Posts Tagged ‘first day of school’

Fear Busting Strategies: New School or New Grade

Monday, September 3rd, 2012 by by

Whether it’s starting at a new school or just a different grade, this can be stressful time for your child. My son is prone to feeling anxious about new surroundings and people so every year when he starts a new grade we have had to find ways to help ease the stress he feels.

When he started preschool we moved to another country, not only did he have to deal with a new school but he also had the challenge of  a new language, culture, food….  It was a hard time for our little guy, thanks to God I can say that with age and maturity and learning some healthy coping strategies he is getting better at handling new situations. These tips I share with parents/guardians when I was a counselor and most we have used with my son.

Fear Busting Strategies:

  1. Get permission from the teacher to show your child their classroom, the bathrooms, their desk…… (more…)
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Ready, Steady

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by by


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“Tell me how you’re feeling about the first day of school, Bob. How are you with it?”

“I’m good. I think I’m good.”

“I’m glad.”

“I don’t know exactly what they’ll do there but I’m sensing I’ll have fun.”

The Most Important Meal of the Day

Saturday, January 8th, 2011 by by

What did I do??

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. this morning.  Larissa was babbling in her crib, and after 30 minutes, I relented and went to see why she was awake.  After recovering her pacifier and relieving her of her 40 lb. diaper, I tried to go back to sleep.  No dice.

I was downstairs by 5:00, doing laundry, checking email, and watching Law & Order.  I decided that, since today was the first day back to school for my kids, I would show them how relieved I was sympathetic to their plight I was by sending them off with a warm, home-made breakfast.

I got out the mixing bowls, and after a while, the air filled with the scent of baked oatmeal with a touch of peanut butter.   I heard stirrings from upstairs, and I was there, at the threshold of my kitchen, to greet my children as they descended the stairs.

“I made you breakfast!” I crowed.

The zombies mumbled at me and made a beeline to the pantry.

Once again, loving motherly intent is trumped by a toaster pastry.

Schultüte – First Official Day of School

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 by by

Monday was officially Jacob’s first day of Kindergarten, and to kick off the celebration, we celebrated with a Schultüte (German School Cone) in honor of Daddy’s half German heritage.  It was first suggested to me by my mother-in-law and Mike’s cousin, and when I heard about it, I just thought it was such a great tradition!  I’m an okay crafty person, so I found some examples on-line and got to making our very own  Schultüte!!  Yesterday, I got the opportunity to see a picture of my mother-in-law with hers many many years ago (I’m not saying exactly how many because she might not be too impressed if I did), and it was just so exciting to see a nice tradition carried out in our family too!

To make ours, I used a standard size piece of Bristol board that I found at the dollar store, and then, after rolling it into a cone and using my glue gun to secure it together,  I covered it in simple blue wrapping paper and added some pizazz in the form of paper stars, puffy letters, ribbon, and sparkle glue!  When I was satisfied with the design I had worked out, I glued some tissue paper along the inside of the cone, filled it with the treats and school supplies, then tied it closed with a ribbon! I think the end result turned out pretty great, and Jacob sure loved it when we gave it to him! I can barely wait the three more  years to make one for Violet when she starts school! (more…)

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First Day of School 2010

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 by by

Everyone loves a good time, but even in the rowdiest bar, they still flicker the lights to signal that the party is o-ver.

With that, I present to you….the first day of school 2010.

This year I have a (gulp) 7th grader, a 5th grader, and a 3rd grader.  This would grieve me profoundly except that in 2 years I’ll have a (double gulp) high schooler, middle schooler, elementary schooler, a kindergartener AND a preschooler and hoo boy am I looking forward to that awesome schedule (NOT!)

Hayden leaves the earliest. His bus arrives around 7:25 a.m. This is a little painful for those of us who are NOT morning people; i.e. everyone in the house except my husband and Larissa who are in love with 6:15 a.m..
***New fall trend alert!  Smiling (more…)

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by by

Today, I sent my baby off into the big world. Okay, well, I dropped her off for two and a half hours at her preschool. But, with the way I felt, it may as well have been the big world.

Snow White, however, did not care a bit. We could hardly get her attention to say good bye. Immediately upon entering the room, she made a beeline for the dress up bin and commenced playing. It was great to see her so confident and at ease. I just wish I felt the same.

“Do we just leave?” I asked my husband. “I feel weird just leaving.”

“Yep, she’s their problem now,” he quipped. He’s always good for (more…)

And off he goes

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 by by

And he takes my heart with him. Although yesterday was not an ideal first day of school, it was, nonetheless, a special day. Daniel woke up early and remembered immediately that he was to start school that day. He ran to the fridge and got his lunch box and kept asking if it was time to go. He didn’t even give me a hard time when I tried to tame his bed hair, which if you know Daniel, you know is quite special.

He was really excited to get going and when I told him for what seemed like the 50th time “not yet”, he said “I’ll just wait outside for you.” Gosh, how I love this boy. Here are some pictures that I took:

Getting in the car. (more…)

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