First Grade

I am the mother of a first grader.  How unreal.

Yesterday, she was a tiny baby, who refused to sleep unless I held her.  An early talker, a late crawler, a baby ballerina, a preschooler, a kindergartener...

True, she is almost a year older than I was when I began first grade, due to the August 31 cut-off.  Wow.  She turns seven next month.  SEVEN.

I took her shopping for one perfect back-to-school outfit on Tuesday.  Wednesday morning, we woke early and went out for breakfast.

Spinach and bacon souffle!

Little Sis is not a morning person.

We found her new classroom.  Three of her closest friends from kindergarten were already there.

At her big girl desk.
 What does she think of first grade, so far?  "It's all right.  It's not as fun as kindergarten."


We have some books featuring first-graders to look at this week.

Brand-new Pencils, Brand-new Books by Diane deGroat.  HarperCollins, 2007.  Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene, illustrated by Stephanie Sisson.  Puffin, 2011.  A Pirate's Guide to First Grade by James Preller, illustrated by Greg Ruth.  Feiwel & Friends, 2010. 

But first, we have that homework to tackle!

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  1. My son turns seven in September too and it's absolutely too much for me to swallow. School here starts on August 28th... so we have another week. Where did the time go? She's an adorable first grader btw :)

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. It's crazy how fast time flies now. It seemed to creep along so slowly when we were kids. My little one starts pre-K in 2 weeks. It's hard to believe.

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  2. omh this just took my heart out of my chest and threw it on the ground and ran over it a few times :) --- I feel EXACTLY the same way! Exactly! adorable pix.

    off to go cry.....:0

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    1. Awwww... I don't think it's quite as bad as last year, though. Last year was killer. And she still wants me to walk her to her classroom. That helps. ;o)

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  3. Sweet post! So happy for your first grader. I love the books you shared. I'll have to check those out for my little first grader. Tell G she is rockin' those glasses. Love your blog Danzel! -Tara

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    1. Thank you, Tara!!! I hope we get to see you and your sweet kiddos this year. :o) Miss Thing smiled and said to tell you, "Thanks!"

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  4. Beautiful post! My daughter is starting grade 1 (here we mostly refer to it as 'grade 1' instead of 'first grade') and she is still only 5... in Canada the cut-off date is Dec. 31. So she is one of the youngest ones in her class. I am a little verklempt about her starting full-time school. Good thing she likes it a lot although I'm sure she will agree with your daughter in that kindergarten was more fun than grade 1 will be- not so much play-time anymore- reality setting in!! Also here in Canada we don't start school until after the Labour Day weekend. I am going to check into finding those book recommendations you posted here, they look great!

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    1. Cut-offs and start times vary from district to district, state to state. We live in the same school district I lived in as a child, and I remember starting school in September, too, then not getting out until June. It's changed off and on over the years. I send Little Sis to a private preschool, and she won't start until the end of the month.

      When I was little, kindergarten in our city was half-day, but it's full-day now. The hubby and I kept saying, "Kindergarten is the new first grade!" She had friends in dance class who lived in smaller towns nearby that only attended half-day. It was a huge adjustment for her. She's a mommy's girl.

      I love the Pirate book! It's silly fun. :o)

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