first day

Wordgirl started kindergarten today at the Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy (NSAA). It’s a lofty name, I know. It’s a charter school with a dual immersion Spanish/English bilingual program. We’re pretty happy about all of it, and more so after the orientation yesterday. We were just really impressed by everything/everyone we saw.

The girl child is hard to read sometimes. She seemed as accepting of this next step as she is of anything. We’ll see how it goes. They warned us yesterday that in the 90% Spanish kindergarten, the first month is really tough, and then they start to understand and it gets easier.

A couple church school friends started today as well. The two flanking Wordgirl are second cousins. Their grandmothers are twin sisters. Their whole families attend the church. The boy’s grandmother was completely tickled that he and WG would be in the same class. Wordgirl considers the girl one of her “best friends,” and she was pretty sad they wouldn’t be in the same class. We were all relieved when they got the same recess.

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5 Responses to first day

  1. deanna Long says:

    We’ve been praying for our kindergarten Kendra today! Looks beautiful!

  2. Oh gosh, how delightful!

  3. Silent says:

    I’m in awe of immersion schools! (Just ’cause I’m nosy–did you purposely decide on Spanish or was that the only option? I’ve known of German and French immersion schools too.) Hope she’s adjusting well!

    • bookgirl says:

      Spanish was the only option. For me, the primary positive about the immersion is the how having/learning two languages in this manner shapes the brain in so many ways for future learning, but we live in an area that has a high latino majority, so Spanish is helpful on a purely practical level as well. Since Spanish and English are both considered primary languages at the school, they also teach Mandarin Chinese as a second language as the kids get a little older.

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