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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

First Day of School Pictures and Reading Eggs

On Monday, the kids started 3rd grade, 1st grade, and preschool. Here are our first day pictures:

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Our chalkboard sign, at home. Isn’t Simon the cutest? People have been saying he looks like Zachary now, but I’m not so sure!

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At school with the big kids.

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At preschool with Simon. The second picture was taken during the school day.

All 3 kids returned home in good spirits. Simon fell asleep in the car on the way to pick up Gabbie and Zachary! No one had homework on the first day, which was a good thing. Zachary was excited that he had P.E. and Music on the same day. Gabbie was excited that her class has a marble jar and if they are good all day they get extra time to play.

Being that Simon gets home 3 hours before the other kids, I was considering whether I should start doing the Letter of the Week Curriculum with him again. I pretty much let that slide last year. While I might begin that curriculum again, I was very excited when I found out about an online reading program I am going to be able to try called Reading Eggs.


  • The Reading Eggs program offers individual, one-on-one lessons that allow children to progress at their own rate.
  • With interactive animations, games, songs and lots of rewards, Reading Eggs is a great place to learn to read.
  • Children are highly motivated to return again and again. Every lesson ends with a new book and a new critter to add to your growing collection.
  • Reading Eggs was developed by an experienced team including teachers, writers, animators, and web developers
  • Reading Eggs can be used by children aged 3 through 12.
  • It focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and sight words, using skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success.
  • Since launching in the United States and Canada in 2011, Reading Eggs has signed on more than 500,000 subscribers and presented more than 15 million lessons in North America.
  • You can get a  Free FIVE-Week Trial Offer - Register now for a free two five-week trial with no credit card required.


    I’m really excited to try this out with Simon! He’s only 3, but this program says it starts with the basics and one of the testimonials I saw said that after starting the program at 3, her 4 year old could read. Am I skeptical? Maybe a little. But I’m going to try it out and let you know!


    Janine Huldie said...

    Oh looked like a wonderful first day and thanks for sharing the information about the reading egg. We are trying out ABC Mouse for the free month trial and want to see how we like it (if it is worth paying monthly to continue).

    Sara said...

    Love the chalkboard pics. How cool that the big kids get a locker? I didn't get one until junior high. The reading programs sounds cool. I need to check it out for Collin.

    Tamar SB said...

    Great pics! Glad it's off to a good start!!

    Munchkins and the Military said...

    He totally does look like Zachary. Just with a chubbier face! SO cute!
    I'm totally going to try reading eggs. It seems like a great deal to be able to try out for two weeks without a card. If it goes well, I'll consider paying.

    AiringMyDirtyLaundry said...

    Cute pictures! I'm glad they had a good first day!

    Tamara Camera said...

    Awesome pictures and descriptions of their first day! If you were still in Jersey, it wouldn't have happened yet, right? I remember starting school after Labor Day each time. Here in western Mass too!

    Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

    Sometimes I think Simon looks like Zachary and other times not.

    I'm interested to see how reading eggs work out for you!

    Kera @ Nugget On A Budget said...

    I love the pictures of the kids with the chalkboard. They all looked excited to start school again! I kind of think Simon looks different than Zachary and Gabbie ~ maybe it's the eyes. But with the short hair he does look a bit more like Zachary.

    I think I want to start the Letter of the Week with Sofia. I'm interested to see how Reading Eggs works for you and Simon too!