Each of our boys had a different first day back to school again this year. Chris started before Labor Day, and I failed to get a first-day photo of him (whoops!). Nicholas went to meet with his kindergarten teacher on Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Kieran tagged along.
That evening we all went to Spaghetti Factory to celebrate Nicholas' SIXTH birthday! I can't believe my baby just turned six and started kindergarten!!
The gifts were heavy on the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter themes! :) For his gift from Grandma and Grandpa, my dad is going to take him to see "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on IMAX--that should be an experience!
|Family of the birthday boy!|
|Birthday ice cream|
|Obligatory first-day shot|
|In front of his new class |
(fourth and fifth grades are in the portables)
|Stability balls in place of chairs|
(the kids are very excited about this privilege!)
|Nick's first-day shot|
|Back with his buddies|
When his teacher came out with him after his assessment, she told us that Nicholas said he loves to read, write books, and put on plays, and he can count to 16 backwards (we didn't know this!). Then he piped up, "And I'm addicted to video games," to Mike's horror! We remembered that at Chris' kindergarten assessment, he announced, "I'm going to be the best in the class at everything!" I found it fascinating to note that Mike was far more embarrassed about the videogame comment than the boastful one. Not me!
Nicholas is really, really academically ready for kindergarten, being born after the cutoff and six years old, but his youngest-child position seems to make him less socially mature than either of his brothers when starting kindergarten...he also is less eager to embrace change or new situations...so he was very nervous about starting in a new school, even though he's very familiar with the school (where Mike and I will spend 16 years of our life!!).
|In front of school with the principal|
|Daddy said something silly, so he smiled!|
|With my little baby, a kindergartener (and six-year-old)!!!|
|Here's his happy dance, which looks a little bit painful!|
The good news is that, even though Nicholas was complaining on the way to school that he did NOT want to go to school, now he can't get enough of it!
On the first day, he had five recesses (excellent strategy by his teacher!!), learned all about the brain, learned at least two songs, listened to a story, made a handprint in paint, played Scooby Doo at recess, made new friends, got a sliver removed by his "sliver expert" teacher, learned yoga, and was taught PE by "a girl" (the silver-haired PE teacher!).
|Getting off the school bus|
Upon emerging from the school bus (yes, we send our tiny kindergarteners on the school bus!!), he gave kindergarten a "thumbs up."
Then he lamented, both last night and this morning, that he can't go to kindergarten every day. That, I would say, is a huge success!! I am so thrilled that he loves it!