Today the Lone Star Baby really started third grade to stay. She has been super upset and stressed about starting school lately. It seems that during the latter part of last school year, she got far enough along in her work that the pieces of work were getting longer and harder and it was really stressing her out to try to finish seven before recess, which was the rule. I explained to her that the rule was probably really for kids who were not doing work as hard as she was yet and that I knew her teacher would understand that she could not do that many now that she was on more complicated ones. She was really not convinced and very negative about school.
When I picked her up today, though, she was all smiles. She said she found out today that now she is only expected to finish four pieces of work before recess now. It was a huge weight off of her shoulders and she was so happy and positive about school and all chatter-y about all the fun things they worked on today - a volcano and a project about different geologic eras and the topic of her SRA...whew.
Such a major relief!