Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Start of the school year

This year was the first year all three boys went to school. Jonah started the first grade and Simon and Elliott started preschool. They originally started 3 full-time days/week but it was way too much for them and it felt silly to be paying that much when I was sitting at home without them. Now they go to a much smaller preschool 2 days/week for 2 1/2 hours. They are learning and bring home a lot of projects.

Jonah school year is...going. We knew it would be a little bit of a transition leaving the school we loved in Cincinnati. We moved to the town we did because the school district is ranked as one of the top in the state. I am not impressed. Jonah is bored. Everything they are doing he did in kindergarten. At the beginning of the year he tested at a 2nd grade reading level and the one thing I am happy about is that the books they send home are more appropriate for him than books other 1st graders would be reading. However it is hard to get him to read things that don't interest him. One book was about Westminster and was so dry and a very weird choice for a 7 year old. He loves library time and usually chooses books about animals (mostly birds). Last year he always checked out a Curious George book for Simon. Recess is 15 minutes. Ridiculous. He goes to before and after school care on Mondays and Fridays because I usually work Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. He really likes the activities there excluding the sports. His interest in art continues to grow and he has the neatest handwriting.

Simon loves preschool which is not surprising because he begged to go all last year. His coloring and even drawing amaze me. Maybe because I still think of him as so little but I'm in awe of how well he draws for a 3 year old. His favorite color is blue and I probably hear 10 times a day "Blue is my color!" from him. He doesn't realize it but blue has always been his color. When the boys were born we assigned them colors to keep track of what belonged to which boy. Simon is blue, Elliott is green and Jonah is red.

Elliott doesn't usually want to go to preschool but has a good time when he is there. He is a challenging 3 year old and his favorite word is no. I think his teacher made up the sad face, happy face discipline system just for him. He has taken an interest in letters and their sounds and both he and Simon like to point out letters they know on signs. Their favorites are the letters in their names. He likes to color, mostly on the walls, floor and furniture.

 Here are some pictures of the boys and their first day of school signs. They uploaded out of order but you know who is who. I realized later that Elliott's name was spelled incorrectly. Oh and Simon made sure to tell me he wanted to be a nice nurse and not a mean nurse. I am not sure where that came from. Jonah still wavers daily between engineer and artist. He likes to construct (and plan) but he also likes to draw. I suggested architecture but he hasn't come around yet.

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