It has surprised me (though I’m not sure why I didn’t consider this before) that this whole “school every day” business has left us struggling to adjust.
This past summer was something of a free-for-all as we let bed times slide (reaaaally slide) and slept in, taking mornings late and slow for the most part. And I had every intention of beginning to set a new routine with earlier bedtimes, but then Brenna’s surgery issues and hospitalization stole most of our August, and we were thrown into the school year.
Being up by 7, and out the door at 7:45, every single morning has been a little struggle for the kids now, especially one particular little night owl (not naming names) (rhymes with Jenna). A week into it, and we’re starting to see some meltdowns and erratic behavior due, I’m sure, to this new schedule and tiredness. It’s not particularly early, I know, and people do the every day thing all the time, but it’s new to us, and we’re still figuring it out as we attempt to move bedtime up a little earlier each night.
But schedule struggles aside, school has been such a welcome change this season. Brenna is still working on separating calmly from me at drop-off, but we’ll get there. And one of our favorite parts of the day is meeting Connor’s bus at the corner of our street.
Connor bounded in yesterday afternoon, and the first thing out of his mouth was: “I really LOVE school!”
He is telling me more abut his days now – various art projects, how far he ran in P.E., what he had for lunch, whose name he learned. He was proud to get to check a book out of the school library himself. He even found one of Brenna’s former classmates and friend (the one who proclaimed his love for Brenna ) to sit by on the bus, even though they aren’t even in the same Kindergarten class and had never met before.
And as for my youngest, every day I pick her up, her aide raves about what a good day she had and how much more independent she is compared to last year. Brenna is jumping in much more quickly this time around and has been reporting on who she played with and what she had for a snack (it’s usually all about the food with this one!) She recently came home with a stained purple face after a birthday celebration at school, which was a highlight of her week!
Enjoying school and learning is one of my greatest desires for my kids, and these early weeks of making new friends and learning have been a joy to see unfold.
As we move into fall (please, Fall Weather, come quickly), I know we need to strive to be more diligent about a better schedule and most of all, more sleep. Hopefully Labor Day weekend will be the ideal break to catch up on some rest, and we can look forward to so many exciting things coming up in this new season – the first of which is celebrating Connor’s 6th birthday next weekend!
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