Today was the big day. I must say, it was the best first day we have had in a couple of years. I don't remember ever being so nervous about the school year beginning, but I felt about as panicked as a new teacher in a classroom of 30 students!
Until last night. Last night I finally felt organized enough to start this year off on the right foot. I still have much of the yearly lesson planning to do, but I'm well under-way. I have the whole week completed, so imminent catastrophes have been avoided.
We took a family trip out to the stores last night to buy school supplies. That is something I realized I never really did last year. We just kind of used the old stuff and did a quick job of clearing off the old materials to make way for the new. I made sure this year to get the kids new pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, etc., whether they needed them or not. They'll use it all eventually and new things give them a positive sense of anticipation. With all of their school shelves cleaned up and brand new books setting on them, they could not wait to get under-way with school. My 8th grader had two subjects completed before 8:00 this morning! Always a great start!
I listened to kids read, instructed the younger ones with their math & English, and the kindergartner with her letters until about 1:30 this afternoon. Other than feeling a little numb, I enjoyed the peacefulness of it all.
No complaining, no arguing, no lost pencils, and all work done before 2:00. Whether or not that will happen ever again during the course of this year, I don't know. But it made for an excellent first day of school!
Hope yours goes as well. Would love to hear about it!