Last night we took the kids to Open House night at their Elementary school. From 4-6 you could come in, see the classrooms, and meet the teachers. We first went by Caleb's classroom, which is the same one Brooke was in last year. That made me feel a whole lot better, I already know what I am getting into. I am not a person who is big on change! It's nice for things to be familar to me. As soon as we went in, his teacher, Mrs. Jeffries, said "Hi ____ Family!" She said our last name, but I put a blank there to protect our privacy.. you never know these days online! Anyway, Caleb looked around the room and saw where he would be sitting. He liked that he saw his name on several places in the room, including in a red balloon on the wall for the August Birthday months. He even started looking through the pile of "beginner reading" books and asked the teacher if she "had any boy books in there?!" Haha. I think he is going to do fine in Kindergarten since he was in all-day Preschool last year and sort of already knows what to expect. But he did tell me he was nervous about going in the car-rider line in the mornings, and having to walk by himself. The kids walk up the hill, and older kids take them into the gym until the bell rings, and then the teachers come and pick the kids in their class up. Personally Arnold and I LOVE that we can use the car-rider line this year though, it makes drop-off in the early morning SO much easier. You don't even have to get our of your pajamas if you don't want to! I might scare a few people if I did that though... could you imagine... me going through the line with no makeup, bed-head, and my pj pants?! Haha.
After going by Caleb's class, we went to Brooke's class to meet her teacher. I had never met her before at all, so it was all new to us. I had seen her picture in last year's yearbook, and that's about it. We talked for a few minutes, and she seemed pretty nice. She also introduced me to her student teacher, who I guess will be helping her out this year. They both seemed nice enough to me! She asked Brooke a few questions, but Brooke would only answer with quick "yeses" or "nos." She seemed to be pretty nervous and shy, but when I said she didn't have to be nervous she was certainly quick to tell me "I'm not!!!" Her teacher asked if she was going to be a quiet on this year. Ha! As If. That girl does not shut up... ever. But let's let her teacher be surprised ;) I showed Brooke the table she would be sitting at, where her name was. And wouldn't you know it? She is seated at a table with all boys! I don't know if they had run out of other girls by then, but somehow she ended up with boys. Arnold said "oh boy, this is how it all begins!" Haha... we will see. I think Brooke is cool enough to hang with the boys OR the girls.. just depends on her mood that day. She can be a rough tomboy and play in the dirt, or she can be a girly girl, wanting to dress up in jewelry and do cheers. I like that she can pretty much adjust to most situations she is put in.
I think this year is going to be a great one. I have a good feeling about all the teachers and things we have seen. I got sent home a folder of paperwork to do before school starts on Monday (yay me!) Homework before school even starts! I hope this is not an indication of how the year is going to be...sheesh! I hear 1st graders have a lot more homework than the little Kindergarteners do!!!!
Outside of the school before the Open House
Welcome to Kindergarten! Caleb's teacher is Mrs. Jeffries
Caleb in his classroom, standing beside his name he found
The kids outside the school, with their Daddy. Caleb looks unsure about the whole situation, haha!
Thought this pic was cool that Arnold took of us all walking out of the school after the Open House, getting ready to go home.
Brooke grabbed my camera and took a picture of herself before we left. She held it out and everything.. I guess I have taught her well! ;) Wow, look at that nose. She has her mama's nose, for sure. We won't call it big, we will just call it "pronounced!" :)