All were happy at our house today!
Mom (me) was happy because there was FINALLY a schedule to follow, some structure for the day! Yippee for that. This summer was the worst for me in that aspect and I have been itching to get started again.
For Group Learning Time today we had a fun activity. I hid fairytale words around the room. Then we wrote a fairytale together. Each child would find a word and add to the story. They had a blast . . . I'm sure we'll be doing it again. We also started our family read aloud book, The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker.
JW (10yo son) was happy today because he started public school today (5th grade). I cried, of course, as he entered the classroom door and on the bike
ride home. But once coming home and having the other four to distract me, I was able to smile instead. :-) And he came home pretty pleased with the whole experience.
B. (9yo daughter) was happy because she caught a spider eating a bee!! I should have taken a picture (duh!). We put it in our bug magnifier. . . the best thing we have found by far for observing nature!! And she got to let Penny (her bunny) run free in the yard. We have been waiting all summer to find a bunny run for cheap. Finally, today I just said, "Let her run free." Both B. and Penny were elated!
A. (8yo daughter) maybe wasn't all that happy to do her spelling but we had a beautiful moment together reading books. So, that made up for the unpleasantness of everything else. And she got to make "after school cookies" for JW. :-)
I think JL (5) & E (3) were the most unsure of what to do with themselves. They've always had JW around to entertain and harrass them. Not anymore! I seriously think they spent half the day wrestling! Boys will be boys!
And Mom (me) was happy yet again to enjoy some pleasant afternoon time with JW again and to get all the juicy details about the last 6 1/2 hours of his day. :-) Though I've had normal nervousness with this big transition, I have not regretted nor felt any apprehension whatsoever. This will be a good change for him, my girls, and myself.
Oh, and Dad was happy because he got a BIG breakfast of eggs, sausage and pancakes. :-)