Friday, September 08, 2006

Schoolgirl Ivy

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Ivy went to school yesterday for an hour of orientation with Tannis there to fill in forms and be nearby. They found out that her class is being split into two smaller classes of 13 students each -- can't argue with that student-teacher ratio. This morning she was determined to ride the bus to her second day of school, with no mommy and daddy around...until halfway through breakfast when she broke down in tears and started rethinking the bus plan. So we agreed that I'd take her in the car and we'd follow the bus to school to get the hang of the route.

On the way, we watched kids get on the bus and I suggested that Ivy could try envisioning what it might be like to be on the bus with them, seeing the same orchards going by and following the same route without me there. She asked me to define "envisioning" (she's a total word geek, always wanting to know what things mean), but before I could finish my explanation, she interrupted me: "Daddy, maybe if you'd stop talking, I could do some better envisioning." Fair enough.

When we got there, she insisted that I escort her to the room. We we were a bit early, so she played on the playground for a while, running over to me to announce that she had "made a bunch of friends already" and indeed she was running with a pack by the time the door to the room was opened to welcome them in. She gave me a quick kiss and a "see ya in two hours" before disappearing in a swarm of kids with new backpacks, bright eyes and hovering parents. Super, super cute.

Just as we left home, I grabbed the camera and asked her what she was expecting to do at school:



Afterwards, she toured me around her classroom (after asking her teacher permission, of course) proudly, and I saw her hanging out with old and new friends in the schoolyard. Her main report was: "My first day of Kindergarten was very fun, very exciting...but also very tiring." The kids apparently all did well, pouring out with new paintings and energy to burn. So it begins.

10 comments:

Heather said...

I'm going to blame the pregnancy hormones for the fact that I got tears in my eyes watching that little video clip. I know that we have a few years to go before that moment of watching our little ones go out into the "world" - but it still feels more real now than ever. The picture of Ivy in the door is adorable - right down to the bandaid on the knee. I pray that she has a wonderful school experience, and continues to grow that fabulous knowledge and imagination that she has already shown.

Anonymous said...

Boy I like the classroom ratio. Thomas will be in a class of 21 and there are 3 kindergarten classes. 1 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. He met the teacher on Wedsneday and starts on the Monday with half the kids and then with all the kids on Tuesday.

Corinne

Nicole said...

Wow! That was super special of you to share with us. I can't believe I've yet to meet that lovely daughter of yours. And I believe the one and only time I met Ella she was just a few months old. Yikes ... THAT needs to change. Sounds like she had a wonderful time ... she looks soooo grown up in her cute little outfit!

Ang said...

She is so adorable you guys. Still smiling about that bus story.

tfoxfan said...

What a fantastic adventure Ivy is embracing! Her enthusiasm is palpable from that video. Thanks for sharing, Jer. I've been very curious about how she is responding to school. Is the weekend just too long to take until next class? I often felt that way :}

Jeremy said...

Pregnancy hormones or not, Heather...these transitions are emotionally loaded, especially when you know and love the kid so much.

Jeremy said...

Thanks for the note, Corinne. Sounds like Niverville must be growing -- that's a lot of Kindergarten kids! Good luck to Thomas in his first few weeks of school.

Jeremy said...

Glad you liked it, Nicole. Helping you with posting videos inspired my own effort here. You'll have to plan an Okanagan vacation next summer so we can all meet -- only 7 hours or so to Kelowna.

Jeremy said...

Thx, Ang. I was just thinking about your photo of Em on the bus last year and went to find it.

Jeremy said...

Esther, you nailed it. She spent most of the weekend devising strategies for making the weekend go faster so she could get back to school.

It's been very positive for her so far and her teacher seems thrilled. That said, Ivy did tell us that she had one lonely moment on her first full day of school, where she was in the bathroom and cried a little because she missed us. Broke our hearts, but she apparently pulled herself together and went out to face the world again.