Thursday, September 10, 2009

Yvie's First Day

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."


Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

Oh, I had such mixed feelings when Aiven went from 1/2 day kinder to all-day first grade. It was nice knowing she wouldn't have to be shuffled around while I was at work, but I knew it would take some time for her to adjust. For the first few weeks she was really tired after school, but she got into the swing of things. Good luck, Yvie!!

Lissaloo said...

Thumbs on the hair Dad :) It took a couple weeks for mine to get used to the long days that first year, they would come home soooo tired. Love the lizard tail/tale too funny :)

Lissaloo said...

Thumbs up on the hair, sorry :)

Angie Eats Peace said...

Happy 1st Day of School to her!

Willoughby said...

Have a great year, Yvie! Good job on the hair, Dad!!