First Day

by Stefani on 6-September-2007

Firstday

The first day of one day a week school was:

Mama staying up until 1 AM to finish labling things and making new pencil bags, because boys need handmade Mama love at school, even if it is only one day a week.

I made the mistake of letting them pick out their own fabric – skulls, bats and flames. Nothing like references to hell for elementary kiddos, huh?

I’d show you a picture, but it was dark when I finished, and they haven’t left my kids hands since the crack of dawn.

Maybe later.

Anyhow, the rest of the day went like this –

Tears from a reluctant kindergartner.
The 2 year old wanting his lunch packed too.
A know-it-all first grader telling his nervous brother, “it’s NO BIG DEAL, jeesh!”
Frantic lunch box filling, check writing, supply list re-checking, clock-watching, “For the love of ducks GET DRESSED!”-ing, and wondering how on earth people do this everyday.
Obligatory pictures in the front yard.
An incredibly perky kindergarten teacher.
A brave face, with “please don’t leave me here” eyes that betrayed him.
A very quiet car after the drop off.
Ryder saying, a million times, “It’s just you and me Mama!”
A romp in the toy store with only two hands grabbing.
A Whole Foods Cafe date with my youngest fella. Mmmm Cranberry Orange Scones and Izze!
The fabric store, with only one boy in the basket, none circling round it.
A quiet lunch, and then “Can we go get the brothers NOW?” a million times.
It seemed like forever to me too.
An unbearably long carpool line. Next time I’m bringing the crochet. (Thanks for the idea, Erin)
A happy, smiling kindergartner (thank goodness), covered in paint.
A far less perky looking teacher after a long day. Bless her.
Stories hurdled at me all at once, all the way home.

Their assessment of the day:

What was your favorite part Luke? “I liked it all, but the best part was coming home.” (Give that boy a cookie!)

What about you James? “I think all of it was the best, but do you know that at school you have to wear shoes ALL DAY? My feet were so hot and sweaty!” 🙂

Well, there’s a side effect of homeschooling that I hadn’t banked on, an inability to handle footwear for long periods.

Ryder are you glad to have your brothers home? “Poop!”

This was met with peals of laughter from his brothers and a grin from him that told me “Yes, yes indeed, it is good to have an appreciative audience back!”

We’re sleeping in tomorrow.

Grace September 6, 2007 at 8:22 pm

oh man, I’m in stitches about this one! so, so great. love it.

miguette September 6, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Sounds like a great first day!

I’m all for the idea of school slippers…not shoes. Or how ’bout some good old bare feet?

Sarah Jackson September 6, 2007 at 9:49 pm

Sounds like a very successful first day! Good job Mama! Have a restful day of home learning tomorrow.

dana September 7, 2007 at 2:49 am

You captured it! I feel it like I was there. I got misty eyed. My youngest started kindergarten last week. Tough stuff!

Sarah September 7, 2007 at 5:14 am

Ha, sleeping in to Jack is sleeping until 5 am. LOL

So the boys go to the public school one day a week? I think I am confused. LOL

Stefani September 7, 2007 at 6:29 am

Sarah – No, it’s not public school. Sorry not to clarify that. There are several schools here in Austin made just for homeschooler kids go one or two days a week to take enrichment courses like Spanish, Music, Art, Theater, etc. Plus it’s a fun chance for them to do all the cool school stuff like class pictures, holiday parties, group games, carrying a lunch, shopping for school supplies, making buddies, etc.

mountain mama September 7, 2007 at 6:31 am

You had me laughing with this post!! You all deserve a sleep-in! Yes, we are a barefoot family too and when we head out, it’s sandals for all of us. I don’t think Youngest has ever worn sneakers of any kind since she was born!

You home school, but the kids go to school for one day? Is that a requirement where you are, or did you make arrangements with the school?

kirsten September 7, 2007 at 6:52 am

Stefani – that sounds like a lot of fun. my niece goes to a school 2x/week kind of like that – but they pick all the curriculum and make all the assignments for the rest of the week. is yours like that or just the ‘extras’? that sounds amazing, if so.

Amy September 7, 2007 at 7:08 am

Loved the story. No idea how people do that everyday. I have a hard time wearing shoes very long too and I went to school and work for years. Flip flops!

beki September 7, 2007 at 7:35 am

Boy, what an adventure! I hope you enjoyed your sleep in this morning 😉

molly September 7, 2007 at 7:58 am

Ah, mixed feelings indeed. I will be in the same boat Tuesday. Will Aidan be all right on the playground? Does he know to eat lunch at lunchtime and not whenever he feels like it? The shoes bit is very funny. And I have no idea how people do it everyday.

leslie September 7, 2007 at 9:52 pm

i think this is cool, best of both worlds i would say! my lizzie cant wait to start preschool next week, fun but sad to see them grow up too! 🙂

kristin September 8, 2007 at 6:36 pm

oh, my heart wrenches a bit…such big stuff…but they made it and you made it and home is a soft place for them to fall…

erin September 9, 2007 at 7:09 am

oh, it is all too cute…especially ryder saying poop. give it to a two year old to tell it like it is!

Heather September 9, 2007 at 5:30 pm

I laughed when I read this… I did the same thing. I had to finish embroidering her “special” cloth napkin from mommy. It’s no work of art but she loves it and it makes me feel soooo good. The other day she told her teacher that I make ALL her dresses although I’ve only made 4. My heart swelled 10 times when the teacher told me. It’s the little things that make ya glow.

estea September 10, 2007 at 12:38 pm

“wondering how on earth people do this everyday”

dude, seriously. I think it must become such a routine that it’s no big deal. that one co-op day is CRAZY here (we always forget something)

nancy September 12, 2007 at 12:22 pm

Hi there! I came across your blog from Eva’s blog “For the Joy of It”. Love the comment about the shoes!

Molly September 16, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Congratulations on the first day! It’s always exhausting for just about everyone involved. 🙂

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