1st Grade Adventure

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIt is hard to believe that Ian just started 1st grade today!  It seems like he just got out for summer break. Now, here we are a few months later and it’s time for school to begin again.  The summer went by so fast.

He was so excited this morning for school to start.  I love that he loves going to school.  What a blessing that is!  In his class, there are a few of his friends from last year as well as several new students.

Ian was also excited about getting new tennis shoes and a new backpack.  This photo is one from this morning.  I thought the cropping would be fun and different.

I really hope that he enjoys this year as much as he did last year.  His teacher seems nice and she has a nice classroom.

A few quotes about school and education:

  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”  ~ John Dewey
  • “The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.” ~ Robert Maynard Hutchins
  • “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.  That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”  ~ Malcolm S. Forbes

To all of you with kids going back to school, hope you have a great first day and great school year.  To all of the teachers, principals, and school staffs, my hat is off to you and I thank you for all that you do!!

Preschool Begins

preschoolToday is a milestone in the Cates family.  This Wednesday, January 9, Ian started preschool!!

He was so excited this morning that he couldn’t eat all of his breakfast.

Last night before bed, we got his lunch box ready and his backpack and he picked his outfit.  I told him that on Wednesday morning, he had five jobs to do before school — eat your breakfast, take your vitamins, brush your teeth, go to the bathroom, and get dressed.

This morning he did all of those quite well and was ready to go!  Except for only eating half his breakfast.  At least they have a snack time!!

When we got to the school, a boy he’d met about 3 weeks ago saw him.  He said, “Oh hi Ian.”  His name is Malachi and he was clearly glad to see Ian!  That made me very happy.  I think that Ian has his first friend there!!!!  YEAH.

My husband and I both went this morning and got pictures of Ian outside the school.  I will try to post some of those later.

“Mommy, for school, I need paper, pencil, and an eraser,” he told me last night.  I told him yes we can take all of those items.  So, we put them in his backpack.

Once we arrived at the school this moring, Ian said to me, “Mommy, why don’t you stay for a little while.”  I said, “no Ian, I need to go.”  So we left without a big goodbye.  Kirk and I thought that would be easier for Ian.  I was proud of him that despite being a little bit nervous, he was paying attention to the teacher and the other kids.

Thank goodness for his teachers, Trish and Lisa, who keep everyone busy in the morning as they are dropped off and throughout the day.  They are great ladies who will teach him a lot!

Really and truly, this morning I wanted to stay with my baby.  But he is 5 years old and it is time for school.  I do have to say, I cried a bit after dropping him off.  This is the beginning of a new era for Ian and our family.

His classroom is really nice and there are many things for the children to do.  The teacher told me the boys are very glad to have another boy.  There are more girls in this particular room.

Just before lunchtime, we will go and pick him up and hear about his day.  I think we’ll have a celebratory lunch today.  Hopefully by then, I will stop crying.  They are tears of happiness, but still tears since my boy has grown up so much today.

I know that all of you who have taken your child to school for the first day can totally relate.  I’d love to hear from you on your experiences.  I also would love to hear that it gets easier!

Lord, please bless my sweet Ian who is ready for school and ready and eager to learn!  AMEN!!!!!!