and began to play with the other kids. He never even looked back.
Surprisingly I was okay with it, there was no heart retching feeling as I was separated from my youngest baby who was now off on his first day of school. I never though that I would be sending a child off to school so young, but getting AJ the help that he needs now is so important. KC on the other hand was very concerned that we were leaving his brother behind and even became a little dramatic saying, “Now I will never have a brother again!” It took a little convincing that AJ was going to be alright and he would in fact still have a brother.
On the second day of school AJ couldn’t wait to get back to his little friends and his classroom. He put his little backpack in the locker on his own, he wouldn’t let me help him in anyway. Then sat on the waiting chair for his teacher to tell them it was time to walk down to their class. When the little boy next to him began crying and clinging to his mom AJ patted the little boys knee in an attempt to console him. That was a proud mom moment for me, knowing that my little boy could show empathy for one of his new little classmates.
Yesterday was his third and final day of AJ’s last week of school. As soon as we walked into the building and through the office he took off on a run finding his locker he tossed his backpack in his locker and head for the stimulation room. It is a large room filled with all kinds of great indoor toys including a ball pit, a compression tunnel, gym mats for tumbling and little trampolines. I could see immediately why AJ was in a hurry to get there!
Over all it has been a great first week of school for the boys. We have had some early mornings and cranky evenings leading to an early bedtimes. One night this week AJ fell asleep at the dinner table and didn’t wake up until the next morning. That tired little boy slept for 13 and a half hours!
How has your family been fairing this first week of school?
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