Thursday, July 3, 2008

Kindergarten Here We Come!

Last month, Ashleigh said goodbye to the preschool and teachers she'd come to know and love. It was a sad moment for me as well. Watching my baby "graduate" and taking those steps off into the big world. Now comes Kindergarten. With larger classes filled with unfamiliar faces and making friends all over again. Packing lunches, checking daily folders, filling supply lists, this is all new territory for me. And there won't be anyone there to grab Ashleigh up as she walks into the classroom and give her hugs and snuggles like at preschool. They won't know just how special she is.

To help ease the transition into big girl school, we enrolled Ash into an Early Start program at the elementary school. It's sort of like Kindergarten Lite. It's a half day program where they work on social and early literacy skills. She'll get to know the teachers and aides and become familiar with the new routine. It will also be good practice to help get our morning routine down before school starts in the Fall.

Monday we begin this new journey. Ashleigh is taking it all in stride. She has a great ability to adapt to new situations quickly. And I'm confident she'll be successful in the classroom and enjoy going to big girl school. She's much braver than Momma when it comes to taking on new challenges. As for Dave and I, we're still trying to wrap our minds around the carpool routine - pull up, drop kid off and then drive away?!?!? Of course she'll be there with the teachers aide and the other carpool students. And they will escort them to and from the classroom. But really, leave my baby at the curb?

1 comment:

Tiffany said...

Oh, I hear you! My big girl is starting in the fall, too. It helps me tremendously that she is so excited, though.
"No one will know how special she is." - That touched my heart. I feel the same way. I've been praying earnestly for a teacher who will be able to see just that.