First Days of School!


I have a vivid memory of holding Elliott as a brand-spankin’-new newborn and thinking, “I AM NEVER SENDING MY BABY TO KINDERGARTEN!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT KIND OF CRAZY PEOPLE SEND THEIR BABIES TO SCHOOL???!!!!!!”

But alas…the day has come, and I am now that crazy person :). Honestly, I had no tears or sadness surrounding Elliott’s first day…I truly only had pure joy. 5 1/2 years ago (as you can see) I couldn’t even entertain the thought of putting him in school, but when you have peace, you have peace. “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…” (Isaiah 55). That was how I felt about Elliott’s first day :).

Now, to be entirely fair…we are partially homeschooling him, so I only have to say good bye to him 2 days a week. If it were 5 days? All you would be hearing about is weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We spent a long time praying and looking into various schools but there is this gem of a little school (practically on the other side of the state from us) that won over our hearts. He goes for two full days a week, getting to frolic and chat and play with the sweetest little bunch of kindergarteners (including two of his favorite friends), and then he gets to come home and be taught by his very first (and of course, favorite) (*wink*) teacher mama the other three days a week.

So all that to say, friends kept asking me if I was okay after dropping Elliott off for his first day and I just responded, “YEAH!! We’re so excited!!” Look how far I’ve come in 5 1/2 years :).

And the day before his big first day? I was like a little elf the night before Christmas!!!! Dreaming of every way to leave him touches of love and surprises throughout the day…loving getting to celebrate this big, handsome boy of mine!! We had let him pick out a new back pack and a lunch box a couple weeks earlier, and I set out packing his lunch with his very favorite things and a little surprise…

Gah!!!! This is way too stinkin’ fun!! I get to pack him little notes in his lunch that he can actually read now!!!!!! I’m on cloud 9 :).

The school is fairly far away, and Elliott is our child who loves to sleep in…so it has been a little bit of a rude-awakening for him (literally) to have to get up in time to be out of the house by 7:30. But here he is…bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on his very first day!!!

Okay…maybe this picture does make me cry just a little bit!!!!

These two!!!!!!

Holding an apple for his teacher and showing off his new back pack and lunch box…and definitely tired of pictures at this point :).

 

Many hugs and kisses later, we sent our big man off for his very first (half) day of school. And, of course…while big brother is away, little sister steals his car seat :).

Mwahahaha….

Selah and I headed off to gymnastics and came back to get Elliott at 1 since it was a half day. Then we got ice cream with Kari and Quinn (who opted to not be pictured with the cow) to celebrate! Awesome first day!!!

“The cow.”

AND NOW…for THIS big girl’s first day of school!!!

Selah has gymnastics on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and so we decided to keep her there instead of enrolling her at a school. She’s definitely a bright little cookie (already reading trying to catch up with her big brother!!) but she LOVES gymnastics and we weren’t going to put her in school in addition to that. So, I’m “officially” homeschooling her for her first year of preschool. (Oh the joy!!) Doing “formal” school with her at home has really allowed her to shine academically…this girl has somehow absorbed most everything Elliott’s learning while practically standing on her head.  So Elliott’s first homeschool day was her first day of preschool!

Look at this big girl!!!

Since I decided not to decorate our “classroom” yet, knowing I just had no idea what I would need and want up on the walls, we just made a chalkboard banner together outside the door. Selah scribed, “BACK” and Elliott wrote, “2 SCHOOL”. Can anyone guess what their favorite colors are? I know they’re pretty subtle…haha!

 

We had a super fun first homeschool day, drawing, writing and playing with playdough!

Here are two (of the million) reasons that I LOVE homeschooling:

1. That Elliott had the hour that he needed to finish this simple little task. He is a meticulous artist :).

2. That I was featured in Selah’s first day of school picture!! (*Sniff, sniff*) She drew the two of us and wrote “Mom” next to me (she still flips her letters at times, so “MOW” does, in fact, mean “MOM”) 🙂 She said she drew the two of us walking on a glass bridge…soooo…there’s that :).

 

And of course…I handed Selah a little surprise during lunch time!

And then…we finished off our day with recess of course!!!

 

…which turned into science because they found a cool bug on the trampoline :).

 

I am so grateful for this sweet little school that we’ve found that allows us to homeschool part time, that our dear friends are there with us, and that I get to be the kids’ teacher mama three days a week!!!! Happy school year to the kids and happy back to school for this here teacher!!!! 🙂

5 Comments

  • Callie Boisture
    September 27, 2016 - 09:39am

    How fun to find a part-time kindergarten! The closest we have is a four-half-day school which is just too much for me! So poor social Dora is stuck with Mama four days a week with a Co-op on Mondays. Great update y’all!

  • Jane Bergo
    September 27, 2016 - 12:22pm

    How I enjoy watching your little ones grow and you also. Mom is good, but some small space is fine.

    Love, Jane

  • Aunt Adele & Uncle Serge
    September 27, 2016 - 13:52pm

    Thank you so much for sharing what’s new at the Mobergs!! We cannot believe your cherubs are old enough for school already! And tell Elliott that at 5 years old he’s almost as tall as his aunt, just another foot to go!!
    Love to all … xxxooo

  • Aunt Paula
    October 1, 2016 - 11:12am

    School AND fun…how lucky are these children?! Your love shines through in all you do!

    Hugs to all of you. Aunt P xoxo

  • Helen
    October 22, 2016 - 20:22pm

    And we’re grateful that we get to be part of their lives!!

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