A week ago today, our oldest started kindergarten! [insert emoji of a dancing mommy here!!] Honestly, I wasn’t sad or mushy about it at all. I wasn’t insensitive about the big leap. It’s just that he was ready, we were ready, and we were all very, very excited for school to start.
Admittedly, the transition is helped by the fact that he thrives in structure, and his brain is always buzzing with inquiries and math equations and schemes to challenge us… So by summer’s end, when camps are done and siblings have spent a lot of ‘quality’ time together, we’re ready to shift back into routine and more engaging activities with peers. And teachers. Those wonderful authority figures other than mom and dad. I <3 teachers.
We also were all simply so excited to start at this new school. We visited many schools last year, and not only did this feel like a perfect fit for our child, but Charlie and I also felt so at home, so right in the community from our very first visit.
CJ has a September birthday, and people have asked us if it was tough to decide whether to make him young or old in his class (we chose old). No, not at all. First of all, we consulted with his nursery school teachers. Further, it was simply evident to us that while he’s bright, that extra year for social development, as well as gross and fine motor skills work that you get so much of in preschool, would be SO beneficial to him before kindergarten. Lastly, research shows that with boys especially, you don’t really want your kid to be the youngest, scrawniest one on the field, at the school dance, etc…
I believe this absolutely led to our complete readiness and excitement on the first day of school. Which finally arrived!
I wanted to capture CJ’s first day of school, but I wanted more than a snapshot of him… I wanted to try to get some of his personality, his daily life, those milestone moments — his first opening ceremony at the school, and walking into his new classroom. So I played a bit of mamarazzi for the day. And so, our first day of elementary school:
Ah, five-year old independence…
our new breakfast spot and morning routine. now on to ‘grown up’ bowls, he’s learning to drink from the corners to avoid milk spills.
post-breakfast shenanigans with his sisters – deliberate standing on chairs when not supposed to, and Littlest One giggling away when her big brother comes to pull out her toys with her.
walking into Opening Ceremony with Daddy.
ready to start! entering his kindergarten classroom. a friend from his old nursery school by his side. his jitters shown by his fingers in his mouth.
learning the new attendance routine. his little sister looking on (er, supervising?).
debriefing with his sister at pick up. the smiles say it all, and still some nerves showing through…
checking out some goodies that were sent home with him. and my favorite, his baby sister crawling up behind him to play — she missed him so!
and our iPhone family shot. clearly the kids had no interest in stopping to take this picture… but proof we all enjoyed the morning together!