The boys have survived the first two *full* weeks of school. There were no long weekend or teacher prep days in there and they had to deal with getting back into the swing of things feet first. Our prep for going back to school didn’t work out as planned and the boys went back in a rush rather than a slow peaceful transition. And even though I could beat myself up over that, I choose not to. Yes, I did admonish my timing a bit but “oh well”. It happens and they survived. Life goes on.
The first two weeks have been different for each child. I now know how differently my children actually are from one another and I knew not to expect Mats’ experience to be anything like Maks’ experience was. They are just that different.
Mats first couple weeks were nowhere as traumatic as Maks were when he started grade one. Mats’ has been going to this school for two years now, he knows where things are and he knows the staff in the office. Even though he is the more introverted of the two boys, he is very comfortable in his surroundings and that makes a big difference. Mats’ also has (what I like to call) “hand me down” teachers. Both his English and his French teacher have taught Maks before so when they saw Mats name they recognized him as the little brother. Mats’ English teacher is the summer school teacher that helped Maks master reading. From what I remember of her, she is very patient and willing to help. Mats’ French teacher is Maks’ grade two French teacher. She is quiet and reserved but spends a lot of time helping the children understand what they are doing rather than just having them complete tasks. When you are just starting to learn a brand new language this is important. So far Mats’ only complaint is that he has way more homework now than he did in kindergarten. And if that is the only complaint, I am good with that.
Maks’ first couple of weeks has been similar to this brother. He thought he was getting teachers that he had had before but it turns out there are two teachers with the same name teaching the same grade (talk about confusing!) and he ended up with the teacher he didn’t know. He is in a split class so he is getting some insight into what the older kids are doing and what will be expected of him next year. I think this is a good thing, him not so much. He really likes his English teacher. She is very modern and doesn’t believe in homework so they will not be getting daily homework this year. They will get major projects but no tasks to complete at home on a regular basis. She created a group text and she sends out updates to the parents via group messaging. It is interesting. I am not used to having this much information on his daily activities but I do like that she has the parents involved.
So far neither has had any major disasters and they seem to be adjusting to things with relative ease. Hopefully the rest of the year stays just like this.