School started in August, and Nora was so excited to be a bus rider. I think she had always been a bit jealous that Emily got to the ride the bus back in DeKalb, so things were finally even. Every morning we waited at the end of the driveway until the bus came, and then she skipped/ran/flew onto the bus and sat in her assigned seat. Off she went! I have to admit after driving her to Montessori for three years and bringing her into the classroom, this hands-off approach was odd at best, downright impersonal at worst. However, Nora was happy and that's all that mattered.
Nora was very blessed to have one of the most caring, funny, and loving teachers in the profession. Mrs. Anderson, or Mrs. A. as the kids called her, quickly became near and dear to Nora's heart. She made art featuring Mrs. A., talked about her incessantly, and complained that she should be able to go to school on the "S" days (ie Saturday and Sunday). Mrs. A. loved her back (but I think Mrs. A. loved all the kids, so there wasn't any favoritism or anything going on).
Here are some photos from the first half of the school year. I think Nora had a wonderful first-grade experience, complete with field trips, new friends, and lots and lots of birthday parties to attend. In a future post I'll have Nora share some of her experiences in her own words.
Spencer Pointe 2011
|The entrance to the school|
|Room A-113 and Mrs. A. in pink and chartreuse!|
|Nora's desk...she was super secret agent number 7.|
|Mrs. A.'s desk|
|Smiling on the first day of school|
|Waiting with Dad for the bus|
|Bus coming down the road!|
|Yes, Nora is telling the bus driver where to go.|
|Beautiful tribute to Mrs. A. The best part about this pic is that|
Nora really captured her likeness!
|Nora's School Photo...she looks so grown up.|
|Nora was chosen as student of the week|
in November. She made a poster about
her interests and presented it to the class.
|The poster...I love that she can go to Mom's work.|