Kalena starts first grade today, and somehow that seems SO much older than kindergarten. Maybe it’s that she’ll be gone from 8 to 4, or maybe it’s that I packed her a lunch, or maybe it’s watching her get on a school bus instead of dropping her off, but whatever the reason, today seemed very official.
Kalena is thrilled by it all. On Tuesday we picked up her school supplies (we purchased through the school when we registered her) and got them organized. We also got to meet her teacher and see her classroom. (She has her own desk! No more tables!) And we bought her a school shirt- she picked a hoodie, pink of course. (She wants to wear it already. High today in the 80s. Sooooo…no.)
Here she is, ready to go!
She has nothing in her backpack, but she still wanted to carry her lunchbox. The novelty will wear off soon, I’m sure. Also, she insisted on taking hand sanitizer so she could use it before eating. (That’s what’s hanging from the lunchbox handle.) I’m torn between thinking this is a great idea and worrying that we’re making her into a germaphobe. (Mostly I think great idea.)
Getting on the bus! We live close enough to the school that we have to pay to bus her, but according to my calculations we’ll spend less to bus her than to drive back and forth to her school twice a day. Plus, not having to load and unload 4 kids multiple times a day will save my sanity. And we can see her bus stop from our front door!
Anyway, here’s to a great year!