Wednesday, June 04, 2008

My BIG little girl!

Yesterday was Shelby's first day of "summer school". She had her Kindergarten screening a couple of weeks ago and she scored a bit lower on her test than they like for them to. I spoke to the teachers at school and they said that they felt like her timid personality was holding her back a bit from answering some of the questions that she probably knew but might have been a bit unsure of. They felt it best to send her to summer school so that she can learn the procedures of school, the teachers, etc. It was a hard pill for me to swallow considering that at her daycare I have always been told that she was in the top of her class. Her daycare teachers were very shocked to hear this news as well. Shelby is a model student in class. She has never been in the slightest bit of trouble and always completes the tasks she is given. Her biggest downfall is that she has a very shy and reserved personality. She does get this from me, of course. I remember the nervousness and butterflies I would get before each new school year. It is mortifying to me to think of it all over again. I just wish I didn't have to put her through it! With all of that being said, I think that not sending her would only be holding her back from being the best she can be in Kindergarten. So, onward march I suppose!

They had open house Monday night at the school. We attended and when we got there she was already crying and thinking of every excuse to get out of attending: tummy ache, her head hurt, her shoulders hurt, she thought she was going to be sick, etc, etc. Needless to say by the time we left she was super excited for today to come! She loved her teacher who was very nice. She thought the classroom was very "cool". She got to see where she was going to sit (at the front of the class, by the teacher). We took her and let her pick out a couple of new "school outfits" before we headed home as well as a new backpack.

This morning when I woke her up to get ready, she popped right out of bed. I said, "Shelby, it's time to get up." She responded with, "Time for the Kindergartener to get out of bed!" She was grinning from ear to ear. She picked out which outfit she wanted to wear and she was ready to roll.

Due to the fact that I have one of the very few admin jobs in my company it's hard for me to adhere to the summer school schedule of 8:45-2:00. I informed my boss yesterday that I would be late today and I went with Brien to take her on her first day. We sat with her while she ate breakfast and then when we got ready to leave as the teacher was getting ready to take the children to their class she smiled as we kissed her goodbye. Yes, I said she smiled. You could tell in her face that she was a bit nervous but she made out like a pro and she was excited and looking forward to the day! I am so proud of my little girl that I can hardly contain myself. She did a lot better today than I had ever anticipated. I think that the fact that I am an expecting mommy (HELLO HORMONES!!!) and I didn't cry is saying a lot for me.

It's going to be a fun month of summer school for her and she is going to be prepared for the year ahead at summer's end, so all is well that ends well.

9 comments, add yours here:

Lori said...

Just wait...she will excel and be the top of her class. She just needs to adjust and feel comfortable. No worries..it will all be great:)

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

How precious honey. She growing up isn't she. I just love your babies Tisha. They are the best. Have a great day. Big hug. :)

Susie said...

What a great opportunity for her. I have never heard of a program like this. Once school starts in the fall, she is going to be at the top of her class!

Desert Songbird said...

She'll be ahead of the game by the time school start in the fall. Good for you, Shelby!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Wow, summer school before even starting school! That's a great idea though, to get her used to and excited about it. And she'll be so much better prepared in the fall. :)

Kim said...

I think your daughter will do just fine! My son was the shyest kid I know and I was terrified to send him to school and the school thought he wasn't as smart as he is. But once he got to school and around the other kids he opened up. He opened up so much that now the teachers are saying that he's a little social butterfly. It's amazing what school will do for some kids.

Linda said...

What a big happy smile Shelby has! And she does seem to have grown right before our very eyes!

I'm sure she'll do fantastic in school once she gets used to the newness of it. Before you know it, she'll be Valedictorian!

Heart of Rachel said...

I have great confidence in Shelby and I'm sure she will shine in school.

Travis said...

It sounds like she's going to do just fine.