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1st day of Kindergarten!

     Wow!  Kindergarten??  Really??  Please tell me when that happened.  When did my little baby girl, grow to be old enough to be in Kindergarten?

     Yes, she's been in daycare her whole life.  Yes, she's been in preschool for 3 years now, so I should have been ready for this.  But I wasn't.  It snuck up on me.  And to make it sink in even more, her school has all grades, Kindergarten and up, wear uniforms.  My sweet baby girl is old enough to have to wear a uniform to school!  After she put that uniform on, she looked so grown up to me.  She's no longer a baby, or even a preschooler.  She's now a legitimate school aged kid.

     I'm so excited for her.  She's so bright, and is like a sponge when it comes to new knowledge.  You can sometimes just watch her, and see her trying to figure out things in her head.  Then all of a sudden, she'll say something that just seems beyond her age.  I love watching her learn.  I love listening to her read.  She loves to read, and to be read too.  I know most children love this.  They love to get lost in an imaginary world that's not their own.  They love to pretend that they are in fact one of the characters, or even just a bystander, in the make believe tale.  I'm so proud of her, also, because of how well she reads.  She has really blossomed with her skills.   She's reading level ones and some level 2s all by herself.  Dr. Seuss books are no match for her talent anymore.  She hadn't even been in Kindergarten, and the words just seem to come to her.

      I'm excited for her to see all her old school friends, that she hasn't seen all summer.  I'm just as excited for her to make new friends.  You can never have too many friends, and she just loves being around people.

     I'm excited for her to have a real school schedule.  As much as we loved preschool, there really was a lot of play involved.  And trust me, as a teacher, I know that can be the best way for children to learn.   But to have an actually school schedule is exciting for her.  And, although I know this feeling will wear off, she's even slightly excited to receive homework!

     I'm just excited for her to have all the new experiences that I know are awaiting her.  She has the world in front of her, and she loves it.  I hope the best for this year, and I hope that she loves it!