When we first moved to Louisiana, Linden experienced a total personality switch. Gone was the self-confident, outgoing little girl from Michigan. In her place was a quiet, shy little girl. Oh, she could still scream and throw a tantrum with the best of them, but she was extremely quiet and clingy whenever we would go to church or anywhere else. At one point this fall she put her hands on her hips, glared at me, and yelled, “you ruined my life by making me move to Louisiana!” Good times.
We started the school year in August with Linden being home schooled for Kindergarten. The less said about that, the better. Let’s just say that about 9 weeks into the school year, we knew it wasn’t working. Even though I had heard some not-so-great things about the local school, Tim and I decided Linden really needed to be enrolled in Kindergarten. It has been a huge blessing. She is completely over her shy phase – her teachers from Church are constantly commenting on how she is out of her shell and talking and playing with the other kids. She has made huge strides in reading and writing in the few months that she has been in school. She was even selected as Student of the Month in her class for February. She only has 15 students in her class, which is really great for her. She is also attending speech classes, which are already making a difference.
This winter, Linden also participated in Upward Cheerleading. Even though she said it was “boring”, she enjoyed it and we really think this helped with breaking through her shyness. She was in a squad of 8 girls, all Kindergarten and 1st grade. The girls cheered for the Kindergarten-1st grade Upward basketball teams during the 7 game season. The girls cheered on the sidelines and also performed a halftime cheer each week.