On Thursday Emma finished her last day of 1st Grade!!
|Emma with Mrs. Spawn|
Emma had a fabulous year! It started out slow as we were all a little nervous about her starting at a new school again. She went through preschool and Kindergarten in two different towns, and here we were again starting another school year at another school. Andrew and I did not let our worry show, but we became a little concerned as we realized that Emma was VERY AWARE of the fact that she was the "New Kid".
The first few weeks of school we kept on praying as she came home a little quiet and we did not see too many smiles at pickup time. Every day we would cheerfully ask her, "So, did you play with any friends at recess?".....then we held our breath and she would reply, "No, I just like to play by myself the first few weeks of school."
But, pretty soon when we went to pick her up we would see her smiling, laughing, and chatting with friends while she waited for us. And boy did this make our hearts sing!! Her smile came back and now she has a ton of friends. She loves school!
I think this was one of the hardest lesson so far that Andrew and I learned as parents. It was so hard to have no control of our daughter feeling lonely in school. We just had to trust and wait, and be patient.
Emma is an excellent student and very self driven. She always makes sure her work is done perfectly and excels in all of her academics. BUT her favorite is reading! She is such a bookworm and loves to read, which we are so happy about. She is now reading at a 3rd grade level and just keeps moving up!
Her teacher and her parents could not be more proud of her!!