Ryan went to wake up Ellie and the first thing she wanted to do? Snuggle with Mama. Man, my life is hard! :P
After 10 minutes or so of snuggling, we got up and brushed our teeth, our hair and got dressed. Ellie asked me to put her hair up in pigtails…and wanted pink hair ties. I originally grabbed navy hair ties to match her school uniform, but she wasn’t having it.
We packed her lunch in her Spider-Man lunchbox: sandwich, grapes, watermelon and a bottle of water. If you see a cute lunchbox set, let me know. I want to add a few more to her collection. Especially if you find a Bubble Guppies set. If she has to wear a uniform, then her lunchboxes, nap mat covers and wash cloths will have a lot of personality!
Then, she sat down outside on the little pink chair, took off her sneakers and put them in the outdoor sneakers container. She walked up the stairs and went inside and put away her lunchbox and water bottle. Finally, she sat down and played with her new friends. When we were ready to leave, she said goodbye without any tears!
The rest of the morning and into the early afternoon allowed us to work in peace, which was nice. But it was still so darn quiet!
Ellie had “homework” (well, really the adults…) from Monday that we never did on Tuesday, so I finished it up. It was a family tree with the nicknames of all the people on the tree and a photo of them. Since Ellie has no blood siblings, I included a picture of Tigger and a picture of her cousin, Austin.
When we got to the school, Ellie was reading a story with the director of the school. When they were done, Ellie read another story with her other teacher. The director told us that Ellie is her new teacher’s assistant. In just one day of school, Ellie already knew their routine down to the minute. When it was time for lunch, Ellie let everyone know. When it was reading time, Ellie reminded the teacher and her friends. When it was time to bring the nap mats out, Ellie lead everyone over to their mats so they could get them. The director was impressed with Ellie’s memory…and I let her know she’s always been like that. In every class, she is the one who is most concerned about following the routine. If a step is missed, she will remind her instructors. It’s amusing…and reminds me of someone else I know. (Ahem.)
Today, they worked on shapes and math (focusing on 0-4 and not just memorizing but grasping the concept of quantity), along with general reading and learning letters/phonemes.
Ellie didn’t want to head home today. She was very excited about reading all the books (and putting them away when she’s done, because she was raised well!). Once done with what seemed like the 10th book, Ryan took her by the hand and she walked with us to the door. We stopped and she put on her sneakers. As we were walking to the car, she said, “No Mama, over here!” She wanted to take end of day photos by the school sign again. I have a feeling this is going to be our routine for a while. Ellie loves routine!
Another successful day of school, Ellie Belly. So excited to watch you learn and grow and develop new skills!