"I can do anything." --Madeline
That's the mantra I went in with today as I dropped Emmalyn off at her first day of school. (so maybe we watched Madeline
Granted, she's only there for an hour and a half today--but still!
For this first week, the children only go for a limited amount of time to get them acclimated to the classroom. Next week, Emmy will go two days a week, for four and a half hours at a time.
Seriously, this whole time leading up to her going to school I've had My Brave Face on, and truly I believed it. But, y'all, when I drove away from her school this morning, it hit me!
I cried painful sobs all the way home.
& it wasn't even because she was crying, because she wasn't.
I think the depth of the whole situation took me by surprise. My little girl is growing up. Sounds terribly cliche, I know... but it's true. She baffles me everyday with her ever-growing conversations and stories, her kindness (we'll leave out the part about her ever-growing temper), and her sense of wonder and curiosity.
You might wonder why, as a stay-at-home-mom I'd be sending my child to school? Why not soak up every.single.moment? Well, to be honest, we were getting bored with one another. It's not like we didn't go out and explore almost everyday (and with other kids) but I could tell that I wasn't giving my daughter enough at home. She needed something else.
And I'm okay with that. Not an ounce of guilt.
She's insanely curious and always getting into things. When we moved to our new town, we literally went "school shopping" until we found what we thought was the perfect fit for Emmalyn. This school focuses more on the child's freedom to explore, discover, and select their own work. They empower independence through asking questions, puzzles, and focus on learning without having to be "spoon-fed" by the teacher. This is something we felt was important for Emmalyn based on her personality.
This whole summer I've been extremely excited for her new adventure! Practically every day we talked about her "First Day of School", and Emmy would always ask, "You'll come with me?"
Well, umm... not exactly. I feared she would cry and protest on her first day considering how attached she is to me, but Nope! She was a champ! I was so proud to see her walk confidently into her classroom with her head held high. I think that's the pivotal moment that sent me over the edge into Cry Town... Seeing my little love take on such a brave task.
So how did she do?!
She was super! Which bring me to my next Madeline mantra: "I'd rather be super everything than super nothing." She came out of that classroom with the world at her fingertips. Smiling. Accomplished. Happy. Ready to do it again!
And Mommy was relieved! ...and glad to have my baby back!
& what made it all the more sweeter was having Daddy surprise us at pick-up. Icing on the cake to the Best First Day of School!
The first thing Emmalyn told us about her day was that she made new friends.
Can I get an Awwwww???
I'm so proud of my little love and can't wait to see what she does next!