My little guy is starting junior kindergarten this September. We have some things to do to get him ready.
I stay at home with my two kids – my almost-4 year old and my 2.5 year old – so we don’t have to transition my son out of daycare or look for before- and after-school care. We’re lucky that way.
What we do have to do is get my son ready for school. Preparations started last January when he started going to a city-run preschool program one morning a week. Then in April he went two mornings a week. This was his first time spending time with someone other than me or his immediate family and was pretty hard on him. Through the tears he eventually came to love preschool. The transition to school will no doubt be tough on him, but maybe it’ll be a little easier now since he went to preschool.
Next month we’re going to start getting him set up with all the things he needs for school. He needs some supplies, a backpack, a lunch bag of some sort (even though he’s half days he’ll still need a snack and water), a new pair of shoes to be kept at school, and extra clothes. And everything needs to be labelled.
The way his school works is every kid has an interview, a time where they get to meet their teacher and see their classroom. I’m not sure if this is for each kid individually or if there will be a few kids, but I like the idea of this time for him to check it out. He’s extremely shy and I can imagine him being overwhelmed with a whole class full of kids on the first day.
The next step is that half the kids start on a Friday in September, the other half go the following Monday, and they all go Tuesday. Again, I think this is a nice way to transition the kids to going to school every day, though I might think differently and be annoyed if I had to juggle childcare during this transition as well.
Come September I will go from having a toddler and a preschooler to a toddler and a kindergartner. It’s exciting and scary, but mostly exciting. My little guy is ready for school. Do you have a kid starting school this year? Any advice for me?