Thursday, August 16, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten!

We have been off enjoying some last minute vacation time before school started.  Took a trip to Disney (thank goodness we live close because I can't handle more than two days at a time!) and then headed up to Apalachicola to visit my parents.  Pictures soon! 

But yesterday....oh yesterday was...
Lallie's first day of Kindergarten!  

Oh my stars, where has the time gone!  Husband and I both took her to class.  We are allowed to walk her in the first day only, after that we have to deal with car line (a whole other beast!)  

Here's a picture of Daddy walking our sweet, sweet baby girl to class.  She looks so tiny and the backpack looks so big!  I didn't cry.  I welled up quite a bit, especially when we saw our friends taking their kids, but I never cried (for Lallie's sake, you know).  Lallie cried a bit when we left but we were told by friends that she stopped immediately and went right to work!  Yay!

Lallie LOVES her teacher and happens to be in the same class as her best friend!  In fact, they are sitting right next to each other for the first few weeks.  We wonder how that will work out, we'll see!  They are both great students, so we're honestly not too worried about this.  

Lallie tells me she didn't even play with A yesterday, so that means she's making other friends.  She also said she played by herself on the playground.  That worried Daddy a bit, but not me.  Some days she plays by herself and some days with the other kids.  It's always been that way and I love that she has the confidence and independence to play by herself and not be anxious about it.  

When she got home, we were told all about her Science class.  Every day they have a related arts class (C.A.M.P.S. - Computer, Art, Music, PE and Science).  She told us all about the tortoises, turtles, baby scorpions and even about the Bearded Lizard that has a black chin when he's mad.  "But today he had a white chin, which means he was happy but if you touch his bootie, he gets mad."  We found out that the bootie is apparently the glass on the aquarium?  We're not sure about this....but that is what she said!  Haha!

Here's another interesting thing.  They sit on balls in her class!  Yes, exercise type balls with feet on them.  The teachers at Lallie's school have done lots of research and apparently, they keep the kids from slouching and keeps them alert from their sitting upright.  They are allowed to move around and make tiny bounces as long as both feet are on the floor and tummies are to the table.  If they act up, they get their ball taken away from them. According to the teacher, they get the ball taken away once and it never happens again.  It's also great exercise for the core (trust me, I sat on one during a 30 minute orientation and my sides are SORE!  Haha!)  The kids don't sit for longer than 20 minutes at a time, so it's not a long-term issue.  Lallie could barely sit on her ball with her feet to the floor, she's so short.  They  might have to let some air out of hers!

Lallie is also in Extended Day school and apparently had a blast yesterday and fit right in with the other kids.  She was a super happy kid last night, in a great mood.  


We have a completely new schedule now and we are certainly still adjusting!  Lallie and I have both been extremely tired (maybe we should have practiced the wake-up calls???)  I'm sure we'll adjust in the next couple of weeks but 6 am is EARLY!!
Car line was breeze this morning, much faster than I though it would happen.
Lallie is LOVING the lunch line and actually eating it!  She said she didn't have enough time to finish yesterday so she "...has to work on her time to eat so I can finish before the bell rings."  I'm LOVING this....she is such a slow eater so her actually acknowledging the time is HUGE for us.  We also went through the lunch menu together to decide what days she would eat at school and what days she'd take her lunch.  She decided to eat at school a majority of the time.
The biggest thing about this new schedule is I'm at work much earlier, which means I leave earlier.  With Lallie's new and longer days, I don't want her to get too tired out, especially if she has homework and we'd like to have a little time with her at night before bedtime, without rushing.  Her young "glory" days are soon to be over and we want to spend as much time with her as possible.  It only speeds up from here after all!

So, that's all for today.  I'll share pictures from our trips tomorrow!  

Happy First Day of School Y'all!


  1. We've switched places with the getting up early thing :-)

    Her school sounds realyl cool. I wish I could sit on a ball!

  2. So glad she is liking school! She's such a sociable and smart little thing she'll take right off with it! We can't wait to hear about all her school stories!

  3. Love your lilly in that first pictures. I wish we had ball chairs in college I would be so much more intrigued with the classes. just kidding! Have a happy Thursday and be sure to check out my giveaway ending tonight!.

  4. I CANNOT believe she's in kindergarten!! Glad you made it through the day! Cheers to you!!

  5. Yaaaaay, for no tears Mom! Lillie looks like one happy kinder kiddo! I too am having trouble with back to school 5 a.m. Ouch! When did 7:00 become sleeping in for me? Yikes! Enjoy the year, it is simply the best!

    Love and Hugs,
    Mrs. Kindergarten...aka....Madame Spoiled

  6. I am glad the first day went to so well. That bookbag is almost as big as she is. I sometimes wish we could have the ball chairs at work.

  7. Oh, I don't know how you made it without crying in front of her! You did good! Next year I will have my oldest start kindergarten and my youngest start VPK. I cry just thinking about that first day. I guess I should get it out now so I don't cry in front of them!