The kids started school a few weeks ago- on August 12. Before that, we had gone to take a tour with the principal, met with the counselor on a different day, had "popsicles with the principal" on the playground, had Peter's kindergarten teacher over to our house, and had cookies with kindergarteners on the playground, attended another kindergarten orientation (about bus safety), and went to "meet the teacher." A LOT of Back to School stuff- and much more than I would typically do, but we needed it this year. This summer got to be pretty lonely when things settled here with no friends around to play with.
Benjamin is in third grade this year! He had no fears about starting as the new kid, and just charged onto that bus with the same enthusiasm as he always has. His teacher is Mrs. Huffer, and she seems nice so far. After all that back to school stuff, it's amazing I only met her once, and only very briefly. As far as I can tell, he fits right in. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about that. I think boys are less cliquish in general. Big sigh of relief here!
tirade about schooling vs. homeschooling. Honestly, I didn't really consider doing it this school year, although I haven't ruled it out as a possibility in the future (middle school, perhaps?). I'm glad I took the time to study up on alternatives to my children's education, and I'm especially glad to be associated with so many amazing, successful (and real) moms who do homeschool their kids. It's been an eye-opening journey for me, and it was good for me to let go of some of my own prejudices. At least for now, I feel like our kids can do a lot of good being in public school, and learning doesn't have to stop when they come home. And so far, I have only had good feelings about the new school they're at. Hooray for a new school year!