While this has been a hard fall for me (I picked up an unexpected class at CMU, plus my other class, plus my job, plus Chinese school), it's been fantastic for the girls. I wanted to remember how well they've been doing.
Liv tranferred to a new school (an environmental charter school) this fall. Now, call me crazy, but switching schools in 7th grade seems like a terrifying prospect to me. This kid has flourished. We had our first parent/teacher conference this week, and it was rave reviews all the way around. No concerns academically or socially, and she's great to have in class. Straight As on her report card. A solid group of friends who go shopping together, braid each other's hair, and wear matching bows, necklaces, and scarves. (It's like Heathers 2013. If they start playing croquet I'm gonna hide the drain cleaner.)
One of her twice-weekly activities is field games. Said her teacher, "She might not have the best Knock-out skills, but she plays hard and has a great time."
I'm beyond impressed at how well Olivia has handled this. This school has a distinctly different approach to education than her previous school; the number of students in her grade is easily three times what she was used to; she has a longer day and a longer school year. She plunged right in and embraced it all. She has a great relationship with her teachers, and her teachers are the kind who send you an email when your kid does well on a math test she was dreading AND let your kid call you from class to tell you her good news.
And Bea... To be honest, I had some serious concerns about how she'd do in Kindergarten. Turns out she loves it and is thriving in the classroom. She pays attention (though, her teacher said, she DOES try to touch everything during circle time), does her work, and comes home either passed out asleep or eager to do her homework. She's learning to read, she's a giant fan of Messy Monday (art day), and is always ready to tell you when you are wrong because "that's not what my teacher says."
Her teacher does a sweet thing where she makes a construction paper heart, strings it on yarn to make a necklace, and writes on there things like, "You really warmed my heart today when you were helping your classmates clean up the mess from the block corner" or "You really warmed my heart with your good manners and kindness today." The first time Bea got a heart, she refused to take it off and fell asleep with it clutched to her chest. She now has 10 hearts, and will tell you that 87 times a day, just in case you might have forgotten.
I'm just amazed by the progress she's made -- emotionally, socially, academically -- in the last three months.
So proud of both of my girls. They are awesome.