We made it through the first week of school! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Of course Angel showed up in the wrong uniform and without any jumbo pencils (who would have thought those things would be so hard to find!!!) I imagined Angel screaming holding onto my leg not wanting to go. On Monday, the first day, when she was getting ready to leave the house she was excited, but when we got there that changed. She cried and said, “don’t leave me here” which broke my heart. I told her how much fun she would have and pointed out the other children who were not crying that could be her new friends. I walked her to her seat, wiped her tears away, assured her that she would love school and left. I must have stood outside the classroom for 10 minutes listening to her cries turn into chatter. Then I got in my car and cried myself.
Angel is 1 of 9 students in her class and the teacher uses binders that are sent home every night. Every day I remove her work, look to see how many smiley faces she got for the day and have to initial that I checked. The only time my parents had to initial anything of mine was when I had to write sentences for misbehaving. The teacher gives out smiley faces for following procedures, respecting others, obeying instructions, giving it all I’ve got and showing kindness. Monday she got 5 smiley faces. Tuesday she got 4 smiley faces and one straight face :/. Beside obeying instruction it read, wouldn’t stay in seat while I was teaching. Well she is my daughter and just like her mother, very social. After talking to Angel she assured me she would get smiley faces the rest of the week and I am happy to announce that she did!!!!! She was also the conductor for the day on Friday.
Angel is adjusting going to school well. She can recite her Bible verse of the day Genesis 1:1, part of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Pledge to the Christian flag. She looks forward to Friday when they have a little party and get to do show and tell. I am very glad I made the decision for her to go to school and am even happier that she enjoys it.
PS I did get the correct uniform and thanks to an old friend we got a pack of jumbo pencils!