First day of school. Thunder storm woke me at 5:30 a.m. Ugh. As if early mornings weren’t already their own kind of challenge.
I was clearly more anxious than either of my returning students. Transition to second grade went very smoothly. She lost interest quickly when we discussed the newsletter that came home and what her teacher’s expectations for homework are. Me? I was somewhat aghast when I read: “Please do not feel responsible for checking the homework or making sure it is completed and returned. These are the lessons that we are hoping to accomplish through this procedure. Your child is responsible for completing the homework, having you initial the assignment book, and bringing the trapper keeper with all necessary work to school the next day.” Aghast, but in a good way. There will be some growing pains with this increased responsibility. She doesn’t like to pick up after herself, keep track of her things. She’s the baby, after all. But it is time. I am delighted and can’t wait to see how this division of responsibility with homework shakes out.
My anxiety at watching my sixth grader walk down the sidewalk from home toward to the school across the street surprised me. She took off eager, with a skip in her step. I could not leave the front porch until I’d seen her cross the street onto the school grounds. She came home with a smile on her face as big as the one she had when she left. She chatted about friends in the classes that she attended today. The first few days are getting to know you days. Tomorrow they have a fun, team-building field trip with wall climbing, high ropes course, canoeing in the pool and swimming. After dinner, she packed her lunch and field trip bag with only a few grumbles. She didn’t seem particularly intimidated by either the changing of classrooms, managing her hall and gym lockers, or the number of quizzes and such outlined in the newsletter that came home. Academics will be a step up, but I trust that her self-confidence and the support from her team at school will bring her through it. We will take the challenges one day at a time.
I am grateful for a good start to a big change school year.