In attempts to make our first day extra special, we started with cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Then we sat down and we came up with the "school rules". We each contributed one. Not much changes from year to year, but I always love the way the put things in their own words.
1. Don't cry. Either ask questions or get some help.
2. Don't interrupt mom.
3. Obey the first time.
4. Put away your books every day. If you can't find a book, you owe mom a dollar.
5. Ask for permission to use the school art supplies so they don't get lost. (That was mine:)
6. Drink a bottle of water while you do your school work.
Next, we brainstormed some snack and lunch ideas and field trips. We discussed the daily schedule, too. Though it can't be the same everyday, we strive for routines.
Since we are going to be referring to a lot of timelines this year, the kids made their own timeline of their life starting with their birth and spanning into the future. Here's what they created. I think I'll keep these precious papers for a very long time.
Miriam, 6th grade. She's not thrilled about being the oldest this year, but honestly I'm looking forward to spending some time with this special girl.
Elizabeth, 4th grade. I love the way that she thinks in pictures.
Joseph, 3rd grade. He even included the date for when pictures of Pluto will be transmitted back to Earth. Who knew?
Rebekah, 1st grade. How could my baby girl be a first grader already? She's so ready and very excited!
John, PreK. I love the picture of him being a doctor when he grows up. He loves to help people especially when they need a bandaid.