Hanna went to her first week of school last week. She is adjusting nicely. Her older brother, William is also in her preschool class and is guiding her on the “ropes” of the class routine and introducing her to the many learning stations inside the classroom. When they have partner games, he would often choose his sister, Hanna to do the learning games with. I’m so glad that are in the same preschool class, William is in his second year and Hanna is in her first year, and that they could play with each other at home as well as in school. William is being a great older brother to his younger sister.
With no kids at home in the morning, I thought I could enjoy my free time more. Often, I have been spending this time catching up on sleep. It’s a different feeling when your kids start going to school and the house seems empty. Hanna was my buddy when Ethan left for kindergarten. She also stayed at home with me when William started going to preschool. I really missed her and her mischievious antics.
Looking back, on the first day of school, Hanna seemed a bit nervous to me. But she was eager to go to preschool like her big brother. She had wanted me to stay a few minutes longer at drop off. I lingered around their table until they started serving them breakfast and she said I could go. There were no tears that day. Hanna was brave and didn’t cry. They kept her busy at school and you could tell that she enjoyed learning and being educated on the things she didn’t know about before. Like William, Hanna already knew all her letters of the alphabet by the age of two. She could identify and recognize the letters and recite them all in the ABC song. She knew all her shapes and colors. Hanna also could count to from one to twenty before going to preschool. She can write her letter “H” for her name, Hanna. She was well prepared for this new step in her life. I remember last year, she had put on her brother’s backpack and was ready to go with William to his new school. She was so sad and disappointed when I told her “next year.”
This year is Hanna’s time to shine and to learn and grow. I know that she will excel as a new student. She has shown me in acting class and on her auditions/performances that she has the will and self-control to focus on the task at hand and to conquer her fears. She is a very brave and intelligent young girl. She also has a big vocabulary for her age and likes to tell me about the things she is doing in her day.
William is also doing quite well in school this year. He has become more social, easily interacting with the other kids and guiding his sister in the ins and outs of the classroom. This is a big difference from the shy, quiet boy he was last year. He knows what is expected of him, follows the rules, and always raises his hand to answer a question. His teacher calls him a “role model” in her class.
Together, they are the dynamic duo in their preschool class. I am so thankful that they started out together this year in the same class setting and are doing well. They always can learn from each other and I know that their teacher will continue to challenge them and set higher goals for them.