We officially have a kindergartner in our house. It’s hard to believe that 6 years ago we were anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy and last Monday we sent him off to school. He’s more than ready for it. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, but it’s no longer about me. (And I do know it hasn’t been about me for about 6 years.)
My son actually went to school on Monday and was out Tuesday. I have heard of a lot of schools doing a staggered start for kindergarten, and our school had boys come on Monday and girls come Tuesday. Then they all went to school on Wednesday. My son was pretty upset about missing STEM (the science stuff according to him) on Tuesday, but he’ll have plenty of chances to do science this year!
There’s so much debate online – and some in person – about schools these days. The work-at-home, work-out-of-the-home, stay-at-home parenting debates have trickled over to public school, private school, charter school or home school debates. I’ve actually read through a lot of arguments and disbelief about public school kindergarten classes – and the homework that is allegedly involved the first week.
I’m here to tell you that in our public school, there is homework, but it took a few minutes each night. And it was honestly so easy for our son, we felt a little foolish making him do the letter recognition (and ultimately gave him extra reading time. For a reading enthusiast, this was a tough one.) 😉
Thursday we received a note about what the next week’s theme and lessons will involve. I love that we were given a heads up. (He needs to wear a certain color each day, but we also have a selection of colors to choose from each day.)
We have approximately 175 school days left until the end of the year – but who’s counting? So far, he loves it and I hope he continues to thrive this year!