It seemed like it was a long summer and for the most part it was. We got to do so many awesome trips, both as a family and just Mrs. LB and I. But today our summer is officially over.
Yvie is now a first-grader.
(I did her hair!)
Of course, First Day of School 2009 was not quite as strange as First Day of School 2008, when we didn't know what to expect. She was happy to seem of her classmates from last year and we were happy that she is with some familiar faces.
Yvie has been excited about school for quite a while now. She's still in the Dual Immersion program but this year instead of 90 percent Spanish and 10 percent English like she had in Kindergarten, it went to 80 percent Spanish and 20 percent English. She'll get more English-language instruction which is good but she's already such a strong reader in English.
I might get more into this as the school year progresses but Yvie can read in both English and Spanish. She first learned to read in Spanish at school and then sort of figured out English on her own. We specifically didn't teach her to read in English because we didn't want to mess her up with whatever they were teaching her in school, but she did just fine on her own. She actually reads better in English but now she'll be exposed to more Spanish and it will be interesting to see how she improves in that aspect.
While I think she'll do fine with first grade, I think her only problem might be adjusting to the long days, and that goes for her as well as us. School starts at about 8 and gets out at about 2:30. Last year, she got out at 11:25, so that's an extra three hours for all of us.
Kennedy for one found something to entertain herself with.
That would be Kennedy holding a lizard tail.
After posing with the lizard tail for a few pictures, I put on some music. She moved the tail around in her hand and said "Look, the lizard tail is dancing."
As my mom likes to say "Aye, aye, aye, la Kenna."