I'm here to tell you that kindergarten is hard.
For us, (and I am mostly talking about me,) the start of kindergarten was rough. We had breezed through preschool and felt such confidence with school. Kindergarten started and there was homework (every night??), organized sports, and a little person who is a lot more independent than when they were in their sweet little preschool program.
All of a sudden, I found myself at the new parent meeting, the PTA meeting, the school social--and that was just the first week. Nora had all new classmates, was experiencing her first round of standardized tests and was just overall a little unsettled. I definitely was. We were trying to keep up and I couldn't help but think, this is just kindergarten, right?!
Getting dressed for school was an hour affair. This little one abides by the Punky Brewster school of fashion. And forget about it, if I suggest the cute preppy stripped shirt. Timing is let's just say…tricky.
Everything about the way kids learn has changed. During a new school meeting the teacher causally mentioned ten-frames and Fry words. And I am sitting there, like, what the heck is a Fry word?? Pretty sure I'm not phonemically aware.
Let's talk about homework. How do you motivate someone who is tired from school to do more? Could we hire a tutor to do this?? I really wasn't liking it either.
I volunteered at the Halloween party and (perhaps) didn't read the emails as closely as I should have since I was just in charge of the snack. Which for the record was donut holes via the Dunkin' Donuts drive-through and juice boxes. I ended up having a station (i.e. kids for 10 minutes at a time)...and was sitting there bartender-style with a bunch of kids staring at me. We decided to play "would you rather" and called it a day.
All I kept thinking is once school started was, can't we just play, snuggle, and read books together (and repeat)?
We now have over half of the year under our belt and we are finding our way. Turns out ten frames are awesome; maybe math might have made sense had I grown up in this day in age (maaaybe). Nora is learning to read (pretty magical!). And Brian has now coached soccer and basketball and the two of them get to spend lots of time together while Nora tries new things. The confidence is slowly creeping back.
Growing pains are rough, but we are finding the balance. Patience is my mantra.
**Image via LIFE magazine