Well, okay -- maybe s-o-m-e women have gone here before, but not Joelle's dear ol' Mom. I'm talking about going to Grade 1.
Yup, you read that right. I was never a Grade 1 student. Well, I suppose for 2 months I was a 1/2 time Grade 1 student. See, when I was in kindergarten, I was reading at a Grade 5 level -- and it was decided that I would go straight to Grade 2 after completing Kindergarten. But in order to get me a bit more adjusted, for the last 2 months of school when I was finished my morning kindergarten class, I went to a Grade 1 class for the afternoons.
But I really have no memories of those 2 months, although I have a lot of memories of Kindergarten. So while we were getting Joelle ready to head off to Grade 1 -- well, it was all a little too new for me! My little girl is doing something that I have never done!!
I have been very proud of my almost six-year-old this week as she has taken on this new adventure with gusto! She has never expressed a nervousness about this big step (although she was very shy at meet-the-teacher, but that's only because Les and I were in the room with her...she's much better when we're not hovering around) and has been ready for this for most of the summer already.
She definitely needs to adjust to the new schedule though, as when she comes home from spending all day at school, she is completely exhausted. Like, I mean w-i-p-e-d. In fact, yesterday -- her second day -- she came off the bus telling me that she could hardly keep her eyes open on the ride home (and it's only about a 2 minute bus ride!). I can see the exhaustion in her eyes the second I greet her at the end of the day, and that exhaustion doesn't go away all evening. I'm sure hoping she will adjust sooner rather than later, as evenings have proved to be quite a challenging time for me with a cranky, over-tired little girl.
But at least she is loving school (just like her mama always did!), and she really likes her teacher. She has a few of her best friends from pre-school and kindergarten in her class and she is already playing with 'big kids' at recess...grade 3'ers!!! I love how social she is and that she seems to make friends very easily. My hope for her is that she will always be well-liked, but that she will also make sure she reaches out to those who may have a harder time making friends.