Maria started First Grade and she is going along like gangbusters. I have been mostly picking up Anthony from school and my mom has been getting the girls so I don't have much experience with the end of her day, but she seems really happy. I walked her in today because her backpack was heavy and she really impresses me - she grabbed that heavy backpack from me and marched right over, sat down in the middle of five kids and started talking away, laughing and nodding. She hasn't been on pink since the first day of school (pink is the highest on the behavior chart), mostly because of TALKING, but she isn't doing badly and at least she has a goal, ha! She is super excited to be back.
I'm going to start volunteering in the library at the school and when I told her she said, I go to that library every day! Ha! I'm glad she is still excited at the prospect of me being at her school. I remember when I was little and my mom sometimes subbed as an aide, I was SUPER excited about it.
She is reading two books a night and she is doing pretty well! She is impatient, which I can also remember, in that she will just make up a word rather than sound it out, but she is getting better. She is being driven mad by Felicity, as are we all. Felicity is in with them which had been going fine, but now that Felicity is in preschool three days a week, she takes a nap those days and can stay up late to terrorize her sisters. Last night I paid Maria $1 to lie in bed with her, ha!
She is very sweet with Anthony, always high fiving him and saying a sweet, if a little patronizing, "hi, buddy!", when she sees him. She still drives me crazy about half the time but that's not bad, right? I feel very proud of her and am bullish for the future, two of my favorite emotions. Here's some pictures:
End of August
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