Soren – Back to School – Year One

Today was the first day of school for Soren.  Like many of the kids, he was eager to get his day started with his friends fresh with a hair trim. Up early, dressed & excited to start year One (1st grade back in the States).  Other kids, were all tears at drop off.  
Maebh also had a home visit from Miss Samuels & Sheila Ingles, the nursery teacher.  It was great to have them here to explain the process for Maebh and see her living situation, favorite toys, etc.  It was a nice home visit and they are just such great teachers.  Soren loved them last year in Reception and I know Maebh will too.   She’ll start the school year with 5 kids in Reception and 5 kids in Nursery.  In January a few more will start and again after Easter, a whopping 7 more will start so they’ll be 12 of them in all.  So more than double it was from the start but in reality such a low number when you consider area schools and crisis’s with too many students and no enough spots. 
I just returned from picking up Soren from his first day as a Year One student. He had a great day… told me about where he sat in the class, next to whom.  He also told me he got to see an Ox shoe as Mrs. Newstead took a trip to France and brought it back from a barn.

UPDATE:  September 12, 2013  Today after school, I had Soren do a little homework by reading his pages.  He was tired and really wanted to just watch TV and not have me tape him.  Ha!!  But I must say that he really impresses me with his reading skills at age 5 1/2!  I know, I know, gloating Mom!!

This was a perfect opportunity to use our chalkboard wall! 

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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