There is a Kindergartner in our house. (Am I really old enough to have a school age child?) Jack starts school on Thursday. He is in half day/afternoon and gets to ride the bus (which I think he is the most excited for.) There are 5 Kindergarten boys coming from our neighborhood/bus stop (Lord help the bus driver.) Over the last 2 weeks we have gotten to tour the new school (brand new, just opened last week), meet his teacher and I attended Kindergarten orientation. His teacher, bless her soul, seems like she will be great, patient and caring.
School is different than when I was there. Jack goes to school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are early release for the elementary schools, so afternoon Kindergarten doesn’t go (they go longer on the other days). School supplies aren’t just pencils and paper anymore, we brought Ziploc bags, baby wipes and hand sanitizer. Each child must also have an emergency kit, with a snack, water and other items. It isn’t just drop under your desk drills in case of an earthquake anymore.
I am surprisingly calm about this whole step. I will probably be nervous when he gets on the bus for the 1st time, but I am really looking forward to having the quite afternoons to myself. Yes, we put Jack on the bus, finish lunch and Will goes down for nap. Theoretically I will have from 1-3:45 by myself (at my house of course.) Yah me!
Back to Jack. He is so excited and ready for this next step. He is already starting to read and made such steps last year with his letters, reading and math that I can’t wait to see what this year brings. They will have little bits of homework and are responsible for showing us their folders each night. I am sure if he was a girl he would have had his first day outfit picked out for weeks, but I don’t even think he will request a certain shirt (if he does it will be one of his Star Wars ones or maybe his Husky shirt.)
Cheers to Jack for making the big step to school and getting to ride the bus. Don’t worry Grandma, Grandfather, YaYa, PaPa, Aunties and Uncles I will take lots of photos and promise that I will not cry until I get around the corner.