Farewell to another school year! Today we say goodbye (for now) to The Glen Montessori School and bid it adieu as we take our end of summer holiday break and prepare for the next school year, which starts in just 10 days.
Nico has completed his second full year in the Birth to Three program, having started at 13 months of age, and Gabriella her first, having started at 6 months of age. Here are their respective first and last day of school photos (and bonus to include Nico’s from last year as well!).
And Nico went from making these walks into school by himself last school year to enjoying them while caring for his baby sister this school year. Nearly every day since she was able to walk, he has held her hand while walking into school, helps her up the stairs, and then playfully chases her in the hallway. He helps to put her lunch away in her classroom and always makes sure that she gets into the classroom before going to put his lunch away.
Some of my favorite moments from any given day occur on those walks from my car until we get to their classroom each morning. I will never forget the memories made during that time over the last year. Thankfully I’m a little bit of a nut with capturing special moments and have taken quite a few pictures and videos over the course of the year to memorialize it somewhere other than my heart.
When Gabriella began her first year at The Glen last August, she wasn’t even sitting up on her own. Over the last year, in addition to hitting all of the gross motor milestones, she has developed a vocabulary of over 200 words ( I stopped counting around 115, but feel confident she’s hit nearly double that), demonstrated a remarkable ability to understand what is being asked of her, and as fiercely unloaded her personality on all her classmates and teachers. She has some serious headband and bow game, and enjoys showing them off each morning when she arrives to school. Now that her hair has grown quite a bit, we may be moving to hair clips this year, which I’m sure her teachers will appreciate.
We’re heading to our favorite place next week during the school holiday – Mickey’s House! Stay tuned to lots of posts on our instagram and a few future blogs about it as well; we’re staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – one of my all time favorites. Just this past April I was saying how much I wanted to take the kids to stay at this particular resort, and here we are going to do just that!