Thursday, September 5, 2013

First Day, New School!

Nui Nui started her new school yesterday. I forgot to take pics or film at dropoff. It was bustling, slightly overwhelming, and quick! Yes, quick. And easy! The playdates have definitely paid off.

We prepped Nui Nui yesterday, letting her know she'd be starting school the next day. [She knew anyway, as I dressed her in her school uniform :>] New school, new friends. In the past, I don't think I would have done that but I think she can handle it now. Her response? 'Sandbox!'

On our playdates, we weren't in Nui Nui's actual classroom but the one next to it, where her future classmates were. When I entered her new classroom, though, It.Was.Amazing. Seriously. Better than I could have imagined. There was this entire, low-to-the-floor playset, equipped with stairs, tunnel, slide, and all. Next to it was an awesome 360deg kitchenette (I think you might have to crawl under to get to it). I used to be slightly against the idea of the kitchenette as a toy but remember I had a Strawberry Shortcake one when I was a kid and realize it's fine and sparks imagiplay. Anyway, it was seriously amazing. I'll have to take pics or a video of it to show you its awesomeness. Nui Nui had her own cubby drawer and the windows allowed in more sunlight than the other classroom. All in all, I was very pleased.

I kissed her good-bye, she looked at me, I worried she realized I'd be leaving and would cry but didn't, and then I walked out. I hid behind the open classroom door to watch her reaction and see how she did. She was ok. They were gathering around for circle time. I saw she was still learning the ropes of what to do :>

When I went to pick her she was outside in the playground/sandbox area. I thought I'd get a little more enthusiasm when she saw me but this was her exact reaction.

No running, just a casual look of 'Hi Mom'.

She was pretty ok when I picked her up. I think the only thing I'd have to say is that she was super thirsty for milk. I don't know why this happens. She drank two full bottles last night. The same thing happened at her other school but after repeated 'Please offer her milk during and between meals', I think it got better. I'm thinking it's just the change of scenery, perhaps? And that she'll just have to relearn a new place and routine and eventually learn to drink more when the milk is offered?

Let me know in the comments below if this happens to your kid (or a kid you know).

As for a quick debrief from her teacher and the directora. Her teacher said she did great and that there were daily notes for her in a binder, which I ended up forgetting to check. [I'm seeking a routine myself! :>]. The directora told me she was in her office mid-day during nap-time. Apparently, she only slept 1 hour, 20 minutes and started to make a disturbance. O no, did she wake up the other kids?, I asked. She politely replied it was better she was in her office. On Instagram, I asked...

All-in-all, I'd say she/we had a great first day of school.

Speaking in sentences... :> Top half of her uniform... :>

Fuel for the night...

Jammin' to Taylor Swift...

Building strength...

Getting the abridged version with Grandma.

How has your end-of-summer/fall kick-off been? Share in the Comments below or Tweet/Instagram us, we'd love to hear! :> :> xoxo

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