This is a Big year for Ellie. You see, ever since I found out I was having an August baby, (almost six years ago) I knew I would hold her back so she would be the oldest in her class. Being a former teacher, I have seen the advantages of being the oldest. And I see it first hand with Gavin. Not to mention G and E are almost 2 years apart in age, G just happens to be the oldest of his class. And if I hold her, Gavin, Ellie, and Hadley will all be two years apart in school. But I never knew or anticipated how hard that decision would really be. She is SO BEYOND READY!!! Yet so tiny. Should we do transition, Pre-k twice, or Kinder twice? We prayed, we debated, and we went back and forth for months and we are feeling really happy with our decision. She will do Private Kindergarten this year at the Christian school we have been at and and love and then public next year. I don't want her to feel like she is being held back, and hopefully with a new school for Kindergarten the following year, she won't feel that way. In every way but her birthday she is READY.
She LOVE, LOVE, LOVES her teachers. They had sent her a letter this summer with their picture and she has it in a frame in her room and shows everyone who comes over. She is counting down the days for school to start and is very eager to have homework and to learn. She has done so well this summer with reading and I think she will really take off this year.
After tonight there is no doubt in my mind we DID make the right decision. This girl is READY!!!! READY!!! READY!!! And so VERY excited!
And Hadley, Oh Hadley. God Bless her sweet teachers. I hope that her new teachers will enjoy her personality as much as her teachers did last year. She was excited to have her friend Izzy in her class although she refused to let me take a picture of them. This was the best we could do:
But when the teacher asked her if she could take her picture she sure gave them a big grin for the camera...not once, but twice. Frank and I recognized a lot of the parents in her room so it will be fun to get to know them better and I know she will make a lot of new friends. But I am a little nervous for the first few days as she is very, "Mommy, Mommy" right now. We haven't really left her anywhere over the summer so she is starting to be very attached again. But she will adjust. And who knows, she may surprise me. Here she is with her new teachers:
I am hoping and praying that they have LOTS, and LOTS of energy- Because they will need it!!!
School starts next week, and we are all very excited!!