Grade 1 and Separate Classes

Today is the first day of school and the kids first day in grade 1. Yes my little girls are getting bigger and they are both so pleased to be the bigger kids now in grade 1.

It would have been nicer if the weather was sunny and not overcast with non stop rain but you cannot have everything. The girls were saying that they were hoping it was a good day to play outside but were a bit disappointment due to having to be inside on days like this at school.

In preparation for school starting I purchased new hats, new socks, new shoes (of course they have grown and I had to get bigger shoes) and polo shirts. I was lucky to be given the great YUUWorld Bags for the girls, which the kids were telling all their friends about the new bag and how amazing it is! (Get 10% off your very own YUUworld Bag until 10th of Feb) Did you stock pile supplies in anticipation of school going back? I was lucky to see the shoes that the girls wanted last year in the right size this year and to find two pairs was good work.

firstdayofgrade1 I had to wake the kids up as they were so tired from the night before and of course have been sleeping in due to holidays. I really hate waking sleeping children… my instinct is to walk away and to let them sleep, however this will do no good if they need to be at school. Plus leaving them sleep will mean a later start which is not good on the first day and of course possible kids not wanting to go and therefore ruining mummy’s first day off in a while.

Did you have to wake up kids for school today? Or was I the only one?

I got kids up at 7am and I had breakfast ready for them. Weet-Bix is their favourite and they finsihed that off in no time. Then after breakfast I make them get their clothes ready for school before they get into the shower. Having their clothes ready means they are all ready once dry to put on the uniform and be ready to leave.

While the kids were in the shower I made their lunches as we had a late night last night I did not make them like I normally do. All lunches done I packed up their new funky school bags from YUUWorld and we were all ready to drive off to school. It took a bit longer in the fog and the rain but we got there. Pity that the streets were not like last week and I could not find a park (last week the streets were empty and parking was so easy). Park finally sorted, we then walked to school to then find out no one knew where we were supposed to be.

Finally the kids went to their old teacher from last year and classroom and then they came to the hall were all the parents were waiting. Once all kids and teachers were at the hall the children were put into classes. I was thankful that they did the younger kids first and then I could leave the hall.

The first class was called and my girls were not in that one. Must be the next one they will be in. The second one had Lillian in but not Julia. OH NO! Will Julia be okay? Lillian was smiling and I could not see Julia. The class Lillian is in is a mixture of grade 1 kids and grade 2 children. So that is good and I’m pleased for this. I think different levels help learning and inspire the younger ones to do more or get exposed to what the others are doing.

Lillian has a male teacher and one of the parents thinks he might be a temp but I hope not. He seems lovely and I hope he stays. It would be nice to have more male teachers at the school as they seemed to only have one last year and it helps with diversity.

Now Lillian’s class went off and she bent down to kiss and hug Julia. That was nice… I was very pleased to see this.

Julia’s class was called and then they went off to their classroom. Julia has a wonderful teacher also and her class is a mix of grade 1’s and grade 2’s as well. So again a good mix.

Both kids have some good mates in their class and seemed to be very happy.

Once the first kid got put in her class and the other was not called, my heart sank. I was upset and worried about how the kids would react. Would they cry, yell or get very upset. Would this be a drama and a meltdown???? I had no idea. I braced myself for it. I was holding back some upset and tried not to cry. I know silly really but I was feeling what I thought they would feel. I ended up being the only one crying but I was happy…. I was just emotional and dealing with the shock I suppose of having the kids separated when I thought they were going to be together. I am very pleased that the kids were happy and adjusted well…. Now I just need to work on me adjusting to the new situation.

They are in separate classes for the first time

Hubby and I have been thinking separate classes was the way to go and their kindy teacher last year said she thought that might be a good idea. I was asked and I thought from the discussions that they were going to be put together. No not to be. I am pleased that this was what the school decided and in a way it was out of my control.

One kid gets very annoyed when the other does something she could not or is trying to do. It is not a bad thing but it might take more than one or two goes to get a new skill or technique. Sometimes things work or go well sometimes they don’t. Both the girls are on track and are very similar so if one does not get something it is only the next week or the next day or so when it all equals out.

I do feel that this will help them individually and allow them to be their own person. Being identical twins is one thing but always getting mistaken for the other in the classroom would be annoying. Different classes and teachers will also show the strengths of both children. I sometimes thought that the teacher was mixing up things in the report card and that is easy to do when there are two children doing the same work and you wonder who did what.

I was just very worried as they are both so connected emotionally and was fearful that they might pine for each other and not do well. I know this is good for their growth and development; the classrooms they are in are right next door so they can come and see each other if they want to. They see each other at recess and lunch and of course share a room at home. One big plus is that they will have a lot more to tell mummy and daddy about their day as it will be completely different. They will have their own stories not shared ones, how cool will that be!

My challenge now is to do reading for both kids in the different classes and try to be there for events and special occasions for each classroom. I hope the kids have a good day at school and love their new classes. I hope they like being in their own class and not with their sister.

How have you gone on the first day back at school? Was your child/children happy to go or were there tears? Hope all went well and now to plan my time in the next few weeks.

Question:

If you have twins or multiples have you put them in different classes? When did you split them up. The girls were together for two years of pre-school and also to last year in Kindergarten. Let us know.

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Australia Day 2015

Happy Australia Day! Have a wonderful Day.

Happy Australia Day! Have a wonderful Day.

Happy Australia Day everyone! What are you up to today? We are going to a BBQ with mates later, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone.

I woke to a rainy day but it is more like sprinkles so crossing fingers and toes it stays that way or stops all together for our day out. Another blogger said that it is raining quite heavy in Melbourne so maybe it is working its way across the county? Not sure how we would all be with heavy torrential rain, but you cannot control this so lets just hope it does not happen.

If it rains we will all still have a great time and if it does not the same so it will not impact our BBQ and catch up with friends.

How do you celebrate Australia Day? Stay at home with the family? Visit relatives? Have mates over to yours for a BBQ or a fancy lunch? Let me know.

Enjoy and stay safe everyone!

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Chocolate Crackles for Australia Day

Do you make something special for Australia Day? What is it you like to create to celebrate? Or do you just have a BBQ and some cold drinks with mates and that is your celebration?

This year I decided to make Chocolate Crackles with the twins. I used the recipe from the Rice Bubble box and it brings back memories of making them with my mum.

The ingredients to make chocolate crackles, but I was missing one ingredient. The icing sugar. I ended up using caster sugar and put it in a pestle and mortar to get the sugar finer. I only had icing mixture not the sugar so this was the best option.

The ingredients to make chocolate crackles, but I was missing one ingredient. The icing sugar. I ended up using caster sugar and put it in a pestle and mortar to get the sugar finer. I only had icing mixture not the sugar so this was the best option.

The girls were super excited to help and they did a great job. I had them on the kitchen counter so that they could be near the bowls and help out easily.

The ingredients you need:

  • 4 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Bubbles®
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • 250g copha®*, chopped
Happy to be making chocolate crackles with mummy and sister.

Happy to be making chocolate crackles with mummy and sister.

 

Step 1

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients: rice bubbles, icing sugar, coconut and the cocoa. Note: If you use organic cocoa from the health food shop the crackles do not work out well. I tried it for the kids sixth birthday party and they did not set properly and did not taste the same. I used Cadbury’s Cocoa this time and they worked out the way they should. I am not sure why this would create such a difference but thought it best to point it out.

Adding the rice bubbles

Adding the rice bubbles

As mentioned I stuffed up and did not have icing sugar. I thought I did! Yes silly I should have checked the pantry better, but it all got fixed. I used caster sugar but had to put it in a pestle and mortar to get the sugar to a finer and softer consistency. It worked a treat but took a bit of time to get it done.

 Step 2

Melt the copha. I did not chop it up, although the instructions say to. I put mine in a bowl and the microwave melted it for me. You can chop it up and put it in a saucepan and melt it that way. Either way is fine. It took about 2 and half minutes to get it all melted. Could be a little more depending on how your microwave works.

Copha ready to be melted in the microwave

Copha ready to be melted in the microwave

 Step 3

Add the melted copha to the dry indgredients and mix well.

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 Step 4

Spoon the mixture into patty pans, and then put in the fridge to set. It is best to do overnight to make sure they are hard and fully set.

Ready to go into the fridge to set

Ready to go into the fridge to set

In the fridge setting. Note the beer and drinks all ready for Australia Day!

In the fridge setting. Note the beer and drinks all ready for Australia Day!

Since we are celebrating Australia Day tomorrow I wanted to add the Australian Flag to the chocolate crackles. Note: Adding the Australian Flag after the crackles have set is harder than you think.

Australian Flags for our Chocolate Crackles. I picked these up for $2.00 at the local supermarket.

Australian Flags for our Chocolate Crackles. I picked these up for $2.00 at the local supermarket.

And now for the finished product!

My finished chocolate crackles all ready for Australia Day. Yum!

My finished chocolate crackles all ready for Australia Day. Yum!

Have a great Australia Day and long weekend. Hope you are having a nice relaxing time. Enjoy your chocolate crackles if you make some and your time with mates and family.

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