Childhood Education

This past Tuesday was the first day of the new school year and the beginning of Maya’s 2nd grade year. She has been a ball of nerves the last few weeks in anticipation of the start of the school year. There were so many things she was worried about from who her teacher was going to be, to who was going to end up in her class, to being upset that her amazing teacher from last year wasn’t going to be her teacher again this year. In her little prone to anxiety mind she built up the nervousness and was truly a bag of nerves on the first day.

One Monday we met her teacher, Mrs. Henson. She is a new teacher and Maya was really excited about that. We learned that 8 of the kids from her class last year are in her class again this year and her new teacher lived up to Maya’s expectations. Maya declared her to be super nice after just a few minutes of reassuring conversation with her.

Tuesday was the first official full day of school.

Tuesday, after some tears and declarations of not wanting to go to school, we made it out the door and headed to school. She put on a brave face and was even a tiny bit excited for what the first day would hold.

Maya came home from school saying she had a good day, her teacher was awesome and super nice and there are a good bunch of kids in her class. I was very proud of her for fitting through the nerves and making her first day a good one. Although her anxiety is still pretty high she is handling it well and has had a great first week so far.

Here’s to a great 2nd grade year for this girl!

It is seriously laughable how difficult it is to find time these days to sit down and bust out a blog post. I think one of my resolutions for 2015 needs to be to do a better job at churning out new content for this here blog!

Anyway, a little over a month ago our Miss Anna took a big step into the world of becoming a big girl, she started preschool!

She had been saying since before Maya headed back to school this year that she wanted to go to preschool. She would tell anyone who would listen that she was going to start preschool (even though I hadn’t signed her up or planned on sending her this year). My original plan for this year was to do some at home preschool type stuff with her, sign up for a few classes like gymnastics and then send her to preschool next year. She still seemed so little to me. After much bugging I decided she was ready and I needed to get her into a program. A friend of ours recommended their program to us and they happened to still have an opening in their 3s class so we I looked into it. We did a tour and we loved it! She started class the following week.

The first few weeks were a little rough. She was shy and sad every time I dropped her off and begged not to go back :( I was surprised by her reaction given how much she begged to go and how not shy she usually is. But, the last couple of weeks have gone really well. She doesn’t cry at drop off anymore and is all smiles and full of stories when I pick her up. Progress!

The program is only twice a week for 2.5 hours, similar to what Maya did her first year of preschool. I think it is a good way to start. I can’t believe she is already at this stage. She is growing up so fast.

Last Wednesday was Maya’s last day of school. Her final day of Kindergarten.

This year has just flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was sending a somewhat excited, very nervous 5 year old off to her first day of school. And now, here she is 9 months later, a spunky 6 year old full of new knowledge and ready to face the challenges of the first grade.

She learned so much this year. She was so lucky to have an incredibly good teacher. Mrs. Fadden is the best and was really the perfect teacher for Maya. So much learning and growing is packed into kindergarten and Maya soaked it all up with gusto. It will be wonderful to see what next year has in store for her.

But, for now, we will sit back and enjoy a fun filled summer break!


Today was a big day at our house, it was Maya’s 1st day of kindergarten!

I woke her bright and early and after a nice breakfast and after everyone was ready to go we headed to school.

When we got to school we headed to the kindergarten entrance and Maya found the line for her class. She bravely stood in line behind her friend Megan. You could tell she was a bit nervous, but she was also pretty excited. After the first bell rang her teacher, Mrs. Fadden, came out and greeted all the kiddos and walked them down the hallway to their classroom. Normally parents aren’t allowed to accompany the kids into their class but her teacher made an exception today so we could see where they will sit and get a nice class picture. It was so cute watching all these nervous 5 year olds navigate around the room, collect their name tags and pencil boxes and find a seat. Maya and Megan sat together along with a little girl they had met in line. It was adorable.

Once all the kids had arrived and found a seat, Mrs. Fadden had them all gather at the front of the room and line up for a nice class picture. They came up will silly things to say instead of the usually “cheese” to keep them all giggling and smiling.

After picture time it was time for the grown ups to leave and the day to start. A few kids, including Maya ran to give another quick hug to mom and dad. Surprisingly there weren’t many tears, all the kids were so brave. It looks like a great bunch of kids in Maya’s class and I think she’ll have a wonderful year with them and make some great new friends. Not to mention her teacher is AWESOME, I already love her!

It was weird leaving the school knowing she would be there all day. I’m so used to having her around, and even when she was in preschool it was only 3 days a week for half days. It felt like 3pm was so far away. I managed to keep it together all through drop off but as I was driving to the grocery store after leaving the school I had a good little cry. I cried because my first baby is already in kindergarten. I cried because I am so proud of her. I cried, well, because that is what we moms do ;)

When the end of the day finally rolled around Anna and I walked over to the school and picked Maya up. You could tell, as they walked out the door lined up behind Mrs. Fadden, that they were all pretty worn out from their big first day, but they were all smiles. Maya was full of stories on the walk home of all the fun things they did today and things they get to do tomorrow. She had a wonderful first day and is excited to go to school again tomorrow. This is going to be a great year for her!

Maya had her second, and last, camp of the summer this week, Art Camp! She was really looking forward to this camp and it didn’t disappoint. She had a great time and came home with an amazing little portfolio.

Back in the early spring when I was finding camps to sign her up for I stumbled across a bunch of art camps offered through Museo Art Academy in downtown Issaquah. Each camp was a week long (4 days) and had a different focus. There was drawing, clay sculptures, mixed media and painting. I asked Maya if she would be interested in doing and art camp and if so which one would she like to do. She was totally up for it, not a surprise coming from our little artist, and decided on the painting session. I got her all signed up and her little friend, Ava, decided to join in the fun too.

She had a great time. Every day when I picked her up she was beaming and said she had a great time at camp that day. They came home with little free drawings they had done throughout the morning but the paintings were kept until the end. I couldn’t wait to pick her up today and finally get to see all her projects. I knew they would be good since Maya loves art and puts a lot of thought and effort into her projects, big or small. Her little portfolio was incredible. It contained 7 paintings. They learned about many different types of paintings including still lifes, landscapes and portraits. She is so proud of her collection.

I need to pick up some frames and display a few of these pieces!

I’m so glad she enjoyed the camp and I’m so proud of her creations. She said she’d like to take art classes there this year so I’ll have to look into those.