Alan kicked off his 2nd grade year at Millridge today, sporting his new Mayfield Wildcats shirt for the occasion! In addition to showing district spirit, Alan loves the color green!
At school he had a great day, highlighted by playing the ice breaker game “Find Someone Who…” Fortunately Mrs. Harris, like Mrs. Russo, is on Twitter, so I’ll be able to follow along with Alan all year long.
Out of the 21 other kids in the class, Alan knows five kids from his 1st Grade class (Luke, Logan H, De’Onta, Nikki, Giuliana) and three kids from his Kindergarten class (Brady, Noah, and Paige). That certainly helps the transition into the new year. It also represents a sharp contrast from last year, when Alan only knew two girls from his Kindergarten class (though he quickly made new friends).
The only bad news of the day was that Alan found out 2nd Grade only has one recess. But on the bright side, he learned that some weeks will feature “double specials,” meaning he’ll have weeks with two gym classes!
8/28/18 Update: At parent orientation, I found this photo of Mrs. Harris’ class taken on the first day of school.
Today Alan started his journey into 1st Grade! He went to the bus stop about 15 minutes early because he just couldn’t wait to get to school and see all his friends.
Two years ago he had to adjust to a new school. Last year he had to adjust to a full school day and riding the bus. But this year there were no major adjustments. I could tell it was ‘business as usual’ for him now. He’s becoming a pro at this back to school thing.
As for how the day went, Alan described it as “Greeeaaaat!” He went on to explain how his class had not one, but two recesses. Clearly it doesn’t get any better than that!
Today Alan kicked off his kindergarten year at Millridge, and I was there to enjoy it with him! On the first day, as part of the “ease-in schedule,” parents attended an informational session in the cafeteria while the kids played in the gym. Then afterwards, Alan and I took a practice ride together on a school bus around Mayfield.
Alan met his teacher, Mrs. Feldman, and saw his friends Joshua (who offered a big hug), Xavier, Riley, and Gabriel today — and even made a new friend named Noah! Xavier and Noah will be in the same class as Alan this year.
Alan also saw Mrs. Schmid (a preschool helper) and told her all about his summer, including the trip to Disney World!
Onto another great school year at Millridge!
Year two of preschool is underway for Alan, as he kicked off the new school year today!
After a great year at St. Clare, Alan has moved on to be a part of a special program that he interviewed for last fall. Alan was accepted for the role of peer mentor at Millridge, where he will partner with a special needs classmate to learn and grow together this school year.
Alan did great today, as he’s a cool and collected preschool veteran now. When I asked him if he liked his new school, he said yes, because “it has good toys.” 🙂
Today was a huge milestone in Alan’s young life: The first day of preschool!
He wore his favorite “super shirt” (as he calls it) to the one hour parent & child orientation day. After an hour of playing and meeting new friends, Alan declared that “preschool is fun!” He especially enjoyed meeting the teacher’s dog puppet and proudly wearing his Pre-K sticker. 🙂
The big test will come tomorrow, when Alan and the other kids will have class for an hour while parents wait in another room. Then on Friday the normal preschool schedule gets underway!
In order to get ready for preschool, Alan spent the summer reading 30+ preschool books from the library to learn about the fun aspects of school. And we spent a significant amount of time on potty-training. He’s got the hang of it and he’s ready to take on the preschool world!
9/4/14 Update: Today Alan had another great day at school! He excitedly got ready for school in the morning and was eager to arrive early. Then, to my relief, Alan did not mind spending the hour alone, and the teacher even used Alan’s behavior as an example of how to share toys nicely. When Grandma Debbie picked him up, he told the teacher and her that he loves preschool!
9/5/14 Update: Today Alan successfully finished his first week of preschool! He wanted to go right to school as soon as I woke him up at 6:30am. He had a great time at school and didn’t seem to notice or mind the school day lasted a bit longer. When I picked him up, he continued his tradition of proudly declaring that he loves preschool!