Sebastian started third grade at the same Waldorf school he was able to get into last year. He has the same teacher and mostly the same kids in his class which has proven to be a great way to start the year without having to wade through a month of forming relationships and learning class rules/boundaries, etc. They were able to go on a field trip to pick berries and apples the second day of school thanks to invested parents and a brave teacher!
Ruby is also starting preschool this year but not until we move back to Springfield in a few weeks. We didn't want to have to pull her from the only classroom setting she's known after only a month and make her do it all over again somewhere new. It didn't keep her from packing her backpack, though!
After the opening ceremony in the courtyard to celebrate another year of learning and catching up with all of the mamas I hadn't seen all summer, Ruby and I headed to the back lot to reacquaint ourselves with the goats, chickens, and bunnies.
I couldn't believe how much the garden had exploded over the summer thanks to a knowledgeable gardener that teaches the kids about agriculture and help from more invested parents. They've got beautiful flowers, vegetables growing from hay bales, a hoophouse full of tomato plants, a rainwater barrel, compost pile, a new adobe house for the kindergarteners to play in, stumps around a fire pit for full moon bonfires after hours, etc. The kids not only learn how to grow things, they're learning to respect the hard work everyone has put into tending such a space and help care for it themselves.
They've actually been in school for two-and-a-half weeks now. Each Friday is outdoor education and since they had harvested berries and apples that first Friday, they made mini berry pies to take home the second Friday and Ruby, Smith and I helped them make apple butter this last Friday! Sebastian's teacher really is one of those special ones that I know he'll always remember.
In other news, Ruby has decided she's willing to wear a pony tail, FOR REALS THIS TIME.
That girl. She'll be five in less than two months and I really can't wait to keep seeing her personality unfold. She's such a fiesty, creative, loving little person. I'm also pretty sure I'll be holding back the tears when she heads to half day school soon. An end of an era all over again but also such a beautiful thing to see how much they grow when they venture out.