Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Notes to myself....

Just a quick update to document somethings I want to remember....

The second week of school Addison was having some anxiety issues and was refusing to go to school.  Literally a full on melt down every morning.  The first day she told me she didn't want to go to school because she got in trouble and had to move her behavior clip from green to red.  After confirming with the teacher this was not true.

Day two of meltdowns, Addison told me she didn't want to go to school because all the boys would steal her lunch and then she would be starving all day long.  Also, not true!

Luckily Addison's teacher has been amazing with helping me work with her through this transition.  This is a photo that she emailed telling me that Addison was all smiles when she got off the bus.  You can obviously tell that she had been crying.

During one of her meltdowns at our front door, while waiting for the bus....Alexis told her that she needed to "suck it up and deal".  I couldn't help but laugh.  We've now started our own reward system at home that includes: no crying about going to school, no arguing about getting your shoes on in the morning, no whining about getting your hair done and going to bed without issues.  It seems to be working well.....knock on wood, we haven't had a crying spell in over a week!
Last week Addison was one of the two students of the week...
Alexis seems to have adjusted a little easier to kindergarten.  She absolutely loves going to school.  She wakes up every morning before it's time to get up.  She is constantly asking how many minutes until the bus comes.  She is just super cheerful every morning!  I have no idea where she gets that from!!! 
Alexis' class has four children who do not speak English.  Alexis seems to have taking a liking to a boy named Daniel.  Daniel speaks primarily Spanish.  It's been very interesting to hear her talk about him and the Spanish words that she has picked up already. 
According to Alexis her greatest accomplishment in kindergarten thus far, is mastering how to swing herself on the swings at recess.  We've been trying to teach both girls how to do this for awhile.  Two weeks of school and she is a pro!  Addison can almost do it, she just needs a few quick pushes to get started.
All and all, I think both girls are doing well with the adjustment.  It's been quite a bit of a change for all of us!!

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