And by “my” Kindergarten year, I mean Kate’s year in Kindergarten and me as her mom.
The whole “Starting Kindergarten” thing is actually a pretty big deal for both the child and the parent. And anyone who has been through that transition knows exactly what I mean.
Since Kate only ever attended preschool two mornings a week, the (obvious) shift to her being gone from 8am – 3pm, 5 days a week was a big adjustment all by itself. But there were a few other changes we didn’t necessarily expect, that ended up being a pretty big deal as the year went on.
Little Did We Know that Kindergarten Would Mean…
- New habits learned from other kids. Habits that you won’t necessarily like.
- That getting a “tray” for lunch was a HUGE deal. And required a 5 year old to memorize a 5-digit student code in order to pay for it.
- Clip systems, conduct folders and who was given a less-than-perfect rating on each becoming the chatter on the drive home each day.
- Our newfound love for the kids’ earlier bedtime. Gotta go to bed early to be ready for school tomorrow, right?
- Maddie whimpering, “I miss Kate!” as soon as Kate closed the car door at drop-off.
- That Maddie’s “missing” Kate couldn’t be that heartfelt, as they were inevitably bickering before we were off school property every afternoon.
- The realization that Kate was 5 going on 50. That child could have run that class this year (and with an iron fist!) if her teacher needed her to!
- How much minutiae of our everyday life would be passed along to the teacher. Kids tell their teachers E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
- Drastic and sudden changes in long-standing favorites. For example, Kate suddenly was a gigantic Hello Kitty fan and lover of pink, even though she always used to say her favorite color was blue and had never seen Hello Kitty before she saw Kindergarten classmates with it.
Come the first week of August, Kate will again hit the halls but this time as a first grader. While I’m happy to have our first year of elementary school under our belts, I’m not so naive to think that this is the end of learning we will be doing as parents.
It could be preschool or 6th grade – what were your take-aways from this past school year?