Today was the BIG day! She was smiling from ear to ear! This girl is ready! No tears! Her teacher sent me an email and a few pictures of her playing at recess today, and said that Lilah was having an awesome day and that she is the SWEETEST girl ever! That's my girl;-)
Lilah loves her teacher. Her teacher is so happy, bubbly, beautiful, a dancer (ballerina, x-timberwolves dancer)...yea, she's pretty much the perfect kindergarten teacher!
Lilah is in the K-1-2 Family. The K 1 2 Family was piloted three years ago with 3 teachers with the idea of collaborating with three different grade levels (K, 1, 2) to create a family-like learning environment where 60+ students could all call each other by first name and have the opportunity to be leaders to younger students, and/or choose to collaborate and interact with a broader spectrum of learning styles and similar interests no matter the age. They have the vision for all 60+ students to feel comfortable with not only their homeroom grade level teacher, but all three grade level teachers, so that at any given time throughout the day they could walk up to any one of them to ask a question, talk to, or learn from! The K 1 2 Family has also provided the teachers the opportunity to team teach their project-based STEM units together! The students practice VOICE and CHOICE and excel at their engineer design process skills with hands on projects that are showcased for family and friends to see. Each grade has it's own separate classroom, the classrooms are connected by doors, which are closed when they are not doing a collaborating activity (they usually meet once a day together as a whole/family).
I asked her what her favorite part of the day was and she said, "Seeing, Avelaine (her buddy 1st grade). LOL.
Then I asked her, "What was your 2nd favorite part of the day, then?"
"Seeing Pryia (Her other 1st grade buddy)!" she says.
I think she's going to be a little social butterfly too!
Thomas and I volunteered to be the "Kindergarten Hallway Helpers" for the 1st day of school. We had to make sure all the kindergarteners made it to their classroom and found their locker. It was pretty easy and a great distraction for me! I didn't want to cry when I dropped her off at her classroom door, although, I sure felt like it. My days are sure going to be different...I'm going to think positive though, I will have more time to do things that I've always wanted to do, but didn't have the time to do before.
PS: She gets her own locker too! YAY!