Many have asked me this year how Little Girl is doing in kindergarten.
And I have to admit that I, too, looked to the milestone of her starting kindergarten with some worry. Worry that she'd be too far behind the other kids since she just began speaking English as a 3 year old. Worry that some of her personality quirks learned from life in an orphanage would play out badly at school. Worry that her hyperness and loudness would no longer be as precious as it was in preschool but become annoying and problematic.
BUT, as she tends to do, my little Ethiopian has BLOWN US AWAY with how well she's done in her kindergarten class!
One huge key to her success is the behavior chart system that our elementary school uses. Each child begins each day on Green or "Ready to Go!" and they move up or down the chart according to their behavior. Well, thankfully Little Girl is even MORE competitive than she is loud or active. And she wants to be at the top of that chart (the "Hip-Hip Hooray" level) and can amazingly reign in her behavior to get there.
This past week she even earned the "Hip-Hip Hooray" level every day of the week, and was the first child from her class to achieve that this whole school year! Her class did a big cheer for her which she totally ate up and her teacher is making her an official "Star Student".
Here she is, proudly showing off her chart:
Rock on Little Girl; you are awesome and amazing!!!!