The First Day of School

It doesn’t seem like it should be time to start school again already. The other schools here don’t actually start until the 30th, but since I have three students and two grades this year I thought it best to get an early start. The boys decorated their school supply boxes a couple of weeks ago and were eager to get to use them. Gabriel got his own box as well and woke up this morning with, “It’s school time!” ringing out happily.

The day went remarkably well. Of course, silly me, did not plan a lot of activities on this first day that required a lot of use from the school boxes, so we had to improvise in order to use the new markers and pencils. We read, reviewed phonograms, drew clocks and practiced writing our cursive a, o, d, and c with our finger around the clock. We practiced making numbers the correct way in a pan of salt. The boys were eager to taste it and I told them they could at the end of the lesson. Jack did not wait and as a result was very thirsty for the remainder of the lesson.

When I declared it was time to go out and play I met a little bit of resistance from the twins, who are very much indoor, bookish people, but once out the door and after three laps of running around the house together they were receptive to “Mother, May I?” and
“Red light, Green light.” It was a very pleasant, overcast day so I brought our snack outside and let the boys help put the “ants” on the “logs.” Then since Sebastian was refusing to take a nap, we walked to the playground down the street and played until lunch time and then ate a picnic in the yard. After lunch the twins and I read from “The Little House in the Big Woods” while Jack and Gabriel played in the yard. The mailman had seen us returning from the playground and left suckers in the mailbox along with the mail, a nice treat to end the school day.


About Wendy McCollum

I am a single mom to five wonderful boys. Life is an adventure, with many twists and turns. We live in hope, always, for our great God can redeem all things. There are so many funny and precious moments that slip by too fast. Perhaps here I can save them for when my own memory fails.
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