We're off and running for another year. We've started school and were ready to get back and settled into the routine. Or at least I am. I had to do some counting on my fingers the other day when I recounted the years and realized it's our 8th year already.
I learned a couple years ago that starting school as a gradual process works far better than jumping into all subjects right away. Once again, this year we'll have a couple weeks of several subjects/review and then get into full class load. It helps with the system shock for everyone.
We've made it a tradition that the students get a little first day treat. I thought I was being clever with the cookies, until a student reminded me that I'd done it last year. Oh well, I guess we'll call it a tradition now.
The big kids each also received a small Lego set (spoiled, I know) and the little students a coloring book and notebook.
They all seemed pleased.
(Smart Cookie and other first day of school printables are over here)
Everyone was diligent in their work and the little
distractions toddlers, were content with building, creating, coloring and the general concept of "school" in their eyes.
I know we all say it, but the years sure are flying!
A SIXTH grader....
And a FOURTH grader!
(First Day 2014-2015 printable chalkboard signs are seen here)
This is going to be some year. Perhaps our best yet.
I'll keep remaining hopeful and optimistic.