1st day of 1st Grade

Zoe is a 1st grader.

I just have to keep repeating that to myself.  Zoe is a 1st grader.  It was hard enough to believe she turned 6 years old this summer... but now she's a 1st grader!  No more 1/2 days for us.  No more sleeping in for afternoon kindergarten.  No more lunch dates in the middle of the week.  She is truly a full fledged elementary school student.  It's going to take a little while for that to really sink in for me.*

I'm so proud of how Zoe has handled the transition to being in school a full day.  It really is a big difference.  Last year she was in school for under 3 hours.  This year she's there for over 6 hours (which was especially long for me and Ana).  She (of course) eats lunch at school, and is excited about choosing to buy lunch in the cafeteria.  She gets homework (which didn't happen in our kindergarten).  She has "technology" class.  She has a desk and a locker!  1st grade is so different from kindergarten.  It's REAL school.  (Not to say she didn't learn A LOT in kindergarten... but I'm sure you understand what I mean.)

With all the changes our girl is still taking it all in strides.  She hopped on the bus the first day full of smiles and a big "Hi Mr. Willy!" for our favorite bus driver.  She was the first on the bus but wasn't phased the slightest.  She picked a seat, put on her seat belt and gave a wave to Ana and me.  Off she went.  Zoe constantly does things that make me think she just might be the most confident kid I've ever met (Nick and I have no idea where she got that from!!!).

And so... with a smile and a wave the school year started.  I'm so excited to see all of the things Zoe will learn this year... and to see her become even smarter than she already is.  She really is going to be an amazing 1st grader!

*Right now the only time it REALLY sinks in for me that Zoe is a 1st grader is when I'm rolling out of bed by 7am to make sure we make it for the 8am bus.  I don't know that there is any way to prepare parents of PM Kindergarten students for the beginning of full day 1st Grade.