Tanzania on Tuesday will have to wait until next week, because this post must be about Back to School! Summer vacation is over and today is the day for new grades and teachers.
I’ve noticed the school supply marketing in the stores for several weeks but nowhere near the frenzy we see in the U.S. come August. The children had fun organizing their pencil cases and labeling everything (and we mean everything!) with their names.
At our children’s school you learn who your new teacher and classmates are when you arrive the first day, so there is a good deal of butterflies and excitement. Simon was delighted to find he has a male teacher (his first ever) for Grade 6.
Elsa Ruth is in Grade 3. This is the grade when students join the upper grades in staying for the whole school day until 2:00 (rather than being picked up after lunch at 12:50). She also has more subjects and thus more notebooks. She brought home 11 today and we need to cover the all in plastic!
It was a good summer break to be sure. I believe the word “epic” has been thrown around in referring to some of our adventures. Indeed! But it feels good to be getting back to normal, too. When asked to rate the day on a scale of one to ten, both kids gave it a resounding “Ten!” I think we’re off to a good start.