Day 1 of 2nd Grade

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday, Ian started 2nd grade.  I cannot believe it was his first day of a new school year.  He was excited and ready to go.  Of that I am very thankful.

He has a man for his home room / primary teacher this year.  I too had a male teacher in 2nd grade.  He was one of my all-time favorites!  I have a feeling that Ian will like his teacher as much as I liked mine.

Here is my sweet boy from this morning.  He is looking so grown up now and is ready for school to begin.

Thankfully, a few of his friends are in his class again.  In fact, he and two other kids have been in the same classes for all three years.  Also, there are several new kids who he will also get to know.

I think it will be a great year for us and we are excited.  I am serving again as our PTO secretary.  We have several new people who I look forward to working with.  We hope to have a great and busy year with that as well.

This morning we walked together to school and discussed the day.  Then after school, we walked back home.  This afternoon was quite a bit warmer but not too bad.  We had time to chat about his day.

Today, I am thankful for:

  • A wonderful school that Ian loves
  • A short first day
  • Great teachers
  • A wonderful Principal, Vice Principal, and office staff
  • Being able to walk to and from school
  • A boy who loves to learn
  • Friends who we got to see again
  • A quick but fabulous summer
  • Treats after school
  • Listening to a boy explain today’s science fun

I wonder how the rest of our first week will be?  I hope and pray that it will be a good one.  Hope your first day is good as well.

One Week Until School Starts

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What The? Just one week left of summer? How is that possible? Where did the time go?   How did it get here so fast?  So I have to buy school supplies to buy this week?  No more late nights during the week and sleeping in?

It seems we just started our summer and now it is nearly over.  My time flies when you are having fun!  And we had a lot of fun and a great summer.  Hope your summer has been great as well.

It is hard to believe that one week from today, Ian will start 2nd grade.  He is starting his fourth year of school and that is amazing to me.  He loved preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade.  And, now for 2nd grade.

I wonder who his teacher will be?  We should find that out in a day or two.  I wonder what friends will be in his class?  I hope several that he has known and he can always make more.

We love school so the transition will be good.  I just always want more summer and more time to enjoy one another without our normal commitments and schedules.

We have had a great summer and have done so many fun things.  We have made memories, spent time with many loved ones, and have so enjoyed a relaxing schedule.

This photo was taken in the mountains in California.  Here are Ian and I in the meadow on our amazing visit. That was a great day and one of our many fond memories.

This week we will purchase his school supplies, get back on our school schedule, and get our minds back on school. Still we will enjoy the last few days of summer with games, swimming, and plenty of other activities.

Some of our summer highlights were:

  • Monopoly games that took days to finish
  • Treats from the ice cream truck
  • Flying on a jet plane
  • Singing around the piano with my family and friends as my aunt played for us
  • Swimming with my brother, sister, and our families
  • Holding hands with more than 20 family members before a shared meal
  • Having Ian play with his cousins and friends
  • Completing some great books
  • Pizza at a favorite place in town
  • Going to a minor league baseball game
  • Seeing our skating-in-slow-motion friend and skateboarding dog at the beach
  • Laughs and memories with many loved ones
  • Celebrating the life of a friend who passed away last summer
  • Having Ian finish reading “Charlotte’s Web” and then build a Lego set of the characters in the story
  • Celebrating my parent’s 50th anniversary in two different cities
  • Celebrating my hubby’s birthday and several other loved ones as well
  • Taking time each day to enjoy each other’s company and truly listen to one another
  • Having Ian complete nine books in our library’s summer reading program

I wonder if I can savor this last week of the summer of 2015?  I plan to do just that and enjoy all of the memories that we made.

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!!

Kindergarten Begins!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis morning, Ian started his first day of kindergarten.

Here he is waiting in the line in the gym.  The school does this each morning.  All the kids gather there and then teachers walk the kids to their classrooms.

We walked to the school this morning and that is why he wore his sweatshirt.  This morning was less humid than normal and cool so he needed something to keep him warm.

It’s nice to live close enough to his school to be able to walk!

My mom, who was a kindergarten teacher for many years, said the first day is always hardest on the parents.  I know that is true.  I wasn’t the only mother wiping tears away as the kids left with a teacher.

His school understands that.  The principal announced that after we drop off the kids on Friday (the first full day), there is a reception for the parents.  It is called Coffee and Kleenex!  Isn’t that great?

I walked back by myself from the school — enjoying the sun, hearing the birds, and fighting back my tears of joy that he is starting a great school and sadness that my baby is all grown up.  Well, at least enough to in be school full-time.

I have to remember that he is exactly where he needs to be and that is comfort for me.  Besides he is extremely excited so how can I not be?

The house is so quiet without him here.  I will have to turn on some good music and focus on some other great things.  Can’t wait to hear all about his day!

Yeah Ian!  Mommy and Daddy are proud of you.  KINDERGARTEN ROCKS!!

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!!!!!!