Wednesday, September 11, 2013

We Like Kindergarten

So I've been busy with this business called "life".  It's full of fun and heartache and drama, some chaos, silliness and plenty of love.  All summer we were running to and fro and now as the weather is turning I find myself back to that comfortable routine of school, soccer practice, and music lessons.  I'm always sad when school starts for the kids because I miss them when they're gone all day.  And now a new season has started as Charlotte goes off to Kindergarten.  I wasn't a mess (I'm actually more freaked out about Madeleine graduating from high school in 2 years!) and Charlotte skipped happily onto the school bus.  But I'm sad that our days together, spent riding on my bike, running errands, picking up books, having lunch and then an afternoon nap are over for now.  Charlotte kept me company every day (sometimes a little too much company!) but she's so excited and happy to be a Kindergartner now.

Clara Cassidy 1965
pictures by Eloise Wilkin 

In preparation for Charlotte's first big day of school we read this old familiar Golden Book illustrated by Eloise Wilkins.  Her pictures make me feel warm and fuzzy.  She draws the kind of quintessential vintage American life that I feel like I live most of the time.  It's funny how sweet and laid back this Kindergarten class is.  And I love how there's a piano and the regular teacher plays it- music just part of the day, not a "special".  I suspect Charlotte's day is much busier than this one, and there's certainly no nap time!  But she's always been an adventurous girl so I know she's having fun.

(I LOVE her little knit headband/ear warmer.  I can't seem to find one anywhere for Charlotte.  I may have to convince my mom to make one for her!)

(We also read The Berenstain Bears Go To School the night before we visited her Kindergarten class).

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