One year ago, I dropped my 5 year old off to daycare. He was quieter than usual. I tried to be excited but I was so nervous at the same time.
My baby was going to kindergarten.
Daycare would take him. I had my own first grade class to welcome in another school. Knowing my son, my husband and I decided he would do much better without us.
In other words, without mom and dad making a big deal, he wouldn’t get overwhelmed and shut down.
The day passed by in a blur and I couldn’t wait to pick him up. When I did, he was tired from the long day. Yet, he couldn’t stop talking about it.
He told us about his teachers and even some of the kids. Some things we had to drag out of him and some popped up throughout the night.
Day by day, we began to see changes. He started to practice sight words then he started bringing home books. Our child began to read to us. He asked questions. Numbers weren’t just counted anymore. They had meaning.
If you ask anyone who works in education, they will tell you kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. The curriculum is challenging and doesn’t leave as much room for the social fun like it did when many of us were kids.
That’s where the teachers make all the difference.
My son brought home projects and activities that he enjoyed. We attended different kindergarten performances and were amazed at the classroom family he had there.
Tomorrow is his last day in kindergarten. He is already talking about missing his teachers.
On that first day in first grade as I drive him to daycare, I imagine he will be quieter than usual in the backseat and we will think back to a time where there was a love of kindergarten…
and hope that the year ahead brings the same feeling.
Being a teacher, this was the first year I understood how parents in my room feel about dropping their “babies” off to me each day. My son goes to a year round school which is why it takes one year to go from one grade to the next. We are so thankful for his wonderful school and talented teachers for beginning his school years with so much joy.
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