4 More Weeks of 1st Grade

Ian's.Sentences0003It is amazing to me to think that there is only one more month of 1st grade.  This year has flown by! It has been a great one with many changes for Ian.  He has developed into an amazing student who I am really and truly proud of.

He has learned to work hard on his studies and do his homework.  He does well on his weekly spelling quizzes, enjoys math, and reads to us each night. I feel very blessed that our child enjoys learning and realize how rare that really is.

And, for the times that he doesn’t feel like doing his homework, which do happen, we remind him that he doesn’t have a choice.  It is his job to learn and do his best.  That usually works, or the threat of no computer time or toys being put away for a while.  We have to find what works, don’t we?!

Ian wrote the above sentences using spelling words, which are underlined.  I have to agree with his teacher who said they are great sentences.  I continue to be amazed at all he is learning and doing.  Some of the words are written phonetically since he doesn’t know how to spell all of them.

There is still much to do in the last month of school — a walk to raise money for our PTO and our programs, many Cub Scout activities as he finishes his Tiger cub year, a cookout at school, the holiday, receiving his yearbook, and finally the last day of school.

I have mixed emotions but am looking forward to summer and the next chapter and the next grade.  There will be many transitions of a new PTO board, new teachers, a new Cub Scout rank, new friends to be made, and much more.  As with anything in life, we will have some old and new and some good and bad.

I wonder how this next month will go?  I hope and pray that it will be a good one and that things will go well for us.  Hope it will for you too!

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!!

Throwback Thursday – School Days

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Thursday!  For today’s Throwback Thursday, I decided to share a photo of Ian’s first day of preschool.  Since school will be starting on Monday, I thought this was a good choice.

On Monday, he will start 1st grade.  He has grown quite a bit since this photo was taken.  My boy now is pretty tall for his age.

In this photo, he had his first backpack.  It was a Cars backpack.  He is on his third backpack for this upcoming school year.  It is Angry Birds and one that he picked.

It is hard to believe that he is about to embark on 1st grade.  He is excited and so am I.   Well, I am mostly happy, but having a hard time with Ian’s second full year of school.  He is still my baby after all.

I bought all of our school supplies a few days ago.  We will take them on the first day.  Very soon, we will soon find out who his teacher is.  Exciting times!

Now for trying to get his bedtime earlier.  That is the challenge for the rest of the week.  Ian has enjoyed staying up way past his school bedtime this summer.

Last night he went to bed earlier than the rest of the week, but was still tired this morning.  We have to continue to work on the adjustment.

For everyone with children going back to school this week and next and the coming weeks, my prayers are with you for a great school year and safety for your children.

I wonder what the rest of our last few days before school will bring?  I cannot wait to find out!