September 10, 2009

Kindergarten love.

The girls love Kindergarten. Love it. They tell me each and every time I pick them up that their day was "Royal." This is the highest compliment a day, or practically anything, can be given so I know they really do love it.

Holding Hands in the Apple Orchard

They've now also experienced the joys of gym, art, the library, chapel and music -- or "specials" in Kindergarten-speak.

Yesterday, in music class, they sat in chairs all lined up, just like an audience, and sang "hello" to the teacher after she sang "hello" to them. I have now heard them sing "Hel-lo Stu-dents. Hel-lo Tea-cher." no less than 25 times.

"It was simply fantastic Mommy, Michal gushed. I loved it!"

"And I loved it too," Kenna echoed, wanting to make sure I knew that she shared her sister's love for singing hello.

At the library they each checked out an "Olivia" book that we already have at home. That's actually why they chose the books and didn't seem to quite understand why I'd suggest they might want to check out a book we don't have. I guess finding a book you already own is a little like a scavenger hunt, and who doesn't like a scavenger hunt?

I have four new drawings of castles, made in art class, to put up in the kitchen. These drawings were made with markers, which gave them both a thrill since I banned markers in our house when they were two or three. I am really not uptight about messes, especially in the name of art, but after one particularly-unfortunate incident involving a bin of markers and the playroom floor, I banished markers from our house. Completely gone. We have a bin of crayons, a bin of colored pencils, finger paint, acrylic paint, watercolor paint and enough Play-Doh to build a small city, but the materials available for creative expression do not include markers of any type.

Michal and Kenna have now suggested that a five-and-a-half-year-old Kindergartner is old enough to handle the very-important responsibility of using makers. Plus, they reminded me that they've now had art class training specifically on markers and are prepared to use them only on paper.

"We can handle it mom," they told me in unison while pleading their case. "We can handle it. Really, we can."

Maybe someday I will let markers back into the house.

And I'm confident the girls will declare it a "Royal" day if I do.


  1. Oh I am so glad they love it. They sound like such wonderful little girls.

  2. Anonymous11:29 PM

    Markers are also banned in our house for the same reason. I just can't police the use of them well enough for my own sanity. Thankfully, LeighAnna has become quite the artist using crayons. They are so underrated. Glad the girls are enjoying school. We just started too!

  3. Anonymous12:34 PM

    I've never heard of a chapel on public school grounds. Do they really go to chapel?

  4. Michal and Kenna attend a private school. They have chapel with the entire elementary school every other week.

  5. You are such a good storyteller. I enjoyed M and K's first day almost as much as you did. They are such precious girls. Thanks for sharing your funny stories.

  6. I loved this post. It was sinply Royal!

  7. Same for us, we used to have no markers in the house. These days our twins being 7 they are a bit more responsible... Love the picture of them holding hands ;-)

  8. Anonymous2:38 PM

    When A & S were toddlers I counted the markers etc. b4 putting them back up on the shelf. Then I knew they were all accounted for and wouldn't end up mysteriously on a wall somewhere. Seems so long ago. They grow up so fast. So happy M & K are loving school! Sounds like they have a full and fun-packed half day at school.

  9. Your girls are absolutely adorable! Cute story. :)

    Thanks again with the decorating help. It was so kind of you!

  10. What a coincidence. I recently banned markers in our house after my 5 and 3-year-old daughters colored their little brothers feet and then encouraged him to walk all over our hardwood floors, leaving a trail of red footprints behind. Ackk!!!!



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