A Day of Firsts

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First Day of School

Today was Anna’s first day of school! She is now in first grade and here in Germany that is when school officially starts. Since she was three years old she has been going to a Montessori kindergarten/preschool and now that she’s six it’s on to first grade and a new school with lots of new kids and new teachers, early mornings and homework; a day of firsts!  Here the kids started off the day in church with their families for a blessing, an introduction and some songs, carrying along with them a Schultüte. This is a cone-shaped “bag” made of thick construction paper. The cone is usually pre-made and can be bought with all sorts of whimsical designs and motifs already on it or it can be decorated at home. I used felt to decorate Anna’s school cone at home with a unicorn theme that she requested. The cone is then filled with various treats like an apple, candies, chocolates, school supplies, small toys and the like which get the kids excited about their first day of school, makes the experience more pleasurable and gives them something to look forward to at the end of their first day. I think Anna was pleased with her first day at school and all the little surprises that she got from her Schultüte.

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At Church with her Bestie

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In the Schoolyard

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Posing with her Tüte

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The boys were not amused.

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Ben refused to wait in the schoolyard for Anna any longer.

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Finally she unpacks her Schultüte after she’s done for the day.

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Anna’s happy with her presents after an eventful first morning at school!

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Anna and Me

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My Little Valentines

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Thomas and I spent the day with these three little loves. Yesterday Anna and I made – and today we exchanged – homemade Valentine’s day cards for each other and for Thomas and then we picked up some pastries from a local bakery to enjoy with our afternoon tea today. I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far and having a lovely Sunday!

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