My first day of kindergarten was on
Tuesday, September 8th. (School actually started August 31st, but I was in
Holland with Papa, and I missed four days.) I was very excited to begin my
year as a "senior" in the class [left].
I got to class, Miss Jody was glad to see me. I gave her a big hug. Then I
knew just what to do, because I've been in the same classroom, with the
same teachers, for two years already. I hung up my coat, put my Hello
Kitty! lunchbox in my tub, and changed my shoes to my new classroom
Then I went to greet my
classmates. Some of them returned from last year, like Emery and Luna. But
there were new kids, too. We did all the usual things for the day: circle
time, morning snack, lunch, and recess. We also learned about planets.
really excited to be a kindergartner. Later in the year I will get a
checklist for my daily work. I've already promised Mommy that I'm going to
get all my work done. This is going to be a great year!
Pumpkin patch, October
The weekend before Halloween, Mommy, Papa,
and I visited the South 47 Farm.
we trekked through lots of mud to look at all the different pumpkins. (We
didn't need to buy one because we grew our own in our compost bin!) I
especially liked the giant pumpkin someone left sitting in a wheelbarrow
Then we tested our
navigation skills in the corn maze. The corn this year was dry and dead,
not green like in past years. That made the maze more difficult because it
was harder to tell the real paths from the informal paths that visitors
had pushed through the corn, and we had some trouble finding our way. But
after we'd found nine of the ten hidden riddles, Papa miraculously doubled
back and found the last riddle station, and we completed our punch cards.
We each chose a little white pumpkin to take home as a reward for our hard
Just as we got back to the car,
rain started to fall. Perfect timing for a fun day!
Halloween in the classroom, October
||About a week before Halloween, my Montessori
class hosted a family pumpkin carving night. We brought the big pumpkin
that grew out of our compost bin. I told Mommy what kind of face to draw,
and she and Papa carved out the pieces. Then I peeled some
When everyone was done carving, we took our pumpkins out
into the rainy night, lit them, and took photos. I ran around the flagpole
in the rain. I was quite wet—but very happy.
Later in the week my class had a Halloween party. Mommy
took off work and came to help! Each child got to decorate a sugar cookie
with neon orange frosting and lots of Halloween sprinkles, and Mommy
supervised us two at a time. I behaved very well and did my work until it
was my turn to decorate, but it was challenging not to jump around because
I was very excited that Mommy was there!
This year I got to go trick-or-treating twice!
First, I went trick-or-treating at Madison House Friday morning.
I wore my Maleficent costume, the Evil Fairy Dragon from
Sleeping Beauty. (We found it at Value Village early in the month.) We
went door to door on all four floors of the retirement home, and all the
grandmas and grandpas were glad to see me. They gave me lots of candy.
that afternoon we went back to Madison House for Happy Hour with Grandma.
I wore my Maleficent costume, and Mommy wore her angel costume, too. We
ate snacks, and there was a costume contest. I wanted to be in the
contest, but Mommy explained that it was only for people who lived there.
next trick-or-treated on Saturday night, Halloween. We had an early
dinner, and then I changed into my costume again [right]. It wasn't
raining, so I wore long underwear underneath it and didn't have to wear a
coat. Mommy, Papa, and I walked around the neighborhood, and about half
the houses had lights on and opened their doors. I was very good about
saying, "Trick or treat!" and "Happy Halloween!" Even
with some houses dark, I still got a very big bag of candy!
I got home, I dumped all the goodies out on the kitchen table and offered
to share with Mommy and Papa. I had two pieces and they each had one, and
then I got ready for bed. I brushed my teeth really well after all that
First missing tooth, November
||In early November, I realized that I could
wiggle my lower front tooth! I got very excited. For the next two
weeks, I wiggled and jiggled it, pushed it with my tongue, and moved it in
crazy ways . (It was fun to watch Mommy squirm.)
Finally, on Monday, November 16th, I pulled it out
[left]! I was sick the next day, so I couldn't show it to my friends, but
Papa put it in a little plastic bag and on Wednesday I took it to
That night I placed the tooth in the care of my tooth
fairy doll. She carries a little bag to keep the tooth safe for the real
Fairy. Then I made a big sign that said, "Sofia's tooth" with an
arrow so that the Fairy would be sure to find it.
The next morning, my tooth was gone and I found $3 under
my pillow! I put all three dollars into the Share section (rather than
Spend or Save) of my money bank.
First drama performance, November
On November 18th my very first drama class gave an
end-of-session performance for parents. Mommy and Papa came and sat in the
front row to watch me.
While my teacher, Miss
Mandy, read short pieces, my new friends and I acted them out. One of the
four was "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed," for which I
was a dog scaring the monkeys. My personal favorite was Maurice Sendak's Where
the Wild Things Are, in which I played a sail on Max's boat, as well
as a wild monster [right].
Papa were very proud of me, and after the "show" we went to
Shari's for dinner to celebrate. I had my favorite meal, a "happy
||This Thanksgiving was a special day.
We celebrated on Friday, instead of Thursday, so that
Cameron, Grandpa and Bonnie could be there.
I helped a lot with the preparations. The day before, I
made the pumpkin bread with Mommy's help (I even
cracked the eggs!), and I also helped with the pumpkin pie (I stirred the
ingredients). Cameron made our special cranberry salad Friday morning, and
Mommy prepared broccoli, mashed potatoes, brown rice, and turkey roulade
for dinner. I played most of the day.
Mommy went to get Grandma from Cascade Vista, where she
was staying to do physical therapy, about mid-day. Grandpa, Bonnie, and
Bonnie's sister Jackie and her husband, David, arrived a little later. We
had to put an extra table in the family room to fit everyone (Cameron and
I sat at the "kids'" table), and we all gathered together and
had a very nice meal.
Mommy said she was thankful that all her family could be
there. I was, too.
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