It’s been a month and I never posted Mila’s first day of kindergarten photos!
She was so excited. Even now, she is still so excited. She loves everything about school: her teacher, her friends, playing and learning and trying new things. I know the newness will wear off eventually, but I sure hope we can keep feeding that spark of curiosity and joy.
She wanted a Ninja Turtle backpack, so David (being the great dad and talented dude he is) designed and made her a turtle shell. It’s hilarious to me; she is just so stinking cute running up the sidewalk with her shell bouncing on her back.
I’ll be honest: part of me wishes I could home school her. At this point, though, the benefits sending her to our neighborhood school are vastly outweighing any good I could do at home. The teachers, administration, and staff have been wonderful. The curriculum is challenging her in good ways. There’s a lot of desk work, especially for such young kids, but her teacher works hard to give the class time to move around and explore and be little, which I appreciate so much. None of the kids from her preschool or church classes go to this school, so she’s learning to make friends with kids whose families and backgrounds are very different from ours. Already she has grown so much.
Our family is still adjusting to everything that comes with having a kid in school, but we are figuring it out. Before too long it will be second nature. Most importantly, though, my girl is thriving. I can hardly ask for more.
Do you have school-aged kids? How did they handle the transition into kindergarten? How did you handle it? (Also yes: Mila’s school has uniforms. I’ll be posting more about that when her first quarter wraps up.)