Monday, August 25, 2008

How am I going to sleep tonight?

Sophie and Sage are starting Kindergarten tomorrow!

They fancy "homework" and can't wait to have it officially, like their brothers. What studious girls!

Key Lime Pie anyone?

Sophie carefully working on her rainbow

Her look when she saw her sister's painting

What? Oops, I left some white showing

Sage decided to blend paint today. A masterpiece! if you can find the paper...

It's not like this is new for me, with 3 sons that loved kindergarten, but this is different... Sophie and Sage have only been home for 2 years, that's less time then they've spent in the orphanage. They had a great experience in preschool, but it was much shorter, a lot of fun, with a one-to-one ratio- hard to beat that. So this will be a big jump for them. They have done great at home, they know their letters & sounds, their phone number, how to tie their shoes- basic 5 year old stuff, but because they've had each other, they've held on to their Cantonese longer, had some twin language, and at first spoke what I call Cantonenglish :)... Now they speak pretty good but often leave off the ending sound, we're working on articulating. Although they've grown a lot, they are so small and cute (barely on the charts). I can't help but wonder... Will they understand their teacher fully and communicate well? Pay attention to the teacher, not to each other? Get lost in the crowd? Make good friends or cling together? They are smart and social girls, but still a little rough on the edges from their past, along with fears of being left. Will they feel comfortable and trust that we'll come back? (They are a lot better with this, but have never been left this long, 5 days a week). Sophie asked me to wait outside the door for her tomorrow.

Although they've done well, I'm sure this will be a big step for them and can be difficult. I'm so glad they have each other and they know how much mom & dad love them!! I'll be helping out in that classroom for sure :)!


Cindy said...

They are just as cute as ever!!! They will do great at school, it might be hard at first. I will keep them in my prayers to have peace and to adjust to five days a week. Also, for you:) They are lucky they have each other!!

Good luck!

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Crystal's Digipages said...

WOW! I can't believe they are starting Kindergarten! (Started, this morning!) I am sure they will be okay; they are very social. What are you going to do with your spare time now? Can't wait to see the post about their first day!

Kelli said...

I am glad you posted their strengths and challenges, we cant tell those from pictures. I even think they looked the right size. hehe. Because there are two of them, I bet they cling to each other more than they maybe should but other than that, I bet they do fine/great! keep us bloggers posted.

Lauren and Ed said...

I think your fears and worries are just like everyone else's...totally normal. It's amazing how quickly children adapt and pick up routines and learning. They will flourish...I am sure of it!!!

Sheila said...

You are such a brave mom to let the girls do all these fun but messy craft projects! Lexie is in afternoon kindergarten C track. We tried for 3 charter schools but no luck..