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The First Day of School (2011)

September 9, 2011

Sophie has come a long way since her first day of preschool last September.  She’s nearly 4-years-old. She is quite a bit taller and her baby cheeks are smaller. She now has short hair and a “big girl” back-pack. The lunch box and shoes remain the same (can’t figure out if the shoes were too big last year or too small this year).

Yesterday marked her first day of school — same preschool as last year, but a new classroom, teacher and new friends. It was hard to tell who was more excited about the first day of school — me or Sophie. Needless to say, she did great, as always. She even went so far as to tell me, “I go to a very special preschool. Because they have dress-up shoes in my classroom.” I think we’re off to a great start and it will be a good year ahead.

first day of school 2011

Happily walking to her new classroom.

As she turned back at me she shouted, “First day of school!”

Me and Sophie in her new classroom

Sophie’s Cubby

Here are a few images of Sophie’s amazing new classroom!

Her new classroom has a “restaurant” snack center where the kids make a reservation, review a menu and serve themselves. Sophie LOVES this!

Colors

More colors

The kids use real paint brushes for art.

Exploring the seashore

All the kids have a paragraph and photo of themselves posted on the board.

41 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2011 9:16 am

    I think I would like to go to Sophie’s school! Love the bio for each kid and the emphasis on art in the classroom.

    • September 10, 2011 9:13 pm

      Thanks, Shary. I find myself envious of the school experience she has. Wish I had the same growing up.

  2. September 9, 2011 9:16 am

    Great photos. We used to take “first day” pix – until they wouldn’t let me!

    • September 10, 2011 9:14 pm

      I follow another blog where the mom took a first day photo of her daughter since preschool. And even when the daughter went off to college, she had someone take her photo so she could send it to her mom back home. I hope Sophie will keep up the tradition like that daughter.

  3. September 9, 2011 9:29 am

    I love how you’re capturing those special moments with photos–life passes us by so quickly.
    Best luck to little Sophie!!

    • September 10, 2011 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much. It does pass way too quickly.

  4. September 9, 2011 9:40 am

    Just beautiful!

  5. September 9, 2011 9:50 am

    So cute! Is she always so happy and smily? Hope Sophie has a wonderful year!

    • September 10, 2011 9:15 pm

      Thanks. She certainly has her moments and meltdowns (we had a few today). But I know I am very lucky that she is truly a happy girl.

  6. Lena permalink
    September 9, 2011 9:52 am

    Lovely as always, great photos.

    Looking at this post I am regretful that I did not better capture William’s transition from the “threes” class to the “fours” class. Darn, missed opportunity! Sophie is adorable BTW!

    • September 10, 2011 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Lena. You’ll just have to capture William’s transition from “fours” to kinder.

  7. September 9, 2011 10:17 am

    What a perfect day! Sophie’s adorable, as always.

  8. September 9, 2011 10:51 am

    What a great start — she’s so independent (I think I have made that probably obvious observation before!). Nice pictures. And I would also like to request the restaurant snack center in my office! Work places could learn so much from preschool.

    • September 10, 2011 9:17 pm

      Isn’t that true? I’m so impressed these kids – at 3 years old – are learning to fend for themselves and get their own snack. It’s more than I can say for so many adults I know!

  9. September 9, 2011 11:22 am

    adorable! That is a nice school. Hope she has a wonderful year there!

    • September 10, 2011 9:17 pm

      Thanks, Erin. You can send N and G up there too! That would be fun 🙂

  10. September 9, 2011 12:04 pm

    How cute is that! Sophie is going to ace this preschool gig! I love all the supplies and wonderful space for the kids. Thanks for bringing us up to speed. I hope you don’t feel obligatory because you have a following of people who enjoy this trail. It may be well-traveled by others but your take is a beautiful version.

    • September 10, 2011 9:18 pm

      Annie, I cannot tell you how much those words mean to me. I love documenting Sophie’s (and my) journey through the blog posts and photos. But sometimes I wonder if people really care to read about it. The fact that you do enjoy it really means a lot. Thank you!

  11. September 9, 2011 12:19 pm

    What a great classroom, and dress up shoes, too! As you say, good year ahead! Go Sophie! 😀

    • September 10, 2011 9:19 pm

      Oh, Julia, the dress-up shoes were the big hit. Aside from the restaurant-style snack center, of course!

  12. September 9, 2011 1:41 pm

    I just love keeping up with Sophie. 🙂

    • September 10, 2011 9:19 pm

      Thanks, Varina. She has quite the little life!

  13. September 9, 2011 4:48 pm

    Love the picture of the art supplies! If my kids were still four I’d be thrilled to send them to that school – so bright, clean, and happy. Four is one of my favorite ages. I was thinking about how much I loved 4-year-olds this morning as I drove my son to school and he was talking about his Driver’s Ed class that the fact that he will soon be eligible for a driver’s permit. How good it is that you are blogging about this precious time and preserving the memories while you share them with others!

    • September 10, 2011 9:20 pm

      Thank you for those nice words. It is a fun age and I can see her change and learn new things every day. I’m sure it goes by fast though; you probably can’t believe how you have a son eligible for a driver’s permit! I know that day isn’t far off in my future.

  14. September 9, 2011 4:59 pm

    Sophie is absolutely adorable. I hope every day will be as great as the first.

  15. September 9, 2011 6:22 pm

    What a wonderful post. Sophie’s classroom looks amazing; I wouldn’t mind hanging out there myself! So many colours and creative craft ideas… Wonderful photographs – thanks for sharing Leah!

    • September 10, 2011 9:21 pm

      Isn’t it wonderful? I was telling someone else I’m sometimes envious of what she learns and her classrooms. Wish I had that kind of experience growing up too.

  16. September 9, 2011 9:27 pm

    She looks SO excited and happy! i love it…. The class room is really terrific! Such a bright, creative space! Thanks for giving us a slice of her day!

    • September 10, 2011 9:22 pm

      You’re welcome. Thanks for always showing such interest. I’m excited for her fun year ahead.

  17. September 10, 2011 5:39 pm

    How cute! Riley just had her little “orientation” to preschool on Thursday and she threw a fit when it was time to leave. Tuesday will be her actual first day when her Daddy and I will drop her off for two and a half hours. She’s been home with me since she was born so this will be quite different for her but I think she is definitely ready. Hopefully I won’t cry! She’s getting big so fast! I can’t wait to post pictures of her first day of preschool. 🙂

    • September 10, 2011 9:23 pm

      Good luck!! I’m sure Riley’s first day will be great. I’m telling you, after a few days, they don’t want to leave school for home. I can’t wait to see the photos you post! And even if you do cry a bit, that’s okay. These are big milestones for us too!

  18. September 10, 2011 8:35 pm

    SO cute! And all those markers, crayons, and paintbrushes look FUN!

    • September 10, 2011 9:24 pm

      Thanks, Sara. Doesn’t it make you want to go to preschool? Makes me wish I could play with markers and crayons all day rather than being on a computer.

  19. September 12, 2011 11:57 am

    Leah- she is the cutest little thing. You know how I feel every time I stop by and see pictures? My heart leaps and I am time traveling to when my girl, Caitlin was this young. We skyped on Saturday night–she is finally homesick–and caught up for an hour. She misses my cooking and sourdough bread and butter. I was surprised she was home on a Saturday night and asked why, “I have SO MUCH HOMEWORK. College isn’t like high school, Mommy. It’s harder, but …. more fun, except for the food, it sucks.” Sniff sniff.. Sophie is such a dear, thanks for sharing.

  20. September 13, 2011 4:42 pm

    Leah, I so enjoyed reading this post about Sophie’s first day of school! She looks raring to go and oh my goodness, is that blue dress cute! She just hams it up for the camera and I love her backpack! Makes me wish I were little again! 🙂

  21. September 13, 2011 5:14 pm

    She looks so grown up! What a great classroom!

  22. September 16, 2011 3:29 am

    I love the annual comparison shots with the ivy in the background. I can really see the change in her cheeks. And her classroom looks adorable. I like the picture/paragraph they have posted on the wall– neat idea!

  23. September 20, 2011 8:25 am

    She is so adorable! The most adorable I have seen in a while to be completely honest.. and I have 4 nieces!

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