Can it really be true that I have a child in Kindergarten? Where did that five years go?!! My big girl Niah had her first day of school on Wednesday. Luckily, for us the school had a back-to-school night on Tuesday. I am soooo grateful that they planned that because I don't think Niah would have survived if she didn't know where she was going or who her teacher was! Even still, she was a little nervous on her first day.
Here's her classic 'first school day' picture. That backpack looks so big on her! Do her eyes look a little puffy?! Niah usually sleeps until 8:30 or 9:00 so the early mornings are going to be an adjustment.
I could tell she was excited when she woke up and she was fine and happy, until the bus pulled up. Our plan was that I would follow the bus to the school and meet her there to walk with her to her class. When she saw the bus she held on to my hand and would not let go. I had to pick her up and walk her on the bus and plop her down on the seat! She was crying and I felt really bad leaving her on that big bus all alone. She sat next to a little girl that is in Kindergarten too. Niah now calls her her bus friend.
Niah was goofy and hyper at the bus stop.
Here she is getting off the bus at school. She is a little timid climbing down those stairs. The two girls standing there are in our ward and they ride the same bus- thank heavens! The one with glasses, Ella, is in Niah's class.
Niah has a very good memory when it comes to numbers. She had her bus number memorized before school even started and she learned her student ID number in one night. She also learned our phone number in a matter of minutes. I was impressed!
Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of her in the classroom. Niah would not leave my side and I was holding Bennett and trying to keep track of Chloe- Chloe probably would have stayed no problem- and when I finally made her go find a seat the class helper was herding me out of the room saying, "She'll be better if she can't see you, you need to make it quick." I was a little bugged actually. I didn't really get to say bye to Niah. It was a little chaotic, hence the reason for no indoor pictures. Anyway, Niah loves school. She tells me that she misses me every day, but she tries to be brave. I have been giving her assignments to distract her such as what the teacher is wearing that day, who did you sit by at lunch, I want to know what that boys favorite color is, etc. Full day Kindergarten is not my favorite, but I think it's good for Niah and she definitely needs something to do in the days.
When Niah comes home she teaches Chloe a few things from school. Yesterday, they were looking at library books and I heard Niah tell Chloe, "The person that writes the book is called the arthur." So funny. I think Niah will do great in school and hopefully the after school grumpies will go away soon.