This is our second year of homeschool
was our first day back.
There’s just something about that first day of school.
Everyone is so excited and everything is new.
New books, new folders, new crayons (my favorite), new markers,
it’s a fresh start!
Caitlyn (6th grade) pictured above.
McKenna (4th grade) pictured above.
Aubrey (2nd grade) pictured above.
Daddy scheduled the day off to be at home for our first day
and everyone was thrilled!
we began the day by
“devotions with daddy.”
The day was going rather smooth
and we were pretty productive and before we knew it,
it was lunch time!
I wanted to make the first day FUN and get them pumped about our
so for lunch we made pizza because what says “FUN” like making pizza…
(We like pizza 😉 )
Things were going so smooth but I knew there would come a “bump” in the road….
We had decided that although we were
going to homeschool
all 3 of our daughters this year
that we would still allow Caleb (our youngest child) to go to public preschool.
We made this decision based on what we thought
we would be best for him.
All of our
daughters had so much fun and such great learning experiences
in preschool and we thought that he would
benefit from it as well.
He was excited but very nervous.
After lunch, it was time to head to his first day of school.
He was reluctant to go in but once we got into the classroom
and he saw all of the “fun stuff”
he seemed at ease.
Everyone gave him lots of love and we headed on our way back home.
We got out of there without a tear shed (I held mine in until we were in the car.)
it was all I could do to keep from sobbing.
You would think after 3 other times
of this” preschool thing” that I would be use to it but
it just doesn’t get easier for me.
Back at home,
we continued learning. We had a neat lesson about
drawings that scientists have found on ancient cave walls.
After the lesson
the girls looked for cool rocks and painted them with their own
artwork that was to be similar to the artwork found in a cave.
We later learned about what makes
a volcano erupt
and experimented on a small volcano of our own.
It was really cool and I just kept thinking about how much Caleb would be enjoying
these things with us.
I absolutely couldn’t wait to bring him home.
Remember the “bump” in the road I told you about???
Here it comes, buckle up…
We all load up and get to the school to pick up our boy,
we’re the first ones there.
We are anxiously waiting to sign him out and hear all about the wonderful things
he has experienced.
We enter the room and all of the children are sitting
at tables eating a snack.
Caleb spots us and nervously waves.
He accidentally spills a little milk and looks up at me with an “oops” face.
I wink and whisper
Another parent walks in and her little girl
runs up to her and clings to her leg.
The teacher loudly says to the little girl “uh huh, you know the rules
now come and finish your snack.”
The girl doesn’t budge
and so the teacher gets up, takes the girl by her hand, walks her back to the table
as she is saying
“you listen to my words, you know the rules!”
The girl shyly nibbles on her graham cracker with her head down.
The teacher says
“are you done?”
The girl nods “yes.”
The teacher then proceeds to tell the child
“ask if you can be excused, push in your chair and clean up your area.”
Every child that makes a slight movement
this teacher is correcting.
The tone she used with these children made my heart break.
Once Caleb was dismissed
and we were on our way home,
we asked him how his day was.
He said that the friends in his class were nice, that the school had fun toys
and good food but the teachers
were kind of harsh.
(yes, my 4 year old said that lol)
We are not sending him back
tomorrow he will have a fresh start to preschool!
Note: This was a new preschool to us, we had never sent any of our daughters there
and wasn’t sure what to expect but
felt reluctant about the atmosphere before ever leaving him there
in the first place.