School is now no longer a novelty but a routine. Each morning, he is up by 8am and we have about 75 minutes to eat breakfast, get dressed, brush and floss and get out the door. Some days are easier than others but 75 minutes is usually plenty of time.
(Knock on wood) So far we haven’t experienced any serious battles against “I don’t want to go to school” and I feel very lucky since that isn’t the case for some. His teacher, fellow classmates, lunch and recess, all he seems to genuinely like.
One thing we really like about his new school is their emphasis on ‘art’. Above is his class’ name mural, in the hallway. The “W” on the bottom row is his. Around their letter, each student drew pictures.
One day he came home from school and mentioned hearing a song about Vincent Van Gogh. I was initially really surprised but then I remembered in 7th grade, my Art teacher brought in the album “American Pie.” She played the class “Vincent” by Don McLean, which I’d never heard before. And that day, that song became an all time, top 5 favorite. Trying to fuel his enthusiasm, Will and I went downstairs and I found a live version of that song on YouTube and he was kinds interested but when I found this version, he loved it.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of “school” is that we can bike to school, and in about 8 minutes. And going to school the route s mostly downhill. We talk some while riding but mostly he’ll play with Emmet, the lego guy, look around using his binoculars or just read a book. Such a great way to start the day.