Ella can add another “first” to her ever-growing list. Her first day of preschool was Thursday!!! We had been praying she might be able to get in on the wait list and get a spot towards the end of the year. Such an answered prayer when we found out on Tuesday she could start this week!
Initially we had hoped she and Wyatt could be in the same class but as the year went on we realized they might do better a part. SO, she is starting in the 4.5 year old class (right on target!). We’re interested to see how she does with others her age.
Ella was so giddy when she found out she could start school. We stopped that morning to see her new class, and meet the teacher. (Her new class is next door to Will’s old class….familiarity helps). We dropped Wyatt off and headed out on our usual errands, but Ella quickly dubbed it our last “Ella Mommy day” so we decided to make it a special day. We picked out fabric for her new nap mat. Talked about her clothes and what her school shirt will look like. Then we went to our favorite lunch spot.
By Wednesday she took giddy to a new level. We were ALL ready for Thursday to get here!
Three lunch boxes and back packs to pack!
We set up Ella for success. Tried out the rest mat. Explored her lunch box. Made matching Mommy/Ella necklaces for us to wear so we’re never far apart from each other. Packed a picture for her family in her backpack. And read first day of school books and watched TV shows. She knew exactly what to expect. And COULD NOT WAIT!!
Thursday she was up at 5am, and as a courtesy , got Wyatt up for me too. <ahem> We got everyone back to bed, and got up for real at 7. Ella ate, dressed, brushed her teeth, put her shoes on in record time and sat and waited. All the while, Wyatt lounged in his PJs, dreading school.
Thursday morning I heard no less than 30 times “Don’t forget to take your baby cakes’s picture. You always take your babies pictures on the first day.” She also reminded me that I needed to make her a sign “in a red frame like my boys”. We got the required pictures out of the way and headed to school.
She begged to be dropped off first. Wyatt was happy to let her. She bust into the room asking “where’s my cubby?”. We found her spot, and put her bags away. The teacher had heard she loved ducks and had a special duck game out for her! Sister was loving everything. She all but shoved me out the door with a kiss and hug. So away we went to Wyatt’s class. Sadly, Wyatt was not as eager for me to leave (he thought he was now getting special Mommy/Wyatt time….).
I think Wyatt was more worried for Ella than she was worried for herself.
I heard from Wyatt’s teacher that Ella was doing good and playing on the playground with some girls. When I went to pick her up I got the rest of the playground story. A little girl offered to be her friend on the playground. Ella said “okay, as long as we play with the boys too”. All the teachers got a kick out of the story.
Mrs Monica reported that she had a great day and had acted like she had been in there all year. She felt very comfortable because she did insist that her chair have her name written on it, just like all the other kids.
Two kids, all smiles after a good day at school.
Ella excitedly told me all about her day. And every.single.thing she did. She was so excited and had a blast. She did ask why it took me so long to come back, but we discussed all the things she covered and she was okay with that.
She did come home with homework. She couldn’t be more excited about it! I hope she enjoys the rest of the school year as much as she enjoyed today!