First Day of 4 Year Old Preschool

Last Wednesday, Elin started her first day of 4 year old preschool. She will be going 4 days a week: Monday through Thursday, during the morning time.

She was very eager to get to school and see all her friends from last year. Most of the same kids are in her class.

We got up extra early so I could take tons of photos. She had picked out this dress from some new clothes I bought her for the school year. She liked that it had a matching necklace with it.

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I don’t know why my inside photos always look horrible compared to the outside ones.

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We got to school a little earlier than expected and were waiting for the doors of her classroom to open. As we waited, we saw Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Alexander, her teachers from last year. She was so excited to see them and give them each a big hug.

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Then it was time to go on into her classroom. The first day is the only day you are supposed to walk in with your child. Outside the class is a “goodbye zone” were you are to say goodbye so that the child can walk independently into the classroom. As expected, Elin was not the least bit sad or scared. She was eager to spot her new cubby for her book bag and begin working on puzzles before everyone else arrived.

She was excited to se Mrs. Armao and Mrs. Ebert. She had already got acquainted with Mrs. Armao because she visits everyone at their house over the summer to get to know them better and to help them feel comfortable on the first day of school.

She was also excited since I have talked to her many times about how Mrs. Armao was my 4 year preschool teacher, too!

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Elin had a good first day of school and continues to be excited to go back! We are working hard to memorize her memory verse as this year it’s more of an expectation to know them each week instead of being optional. I’m looking forward to being able to see Elin grow and learn so much just as  she had the prior year. I’m sure this year will fly by just as the previous school year did.

End of the School Year

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Look at how much Elin grew from her first day of three year Preschool to her last day! I remember thinking she looked so grown up on her first day of school, but looking back she had such a baby face compared to the end of the school year.

She had such an amazing first year with great teachers and classmates and she is already looking forward to going back for four year Preschool.

Before her last day of school she had a couple of fun activity days that I had the opportunity to be a part of since I am currently home on maternity leave.

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First up was trike day. All the kids in her class brought in their trikes and they had a little track that they raced around and played on at the end of the school day. The day before, Elin got 3 shots at her 4 year check up so her little legs were pretty sore that morning and throughout the day, but she did a good job anyways.

They even had a little gas station set up to pretend to fuel up their trikes.

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I love how they even created their own little nameplates on the back.

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The last day of school was a fun picnic at a local park. They started with prayer, singing, and then awards. Elin got awards for reading the most books in class and one for all the memory verses she said each week. I was shocked to learn that she had the second highest score for the memory verses because even though we learned them almost every week, she would often come home and say that she forgot to tell them to her teacher. She must have remembered more than she thought.

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I am so proud of Elin and how well she did her first year of school. Her teachers and even other parents would stop and tell me that every time they walked in the classroom in the morning to drop off their child or if  they came in the class to help that Elin had a big smile on her face and was so happy.

Now I am working on taking her awards, artwork, and pictures from her first year and putting them together in some sort of archival or memory book. If you have an awesome way you keep and preserve your child’s memories please comment below.

“I dig you” Valentine

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Elin and I have been hard at work on making Valentines already. She is passing them out at school this year and we are participating in a blogger exchange.

We made heart shaped crayons for Valentine’s day last year and I loved them so much I considered making them again but thought we should try something different.

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There are so many cute ideas out there on Pinterest that it was hard to just choose one but we decided to make these fun, “I dig you” valentines. I like that there is candy and a little toy involved. I figure the shovel can be used in sand boxes and the beach this coming spring break/summer.

After searching for a printable, I finally found these and they printed great.

Toy Plastic Shovels Red White & Pink, 24 Pack, 7 Inches Tall, 24 I Dig You Stickers

Then I searched Amazon and found these red, pink and white shovels. These were the perfect size and color. I was very happy with this seller. Lastly, I decided on getting the valentine starbursts because they are a wrapped candy and I felt like it was probably better to pass out candy that was wrapped at school.  I will warn you that Elin thought she was helping by just sitting next to me and eating the starburst but I was still happy she was part of the process.

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I love how they turned out and I can’t wait for her to pass them out at school. This was such a fun and easy Valentine idea.

Family Fun Night/Day

Elin had her first family fun night at her school last Friday. I knew she would be extremely excited to go, so we went and brought her Nanny and Papa. They had several bounce houses, a DJ, the playground, and later in the evening they projected a Disney movie.

Elin was a little timid at first about the bounce houses since there were several older kids, but she was eager to show us her playground and all the things she could do.

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Isn’t this the most interesting merry go round? I think it was so cute that they could pedal as they rode. I think Elin was excited that the older girls were letting her play with them.

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After playing on the playground and dancing near the DJ area, she finally decided it was time to bounce and she had the best time. I’m so glad she had a wonderful time and that she is so excited to go to events like this at her school.

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The next day she was in for more family fun at an employee family fun day and the baseball stadium.

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She had even more bounce house fun. Elin and the other little girls she played with just squealed with joy the whole time.

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She played some other carnival like games and enjoyed getting a couple balloon animals.

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Isn’t this Ariel balloon animal so cute?!?! I thought that was cutest balloon animal I ever saw! It has amazingingly survived the weekend and Elin is still playing with it.

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Preschool Favorites

Preschool has barely begun but I already have some favorite items that I just have to share–especially since I know several schools around the country haven’t gone back to school yet.

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First off, my favorite item I got Elin for back to school is this adorable Preschool shirt. I think it’s so cute to wear all year long. I ordered this from Carmen at Carmen’s Monograms and she was excellent to work with! I wanted Elin to wear this the first week of school and I needed insanely fast shipping and Carmen was so sweet and accommodated my request. I love a personalized t-shirt commemorating special occasions.

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The second item I am loving is these shoes that Elin is wearing in the picture. Elin’s school does not allow sandals, but athletic shoes do not match all outfits and I think these pink shoes are adorable. Has anyone see this velcro version in white? I found the lace up kind, but would love velcro. Please let me know if you have seen them.

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The third item I am loving is Elin’s backpack. This was not new to us this year because we bought this a couple of years ago and this is formerly her dance bag. We decided to let it her be her school bag now and I love that it still looks brand new. I don’t think anyone can go wrong with a Pottery Barn backpack. Of course the monograming makes it extra fun!

First Day of Preschool

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Elin had a phenomenal  first day of preschool! It could not have gone any better.

I took the morning off from work so that I could drop her off in her classroom and pick her up. 

Elin woke up with a smile on her face and very eager to to start the day. After a breakfast of her favorite cereal mixture (muti-grain Cheerios mixed with Crispix) and yogurt she got dressed and had to endure a photoshoot indoors and outdoors, with and without her first day of school sign, with and without the backpack….then it was finally time to get in the car and go.

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Elin was so excited to get into her classroom that she bounded up to the front door and skipped on into her classroom. She was warmly greeted by her substitute teacher Mrs. Andre. She is filling in for a couple weeks while her teacher, Mrs. Alexander is out recuperating from surgery. Mrs. Andre showed Elin where her cubby is to keep her backpack and Elin immediately starting working on puzzles with some of her classmates. Just as predicted, there were no tears out of Elin.

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When I picked up Elin 2.5 hours later, she was still all smiles and her teacher said she had a wonderful time and was very happy the whole time.

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In the car I asked Elin if she liked preschool and she responded, “I love preschool!!!”

I asked her all about what she did and she told me that she played with boys and girls, red bears, played on the playground, wrote her name, sang songs, and “hushed kids who were crying”. There were two criers in the class when I left, so I hope Elin was a little more empathetic than she let on.

I am so thrilled that Elin had a great first day of school and I am certain that she will a wonderful year.

The Night Before the First Day of Preschool

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Elin,

It’s the night before the first day of 3 year old Preschool. The back pack is laid out by the front door. Your first assignment which was decorating your paper apple for the classroom team is all decorated and safely tucked away in your backpack. Your student identification number is affixed to to the visor of the car ready to pick you up. Your outfit is carefully laid out to ensure a quick morning routine to allow for plenty of time for picture taking. Your very first “My First Day of Preschool” sign is ready and waiting for those momentous photos to be taken. Your first Bible verse is mostly memorized. We have read all your favorite books about going to school and sung all your favorite songs. We said a prayer before bed about your first day and prayed for a fantastic school year. You are officially ready for Preschool.

I am so excited for you that you are about to embark on your first school experience. I think you are going to love everything about it. You certainly have loved meeting your teacher and visiting the classroom twice now. I know that although we have read many books on the subject, you probably don’t grasp what school will really be like until you experience it for the first time. You are already so smart and adaptable that I do not have any worry at all that you won’t jump in head first and immediately start enjoying all the things that Preschool has to offer.

My promise to you is that I will do everything in my power to help you be prepared throughout the school year by helping you memorize your memory verses, help you with any assignments you may have,  and make myself aware of all your field trips, events, and school programs.

Together we will conquer Preschool!

Love always,

Mommy

 

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Preschool Tour

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Yesterday morning Elin had a scheduled tour of the preschool she will attend in the fall. The school asks that all children come in for a tour and a chance to meet the teacher during the application process.

Elin has been excited all week for her tour of the classroom.  She is very anxious for school and has been very interested in school ever since she learned that her older cousins go to school.  She will be attending the same preschool that they went and the same one that I went to 28 years ago!  In fact, my same preschool teacher is there but Elin won’t be in her class until she is 4 years old.

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Elin made herself right at home as soon as we got there and proceeded to play with everything in the class!  We were there for an hour and she covered a lot of ground while she was there.  Of course her favorite area was was the play kitchen area and she also enjoyed checking out the many books in the classroom.

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The teacher gave Elin a tiny stuffed cat from the reward box and Elin was thrilled.  We named him Figaro after Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, of course.

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Starting in August, Elin will go three days a week in the mornings.  This is a big deal because she has never been watched by anyone other than family and a close family friend and she has never been without out us at someone else’s house other than family.  However, after seeing her today be so comfortable in the classroom and with the teacher, I don’t think she will be too scared or bashful when the big day rolls around.

She was all smiles as we left the school.  I’m so glad she was happy and comfortable there.

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