The new school year here at Terrace Hill Academy has begun! We have a 2nd grader, a 1st grader, a 3 1/2 year old preschooler and a 2 year old preschooler.
We are still trying to settle into our new home (and if you think that sounds familiar, you are right. We moved this summer- for the third time in three years), but we have started school all the same. Because I like chaos. I thrive in it. Or survive in it, anyway.
I have some wonderfully crazy students who make my life interesting, bright, fun, and full of laughter and joy (and who bring frustration and tears too).
My second grader: 7 year old X-man. He loves math, thinking, legos, and video games and doesn’t really like to read (to himself… he does like stories read to him). I hope to change that last item this year.
My first grader: 6 year old Princess K. She loves handwriting and drawing and stories about little girls and their sisters who lived long ago. She also doesn’t love to read to herself and I hope to change that as well. And on the first day of first grade she lost her first tooth (so it may have technically been the 2nd day, but we hadn’t actually started school yet that morning and it sounds so much better to say that she lost it on the first day).
My almost-four-year-old preschooler: Z-urchin. He is full of life, exuberance, charm, determination, and mischief. I plan to continue to have preschool time where we snuggle up and read books or put together puzzles or play a game and continue to shepherd his heart toward the Lord and toward obedience.
My two-year-old preschooler: Shortstop. He is sweet and full of love. He loves being tickled and he loves to draw and he loves for mommy to read books to him. So I plan to read plenty of books with him and give him lots of paper (so that he doesn’t draw all over my floors, furniture, and walls again this year like he did last year).
On our first day of school, I wrote them letters in their little personal mailboxes (they received from their Auntie Lindsay one Valentine’s Day) and they loved them. We also decorated the cover of our binders, did a little notebooking, read a few great books, started the science curriculum I’ve been looking forward to starting for 8 years, and put together an alphabet train puzzle during preschool time.
So other than the thankfully brief episode of vomiting visited upon my 3 1/2 year old and the cold plaguing my 2 year old (that he passed onto me the next day- what a good sharer), it was a great first day of school.