A couple of weeks ago I posted my fears about my son starting kindergarten. He's been going for two weeks now, and I feel like I should give an update. The verdict? Well, it hasn't been perfect, but it's been good - and guess who is growing up? ME.
Yes, it seems that my son was totally ready for all the changes. How he was ready, I have no clue except for God watching over him and guiding him. This new school is so different from his pre-k in so many ways.
I wasn't prepared for how they want the children to become independent immediately. Before school started I had talked to one mom who said that when her daughter was in kindergarten last year (at another local public school) she walked her daughter into class for the first six weeks. I figured I would be walking my son to his class for the first couple of weeks at least, but the school asked the parents to begin using the drop-off line on the second day! Their reason is a good one - to limit the number of non-students and non-teachers roaming the hallways, but it still was unexpected.
My son's class is far into the school building, with several turns to reach it. I worried about how my son would find his classroom by himself, but he assured me that he did indeed know how to get to it. I fretted, I worried, and then I just handed it over to God. And guess what? As always, God has watched over him. My son says that he has had no problems finding his class, and his teacher has a wonderful blog with photos showing him having a good time in class.
And the teacher, the new teacher I was worried about? She seems absolutely amazing! Everyone who told me that she has the most up-to-date teaching skills, tips and tricks were right on the money. (Thank you for your wonderful comments!) She even has a classroom blog with photos and updates on what they learned so that we can feel more connected to the classroom. I think that is the best idea ever! It is so comforting as a parent to see that my child was happy and making friends right away. Also, his teacher loves all the children so much already that she became teary-eyed during the Parent Orientation. My son is in the best hands.
I've had to learn to let my son grow up a little faster than I had planned, but it's a good thing. He has shown such maturity already at only five years old. He is courageous and loving. He is making friends of all colors and social standings (as I had hoped). He is showing God's love to others. He has made me proud of my big boy kindergartener.
I have to continue to remind myself that even though I want to be in charge of my son at all times, that he really is in God's hands. And God is truly good.
Trust in him at all times;
ye people, pour out your heart before him:
God is a refuge for us.
- Psalm 62:8 (KJV)
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