Georgia and I went to school today so G could meet her new teacher and check out the classroom. We also met the two classroom assistants. All three ladies seem very nice and I think Georgia will get along splendidly with them.
Georgia did great today. A little shy, but nothing like I've seen her do in the past with strange adults. She looked at the teacher when she was talking to Georgia and she helped clean up so toys we took out. She occupied most of her time exploring the room, looking at letter puzzles (and saying the letters aloud), and sitting in the book nook reading to herself (though whispering words out loud and signing along with the pictures--how PROUD was I of that???!! It helped that we have a lot of the same books at home, so she already knows some of them!) while I filled out paperwork and talked to the teacher. I don't want to jinx anything, but think Georgia is going to do well. She doesn't go back until Friday and that's just for an hour with half the class. Way to drag it out, eh? Next week will be the real deal, but I KNOW she's excited about it. When I asked her today if she wanted to go to school she said "Yes," and walked right out to the car with me. When we were walking into the school she was saying/signing "school" and trying to say "teacher." I said all the things I said for summer school and last year (i.e. "Are you going to play with your friends? And sing songs? And see your teacher?" etc etc, and she knew exactly what I was talking about. She really does well with repitition in just about everything, and I find if I use the same phrases it really helps trigger her brain so she knows what I am talking about. I think I have to say that to the teachers (it's all just dawning on me as I type this) because I am sure it would help with transitions if she always heard the same upbeat phrase, "Let's go to the bus!" etc.
Anyhow, though she didn't use her backpack today or ride on the bus, this was her official first day of school, so I took a picture. I told her to look like she was thinking big thoughts. (I really did.)