Yesterday was Meredith's first day of first grade! How did our little girl get so grown up?
I was a little bit nervous for her. Kindergarten here is very play-based, and it really isn't that much of a leap from the preschool she attended. First grade, on the other hand, is much more structured and academic. When we attended the "Meet the Teacher" night, Meredith was a bit taken aback when she walked into the classroom and realized there were no toys in there. Alex was extremely disappointed with the first grade room, and he was not happy that he had to settle for scribbling on a scrap of paper from my bag to entertain himself.
The other source of my anxiety about first grade is related to a big development from the end of the last school year. Right before kindergarten ended, Meredith was diagnosed with developmental vision delays. I'll explain more about that in a future post, but essentially, she's a very bright little girl whose eyes didn't develop properly, which makes things like reading and writing very difficult. We're working with specialists to correct the problem, but in the meantime, school may present some difficulties.
Fortunately her teacher seems very understanding about the whole situation, and I started the school year optimistic for Meredith.
Her chosen attire for the first day of school:
I asked her to smile for me, but she's only willing to do big cheesy grins and not her natural gorgeous smile. I'll take what I can get.
I'm happy to say that her first day of school was a success! She was disappointed that some of her closest friends aren't in her class this year, but she had a great time playing with them on the playground, and she's already made two friends in her new class. Her teacher called me last night just to touch base with us, and she said that Meredith was delightful and a joy to have in the classroom. Way to make mommy proud, kiddo!