It’s confirmed – this kid has what I can only call a certain 3-year-old Je ne sais quoi:
We’ve known this forever, of course, but having her start at a new school, in a class with 25 students, shows us that it lives on. She had absolutely no trouble transitioning to her new school. In her words, “The same: You can’t run with rocks and there is snack time. Different: I don’t have to nap and I learned about a town near the state of Earth, called the Milky Way.” In her new teacher’s words: “Clementine is so comfortable and confident. It’s not like she is overly outgoing, but the other kids – both new ones and kids who have already had set friends for a year – just flock to her and want to sit next to her. She’s extremely engaged and just, really great. I’m so glad she is here.”
Which is not to say that she doesn’t still drive us crazy on a regular basis!
Her negotiating and stubbornness, and even occasional meltdowns (not at school – she saves them for home) continue, but you can usually figure out what’s causing them (at the shore, she was not feeling in control of her life; on school mornings, she’s just plain tired and not used to being awoken). But we know that those strong personality traits, once we survive them, will just make her even more awesome once she trades that lunchbox for a briefcase:
Clementine can finally count to 20 (and higher now) WITH the number 15, and her reading (just 3-4 letter words) is getting better and better. The interesting thing is that she OFTEN will tell you that she can’t do something, or that her brain doesn’t remember things, or other self-conscious statements that will break your heart. We are trying to change that, but I wonder if it’s going to be tough being in her academic big sister’s shadow?
The good news is, it’s pretty obvious that our two yin and yang girls are going to be good for each other in the long run – between Annabelle’s academics and Clem’s social magnetism, the Darling Davis Daughters will be a force of nature!