We went to the kindergarten open house this morning. It was more structured than I thought it would be, complete with powerpoint presentations and a question and answer period in the media center. Matt was taken to a classroom right away, and he went with the teacher without so much as a backward glance at me or his brother. They told us about typical days in the classroom, assemblies, lunch, gym and art. We got the grand tour of the school and then went to see our kids in action. Matt was playing and having a great time. They had tested him on his name, letters, colors and such, and he made a monkey puppet and a fruit loop necklace! They were busy in there!! Then we all went on a bus ride (Hey, c’mon, we’re going on a bus ride! – stupid doodlebops)
The boys thought the bus was pretty cool. We live too close for Matt to take the bus (fine with me!), but he will ride it for field trips, so it was nice to be able to ride with him while he checked it out.
All in all, he was pretty excited about kindergarten. A couple kids from his preschool class were there, too (although the one mom? totally panicked about her daughter going to school all day. I think she’s why I started worrying!) which was cool. The classes are to be about 20 kids, with a teacher and a parapro in there at all times. There’s a sink and a bathroom in each room, and they even have quiet time!
Oh, and the ALL DAY portion? 8:59 am to 4:07 pm. (unless it’s modified between now and then). So it’s about 4 hours more than he goes now, each day, with lunch somewhere in the middle. Is it tragically long? Nah, it’s more me than him. Besides, he’ll get a nap or at least quiet time in the middle of the day while I get to spend my day with his crazy little non-napping brother!!
Thanks for all of the comments…I know it’s hard to give advice on a kid you’ve never met.
I think it’ll be ok. We’ll definitely have to work on some things over the summer – like getting up and dressed and out of the house in the morning. Oh, and wiping his own butt. Woohoo!!!