“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!”  C.S. Lewis

Princess Nagger is enjoying 3rd grade so far – she has a fun teacher this year, so she’s not as resistant to getting up and getting ready for school like she was last year – having some familiar friends in her classroom this year has made a difference.

Her school has 3 or 4 different classes for each grade level, so each year they mix things up and you don’t have the exact same kids in the class from year to year – something about that whole socialization thing. 

But for Princess Nagger, having familiar faces and friends in her classroom helps motivate her to crawl out from under the covers to get ready for school in a timely manner before it’s time to go out and wait for the bus – since she has something to look forward to: her friends. 

I know that was a motivational thing for me when I was in school – at least I had the exact same people in my class from year to year, so the switching it up is a new one for me.   Since I tend to be the polar opposite of Princess Nagger – she’s a big extrovert while I’m painfully shy – I’m not sure I would have been enthusiastic for school by grade 3 if the classes kept getting switched up each year.

I’m happy that she has the perfect combination this year (finally):  great teacher + good friends = enthusiastic for school.  It’s been a nice change of pace from the first three years, now she doesn’t drag her feet getting ready in the morning, and often times is ready before I am to head out for the bus.    Since I have the Little Dude to wrangle into ‘ready mode’, it’s been a welcome change.

Which brings me to this week’s question(s):

Did/does your kids school shake up the classrooms each year?  What motivates them (or you) to get out of bed in the morning?

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  1. No my kids school didn’t switch things up like that. How disturbing for the kids!! I am definitely not a fan of that at all!
    Glad she is enjoying her school this year. Makes all the difference!!

  2. This is our first year in the public school system so I have no idea if my daughter will have the same classmates next year or not. I kind of hope that she doesn’t so she has the opportunity to meet as many of her classmates as possible.

    As for getting out of bed in the morning, my daughter is so excited by school, she will wake me up before the alarm anxious to have her shower and get ready. I know, it’s only a matter of time before it’s me trying to get her out of bed but for now, it’s working 🙂

  3. Our home is our classroom, but my kids shake me up every day 😉

    They are motivated to get up by not being able to lay still any longer, lol. We have an awesome homeschool PE class three mornings a week taught by a young personal trainer and they are loving it. Making new friends, rock climbing, obstacle courses…that motivates them.

    Have a great weekend!!

  4. My kiddos – 8 (in 3rd grade, too) and 6 – are wowed by the novelty of the alarm clock. They like to wake up by themselves with their music. And yes, my kids shake up their classrooms for sure.

  5. My kids are in 5th, 8th, and 10th grades; our oldest son graduated last year. My 15 yr. old daughter gets up on her own each morning and makes her own breakfast. I usually roll out of bed about 15 minutes before she gets on the bus. I like to sit outside with her and chat while she’s waiting. My sons, on the other hand, are a little more difficult to get up. Not because they dislike school, just because they are not morning people (like me) and are big sleepyheads! Our schools do somewhat switch things up as far as which kids are in which classrooms. But, I feel lucky that we live in a small town and our kids basically grow up and attend school with the same general group of kids each year.

  6. My kids are pretty easy to wake up in the mornings, but me on the other hand.. i hate getting up early! The only thing that gets me out of bed is knowing i have to wake them up and start working on my to do list for the day..

  7. So far my kids are still just in preschool, but I know that my 4-year-old already does so much better when she has familiar friends and teachers to return to. Last year it took her a really long time to “warm up” but this year because she knew a bunch of the kids and even had one of the same teachers, she was thrilled to jump right back into the routine.

    So glad Princess Nagger is having a great year as well!

  8. I think it’s common to move kids around in larger schools. Kids will be mixing and meeting new kids when they reach Junior High and then High School so the mixing is more how life really treats you. The other factor in friendship in and out of school is the moving around of families. It has slowed because of the recession but I’m sure it will pick up again.

  9. I just don’t have the choice in the morning…i have to get the kids to school. I go to bed early also…Loving your blog!
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  10. When I was in elementary school we had 3 groups of classes and they were generally the same as they were based on intelligence. One year for a brief moment I was accidentally switched with someone else into another class and it was devastating for that brief period until the mistake was found. I think stability is important for children. Our homerooms were a different mix than our classroom groups – that was all of the diversity we needed!

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  11. Every school that I have gone to, worked in, or had my children in typically try to mix things up from year to year. Of course, they do try to keep some familiar faces. My 3rd grader went in not knowing who was in his class on the first day. My little guy (4) has a lot of familiar faces, but he’s having a very tough time this fall.
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  12. we have to get up in the morning??? Oh man I am in trouble. No, a clean house motivates me and I love checking things off my list- part of my ocd. LOL

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  13. We’re not at that stage yet, but I do think the friends thing helps. LG does so much better at swim lessons with a few friends from school. No crying, no refusing to do what the instructor says. Huge difference.

    Glad PN is happier this year!

  14. My kids and responsibility as a mom motivates me to wake up each morning.

    The kids in our school was switched up. So just a few were in the same class as they moved on to 1st grade etc.
    I think it’s good, especially with bullying in school so prevalent.

  15. My husband would motivate my kids to get out of bed. Wish I could motivate him to get out of bed in the winter so I can make it….


  16. we haven’t had the joy of getting up at the butt-crack of dawn quite yet…but once we do, I will be sure to let you know what my motivation is – if anything.


  17. The thing that motivates me to get out of bed is the fear of getting them to school late. They go to school in a different district and if there’s even 1 stalled car during morning traffic then it takes us about an hour to get there!

  18. I remember switching schools and I did not like it at first.

    My daughter is not in preschool or child care right now, I think she likes the outdoor games that they did when she was still attending.

  19. I’m so glad to hear that she’s actually excited to go to school this year! I be that’s not only nice for her, it’s nice for you as well 🙂

    I remember being in grade school and each year calling or emailing my friends and seeing which teacher they got and if they were in the same class as me-So I suppose the answer is yes, way back when I was in school they did it too.

    Happy Friday (well actually it’s Sunday now 0.O)

  20. Happy Blogiversary!

    I didn’t know they kept kids together from year to year, we always switched it up and landed with whoever got stuck in our class. Weird.

  21. We’re in a private pre-school program. The kiddos get split up year to year, but that is mostly because of birth dates and parental preferences.

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  22. I would have liked the school to keep a same class for the boys but then again, I’ve got my youngest and he’s friendly with everyone. He’s the social butterfly I didn’t know was possible in a boy? He seems to know every child from K-5!

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