Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Officially kindergartners

Today was the day and everyone was excited! Both girls got up with smiles on their faces, ready for breakfast so they could get dressed and head to school. Boy do they look a LOT BIGGER to me.

Compare to last year--PreK 2, at 4 1/2 years old.
And the year before, Pre-K 1, at 3 1/2 years old.
Len and I walked them into class and chatted with Qiongwei lao shi before heading out.The girls cheerfully kissed us goodbye and skipped into the classroom.
We had Lucy's followup post-surgery visit with Dr. Vicari after school. She still has a mouth and nose full of stitches but she has been approved for gymnastics and monkey bars. He gave us some saline rinse to help keep her nose clear (it was pretty caked up with snot and blood...and stitches...not something I've felt I can mess around with to help clear it). After her bath tonight we used the rinse and glory be--she managed to get out an amazing amount of stuff. She felt so much better! He wants to see her again in 3 weeks.

On the way home, I put on an audio book, which, can I just say, is THE SINGLE MOST AMAZING THING for long car rides! They are completely hooked on the Lulu books by Hilary McKay, narrated by Jilly Bond. Her writing is quite funny, the stories are just perfect for this age (but are an easy listen for adults as well) and the narrator is perfect in tone, making it easy to follow who is speaking in the story.

However, this happened not long after leaving the doctor's office at 4:30.
School is, apparently, exhausting.

They rallied during supper and said they had both worked on the Hundreds board and writing in pinyin. Lucy said today that math is her favorite subject. Kate couldn't decide between math and reading. It's so lovely to hear how much they enjoy learning but it is certainly a taxing job going back to listening and speaking all day in Mandarin.  They both eagerly climbed into bed with lights out by 7pm.

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