Some of my favourite things about the beginning of school were the smell of all the new textbooks; the clean and crisp, white pages of exercise books; the new pens and extra-sharp pencils; the new suitcase; the (usually)new uniforms; the new pencil boxes; the new teachers; seeing old friends again, the smell of new crayons, etc. Unfortunately for me, reality ALWAYS set in on day two (and sometimes at the end of day ONE) where the homework assignments were piled on, books had to be covered, actual work had to be done, that sort of thing. (Needless to say, in MY school, I ALWAYS have "orientation" for the first day - all the fun stuff about school and NO WORK. Isn't that great?)
So, the first quarter usually went by fairly smoothly but by the second, my grades had begun to slip, I'd been in trouble with the "law" a few times by then; and it was pretty much a downhill slide from there to the end of the year, at which point I'd be clinging to every little mark in every little test I could, to keep from failing, or falling deeper into the bad graces of all my teachers (never mind the principal himself)... Well, I have to say I'm remembering high school more than primary school. Primary school was a breeze! I just hope the high school experience for these two will be a wonderful thing!
I could say more....but let's move on. Here are some "beginning of school" pics.
|Orientation day Pencil Cake|
|Big smile on the first official day of work!|
|Painting like Cezanne|
|Doing a still life.|
|It's fun to paint!|
And now, before I honour you with any more loquacious words of wisdom, I MUST sign off....