Summer has wrapped up with a last camp out for the long weekend. I will post some pictures of that later.
The kids started school on Tuesday and it was a bit of a mess. PJ and Q do a gradual start for the first 3 days, they go from 10 until 11. What's the point you ask??? I don't know. Friday they will go the normal time 8:30-11:00.
Sebass started his first day of first grade at 10:30 and went until 12:00. They use the first day to place students who did not register prior to June '07. The Montessori students going from kindergarten into first grade are considered new students even though they have gone to this school already. I don't know why. It made things a bit confusing and Sebass hung in there but he was a bit nervous.
He did really good on day two (today) where he attended his regular hours 8:30-2:30. When I got there to pick him up he was in tears. The teacher said he did great until 2:20 and then he fell apart. She said this is normal and this usually happens to about 1/2 the class every year. They are not used to the long day and are asking to go home around 2:00 she said.
Sebass told me he liked school and he wanted to go again tomorrow, but he missed PJ and Q and that is why he was crying. He said he wanted to have lunch with them and when he found out he couldn't his stomach hurt so he did not eat at all. I thought it was sweet that he misses his bother and sister instead of his mom, but I feel for the kid. I wish I could make it easier for him. I know that he will be fine in a few a days when he makes some more friends in the classroom and gets comfortable, but I still wish I could make it easier for him.
I did not realize that first grade would be so emotional for Sebass and I! I don't think his experience with the long days of Soccer camp and heat stroke helped him out much here. I keep explaining to him that soccer camp was 2 hours longer than his school day is. It will take a few weeks to get into a routine and then things will be fine.