Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Adventures in K: Complete Role Reversal

@ breakast and very serious

Walnut outside of his school
getting my hugs and kisses in before orientation

Well, today was the second most important day of the beginning to our 2010-2011 school year--KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION.  To be completely honest, I figured that there may be a few tears from my first born.  Boy, was I wrong!  I thought I was pretty composed UNTIL we walked into the Kindergarten room.  I broke down and had to leave the room as to not let Walnut see me upset.  Thankfully, I know one of Walnut's teachers because I was her children's teacher.  She was super supportive and definitely very helpful today.  Bob was just excited to see Walnut embracing this new chapter in his book.  After my mini-meltdown, I was fine.

I didn't know what to expect at orientation.  I figured that parents would ride the school bus with their children.  wrong.  I figured that we would be sitting on tiny chairs in the Kindergarten room listening to the teacher talk about snacks and school supplies.  wrong.  I envisioned watching our children play.  wrong.

All in all, I was totally wrong.  The children stayed together with one of the teachers while the parents went to the gymnasium to hear an hour's worth of information.  Each Kindergarten classroom has two certified teachers working together.  I was exhausted by the end of the presentations!  Kindergarten is some serious stuff.  Also, the packet of printed information that was given to us took me over 1.5 hours to read. I thought I had it rough as a high school teacher.  No way!  The organization and compassion of Kindergarten teachers should warrant them a "Go To Heaven Free Card."

Nevertheless, at the end of the orientation Walnut had a smile a mile long.  It looks like we're ready for Kindergarten.

By the way, does anyone want to buy a raffle ticket?

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