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Laurel T., first grader.

Laurel started first grade today. She went in pretty chipper in the morning, though intimidated by the fact that the first through fifth graders sit together in the cafeteria. (Kindergarten and morning pre-k students sit at separate tables on the other side of the cafeteria.) I ran into one of my Cub Scouts on our way out of the cafeteria and he went over to Laurel and said hi, so she felt better after a third grader talked to her.

She was a little fussy in the afternoon because she wanted to go to the on-site after-school program, but I need to secure a job to fund that first (it's $55/week to attend 3-5 days a week). I'm seriously considering applying for the crossing guard position as it was unfilled for part of last year and is again "for the unforseeable [sic] future" as a flier sent home today announced. Four hours a day part-time will easily make enough for her to attend the after-school program, it'll give her something to do in the afternoon while I'm at the street crossing, and it'll get me out of the house more. (Vogon has already said he can run her over to school in the morning.)

She's not sure she likes her teacher yet, but I think once she settles in she'll be a happy camper.

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may_lyn
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
how wonderful!!

brings back my kidlet's first day of school. thoughts of police, and many, many, many trips to the principal's office....*laughs* not really, not on the first day, anyway.
oddharmonic
Aug. 15th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited that she's in first grade I've been beaming since yesterday. (:

Thoughts of police? *boggles*

I'm pretty sure I hold the record for most trips to the principal's office of my siblings, but I was A Bit Of A Problem much of the time I was in public school. The schools were unwilling to place me in a grade where I was an academic fit instead of an age fit, so I would tune out and read or keep textbooks from home under my desk instead of participating in class when I was bored.
may_lyn
Aug. 15th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
once, in jr k, jason stayed awake all through nap time, as usual, and then they went out to recess. they couldn't find him. the whole school ended up looking for him. police was called. (the school was close to a gater infested lake) he was found, asleep, under the teacher's desk.

killi was gifted an entire hour a week! weeee! jason was special ed all the time though. and even though she was making a+'s, killi's 4th grade teacher wanted her held back due to lack of social skills. yeah, flunking and doing all the work over again sure would help with her self esteem.
oddharmonic
Aug. 23rd, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
I bet he looked cute asleep under the desk. (:

I was pretty unimpressed by the gifted program in elementary school, although the dedicated block of accelerated language arts and social studies in middle school wasn't too bad. That's where I met iconoplast!

killi's 4th grade teacher wanted her held back due to lack of social skills.

That has to be the dumbest reason I've ever heard for wanting to hold back a student. Wow. You've seen some amazing stuff, May.
may_lyn
Aug. 23rd, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
i spent so much time researching and enriching the kid's afterschool time.

my mom had the 'leave them alone, they'll be fine' school of childrearing, and i was quite the opposite.

killi's 4th grade teacher really didn't LIKE her. killi actually corrected her, politely, and after class and all, but that teacher....i hate to say she had it in for her, but.

in some ways life has gotten much better, in some ways it's gotten stranger and stranger. all these lawsuits now, and being so careful....like someone praying in school is going to harm another person. this pc stuff is really strange.
angelpez
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Awww. I can't believe she's in first grade already!

Hope you get the job!
oddharmonic
Aug. 23rd, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Neither can I. The pre-k students started this week and they get released to their parents or buses a few minutes before the end of the school day bell and watching them I keep thinking "Laurel was just that big like a week ago." It's weird.

I hope so too! I've called and left a voice mail twice and tomorrow I'm going to be pushy and call until I get a live person because I really, really want to be the crossing guard at my local intersection.
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oddharmonic
Aug. 15th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
No. T is her middle initial.

I was trying to make a reference to the Junie B., First Grader. It's popular with 6-8 year olds. I'm still most loyal to Ramona Quimby, but Junie's fun for early readers.
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oddharmonic
Aug. 23rd, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
I /love/ the Ramona books and still own them all. (:

I got excited tonight at the school's open house because the librarian told me I was welcome to stop by and shelve books anytime. Oh, am I going to have a fun year!
polyhymnia
Aug. 15th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Ramona. She is so funny. Do kids still read those books? I was never a pest like Ramona (I hope!), but I admired her gump.

Junie B. looks like fun too.

I hope Laurel has fun this year. First grade is the best. You learn the cool stuff, but they don't make you work too hard. :-)
oddharmonic
Aug. 23rd, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
Ramona is still popular! There's actually a new-ish release in the series, Ramona's World, which follows her fourth grade year.

Laurel is slowly warming up to first grade. I love her teacher, the kids in her class are sweet, and I think she's going to love tagging along to family Scouting events this year now that she knows her best friend will be there (her friend's older brother is a Cub Scout). I'm happy to bring special crafts and activities for them and other siblings that attend our pack functions.
jessis
Aug. 15th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
I would say "go for it." She'll get extra friend time and it'll get you out of the house/give you a couple of extra bucks.
revme
Aug. 15th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
Hooray! (and I just woke up and I parsed this "Vogon has already said he can run her over to school in the morning." completely wrong. I think my brain dropped the "to school" and i was alll JEEES! That that makes much more sense! Hooray!)
lil_sass
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Such a big girl. I think the crossing guard position would be good for you.
srakkt
Aug. 15th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
"for the unforseeable future" ?

It sounds like what they need more than crossing guards are English teachers.
oddharmonic
Aug. 23rd, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Indeed.

Sadly, I am not presently qualified to be an English teacher.
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oddharmonic
Aug. 23rd, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh. My.

That is the sort of thing that stands out in my memories from that age, though. I can still vividly remember the day I wet my pants in kindergarten.
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