Today was the first day of the new school year here in Australia. For Eliot that meant starting Pre-Primary. It took me a while to get used to the way school progresses here. Back home you start out with Pre-School, then Kindergarten, then First Grade. Here it's Kindergarten (Kindy), Pre-Primary, and then Year One. But we've got the hang of it now. Kindy was a great preparation for Eliot and he was really looking forward to his first day of school (and I don't think it was only because of the pancakes I'd promised to make for breakfast.) A few of his little friends from Kindy are in his new class and, truth be told, I think he was starting to get a little bored at home. Having him around certainly is never boring. I'll be in one room cleaning up only to come out and find that he has pulled out several pans and has a concoction of bread, honey, water, and leaves going in each one.
We had a nice walk to school and then he hung up his backpack, put his water bottle, fruit, and lunch box in their designated spots and then got right into the action. He will be attending five full days versus the two and a half in Kindy, so we'll see how things go later this week. But I think he's off to a good start.
Peter and Eliot have become cute little playmates, complete with squabbles, and I think that Peter will miss Eliot but also appreciate a little time to play with whatever he wants. Over the break we had some seriously hot weather and we were staying inside, so I got them some paints which they fell in love with.
They're such fun little guys. I'm excited for Eliot and this new school year with all of the fun things he'll be learning and for Peter and the time I'll have to focus on him.