We Have A Kindergartner!

27-Aug-2012 08:21
I can’t believe that Rylee has started Kindergarten already.  It was just a few weeks ago she was figuring out how to crawl!

Rylee has been VERY excited to start Kindergarten.  Every time we would pass her school in the last few weeks she’d say, “That’s where I will go to Kindergarten!”

The first day really couldn’t have gone any better.  She met two new friends at the bus stop who are not only in her grade, but in her class.  She sat with them on the bus to and from school.

When the three girls got off the bus they all wanted to play together.  That just warmed my heart.  Rylee has been in need of friends her own age and it has finally happened.

27-Aug-2012 11:50
All the moms agreed that after lunches the girls could get together.  I took Rylee to lunch and as we were getting in the car I got a text from one of the moms asking if Rylee wanted to come over and play with her daughter.  I told Rylee and she immediately asked me how many minutes it would take to get home.

Those three girls played together ALL afternoon.  I was expecting to have Rylee home with me so I wasn’t sure what to do with myself.

The second day of school Rylee invited her friends over as soon as she got off the bus.  So after lunch the girls came over and played all afternoon again.  I was amazed at how quiet they were.  They played in the playroom, played with Play-Doh (note to self: next time they do that outside instead of at the kitchen table) and I pulled out my beading supplies and they all made some bracelets.  What a fun afternoon!

28-Aug-2012 15:58
It’s really fun watching Rylee develop friendships that will (hopefully) last for many years.  I look forward to looking back at these photos with her when she’s older.

It Starts….

Today we had Kindergarten orientation with Rylee.  She has been so excited to go and check things out.  She was very excited at the possibility of riding on a school bus too.

We went in and the first thing the principal said was, “I’d like to welcome the class of 2025!”.  Holy cow!  I hadn’t ever stopped to think about what year Rylee would graduate.  And then my eyes filled with tears.  That may seem like a long way off, but I know it will be here in the blink of an eye.

After addressing the entire group the principal introduced the Kindergarten teachers and we broke up into three groups.  What is amazing is that two of Rylee’s girlfriends from daycare are going to the same elementary school and they all wound up in the Teddy Bear group so they went to the same classroom.  The three girls were giggly and ready to check things out.

When we got into the classroom each Pre-K kid was assigned a buddy.  Their buddy helped them make a butterfly out of construction paper.  These will be kept and when they arrive at their classrooms in the fall the butterflies will be there to greet them.  I thought that was a fun idea.

While the kids were being creative the parents got to sit with the teacher and ask questions.  We also got some other great information.  I feel like they have a great program and that Rylee will have every opportunity to excel if she chooses to apply herself.

The last thing we did was take a ride on a bus.  Here’s a shot of Rylee just before we pulled out of the parking lot.  I’d say she looks pretty excited!