so, in light of the fact that zoë started her pre-k classes today, i have some first day of school pictures. she's going to a small christian daycare/pre-k program. i initially was hesitant about putting her anywhere associated with "daycare" because i don't think it's completely what she needed. but the school starts the kids with abeka when they turn 3, and that was what mom used when she was homeschooling us.
i knew she would have fun, but i didn't expect her to be so independent of me so immediately. once we knew she got into the program, we started telling her about getting to go to school like a big girl. so for 3 weeks, she's talked of nothing but going to school.
this morning, about 20 minutes before she was actually supposed to get up, she woke up cranky and sweaty. she's much like spencer, and very hot natured. so when i went in to check on her, she said "it's not morning time, i'm going back to sleep." 20 minutes later, when i went to get her up for school, she stumbled out of bed, croaking "it's morning time, and i'm going to school!" we took the requisite pictures, and then i dropped her off. she ran right in, said "bye mom, i love you!" and was happily playing with the other kids in a minute. i was surprised, but not really. i knew she loved being around kids her age, but i expected a little more than a quick goodbye.
after dropping her off, i didn't know what to do with my afternoon, because school doesn't start for me for another week. after goofing off and taking a nap, i picked her up at 3. she told me that the teacher had to tell her to sit down, and not play with the princess phone when they were learning. and that she couldn't talk during story time. and with that revelation, i knew. she's truly my mini-me. all through school, i got in trouble for talking, and not staying on task. i think that we'll probably seriously look at homeschooling, once she gets to kindergarten age, only because i don't want her wonderful playful imagination too squished by having to color within the lines. not that public and private schools aren't a good option, i just don't know if they're the right one. so in that respect, her going to pre-k, and learning to stand in line, and raise her hand, and all those wonderful classroom disciplines is really a wonderful thing, but it's also been a revealing one. we'll see as the year goes on... i might just be having first day blues. :)
we're in university housing now, in the family and graduate housing. we were living in the other buildings, but something in there was making me react pretty strongly and thus, we moved. we're in a newly renovated apartment, but it's cinderblock walls, and there's a lot of things still in storage. so know that things will look more homey as time goes on, but i've been sick for 2 weeks, and we've only been here for one.
last week, in the interest of getting to know the busline i'll be taking to class, zoë and i rode the bus all over campus. she had so much fun, and could be seen waving at passersby at every stop. that kid is going to be so much fun.
i'll try to put together a post of all the sweet silly things zoë has been saying lately. they're really funny.