I was emotional, obviously, my second son was off to school. It felt "real" like all the other stuff he's been doing has just been pretend or fake. School seems to make it "real"...everything - going to bed early / sleeping well / getting up in the morning / getting dressed / eating breakfast - there is a purpose now - have to have energy and ability to focus on learning and oh my goodness the volume of that word "learning"... its enormous.
I feel like with Mark it's all new - new process, new format, new rules, new friends, new expectations... he is a good "new" person - i think he likes new stuff. new shoes, new lunch box, new path to school...he is non-judgmental so anything different is just that 'different'... he will accept the different and usually embrace it.
With Noah its intensity this year. He knows the rules, he knows his responsibility, he knows the expectations of going to school. Everything is just more intense. And i do not mean intense in a bad connotation. No more excuses anymore - you've been in school for 2 years now - this is your 3rd year in this format - you should 'just know' how to exist there and with that knowing we are going to expect/demand MORE from you... i think he will do fine, great...he is a people - pleaser like his momma so i do think he will rise to the challenge.
It should be an interesting year. Noah will have homework - starting on Monday - 2 sheets of language arts and 2 sheets of math - his teacher flat out said "math program is intense - if you need help, please let me know"...i'm wondering to myself - how hard could it be - i "got" the stuff last year - it made sense to me...in fact i thought how would my education have been different had i been taught like this - maybe i would have done ever better...this core curriculum made sense to me... and a lot of folks it does not.
Mark's homework starts in September - the teacher said "its not required"...how is that even a possibility? How can we expect our kids to know / do better when there is no practice at home...I do believe after having Noah in school and going through "homework in the evenings" that it does make the kids smarter / better equipped to have their parents 'do it with them'... it will be 'required' for Mark in our house. We will make the time. We will make the effort. The expectation is that this is what is required. And we will see...
First day pictures were amazing - I thought the light looked great and the boys looked awesome in their new clothes/shoes in front of our amazing home.