It’s been a while since the first day of school, but my parents made me promise to post pictures of the experience, so here they are:
We have a bit of a tradition where we give the kids Schultüten — German “school cones.” When I was a kid, my family was stationed in Bavaria, and I’d always see pretty school cones hanging in shop windows, and thought they were neat. Parents fill the cones with fun school supplies (pencils, colorful erasers, stickers, etc.) and other treats to give kids the night before the first day of school.
(So, I should admit: my reaction to seeing these in German shop windows as a child was more like “What? German kids get presents for the first day of school? How come I don’t get a present?!?”)
I don’t have the patience to form paper into proper cones, so we have something more like “school triangles.” The kids don’t seem to care:
Here’s Jeffrey on the first day of second grade. He loves school so much!
William was thrilled to go back to preschool for another year:
And Eleanor had her first day of kindergarten. She’s very proud of her polka-dot backpack:
Ella’s teacher allowed parents to come into the classroom on the first day of school, which was wonderful. I helped Eleanor decorate a paper leaf with a picture of what she did this summer. She drew herself swimming in her pink swimsuit:
Then Ella’s teacher sang a “welcome” song to everybody. Ms. O. is adorable; just barely taller than her students, it seems.
It looks like the beginning of a great year! (Excepting the continued complaints I get about Jeffrey’s problems in school . . . siiiiigh.)