Tuesday, July 27, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

Yesterday we started kindergarten. What a wonderfully tiring day! It couldn't have been any better. We started off the morning by opening a gift in bed. Tell me, please, what child does not like to open presents? Especially first thing in the morning???

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And what was the new gift? "Ahhhhhh....A Dress!!!" she said as she fell back onto the bed.

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(She even got new hair bobbles which received their own shouts of joy when it came time to put them in her hair. I don't think she knew what they were when she opened them.)

The first day of school started off with a cooking lesson. How to Make the World's BEST Breakfast! (It went over well and I am sure she learned much.)

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I will break down the process in case you feel the need to instruct your own children in the art of making the World's BEST Breakfast.

STEP 1 - Pour a bit of chocolate syrup in the bottom of a sundae cup (or bowl if you don't have a sundae cup available)

STEP 2 - Add two scoops of your favorite ice cream

Step 3 - Add your favorite toppings. Ours look something like this...chocolate syrup, sprinkles and a maraschino cherry.

Step 4 - Photograph the grins on your childrens faces as they realize you were indeed serious when you stated that they were to eat ice cream for breakfast. (NOTE: Ice cream for breakfast one day a year will not harm your child in any way. It might actually be good for them.)

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After we cleaned up breakfast and finished our chores for the day, school began promptly at 9:06. I just need to put this out there for the second year in a row. I LOVE HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS!!! (all caps because I was shouting it at you.) I really do love this curriculum. Absolutely the BEST! And quite literally...without tears.

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I moved our schoolroom downstairs this year to make it a little more secluded from the main area of the house and because I actually have bookshelves down there. I like the set up.

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The easel next to the desk really helps with the instruction portion of things. I can show her how to form her letters and such so she can see me while she is writing. Perfect.

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After school ended for the day, we opened our main gift. Sea Monkeys.

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These are, indeed, a real creature somewhat related to a Brine Shrimp. We get to watch them hatch and grow over the next 1-2 years. (If we manage to keep them alive that long. We shall see.) After school we drove to base for lunch with Daddy.

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After lunch we headed to the pond to feed the ducks.

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We ended our school day by visiting the library for a field trip where Chloe received her first library card with her own name on the front and a backpack to carry her books in when we visit the library. She was very pleased with this backpack and I think it was her favorite part of the day. We learned how to look up books on the catalog at the library. It's pretty neat because they have a children catalog with pictures next to each subject category. We will need to practice this a few times.

All in all, it was an excellent first day of school which ended with a fantastic pencil cake after Chloe and Daddy returned home from a hike in the park (during which I decorated the cake).

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3 comments:

LadySnow said...

Looks like a great day!

Suzanne said...

I love that pencil and what a breakfast! Memorable first day:-)

Anna said...

Thank you Suzanne. We are having a wonderful time with kindergarten. I may have to make a special cake for the first day of school every year now. I had so much fun making that one.