L’s last day of kindergarten is today, and the experience is very bittersweet for me. On one hand, I am so freaking excited about having her home all day, every day, that I can’t stand it. On the other hand, how is it that the year is already over? And that as of tomorrow she will be a FIRST GRADER?
Back in August, it felt like this day would never come. I was a nervous wreck on the first day of school, anxious and emotional. I couldn’t wait until summertime and for kindergarten to be over – and now it is. And I’m going to miss it. Kindergarten was a pivotal time for all of us, not just for L.
Here’s what I learned in kindergarten this year:
- My babies can survive without me with them every second of the day
- I can survive without them every second of the day
- It’s okay to trust other adults with the care and stewardship of my children (during school hours at least)
- (Most of) the teachers and staff care almost as much as we do about seeing our kids safe, happy, and successful
- I can no longer be the sole administrator of my child’s social life
- “Phineas and Ferb” is actually a pretty funny show
- Potty talk is something that I have learned to tolerate (to a degree)
- Sight words are a big deal
- So is counting to 100
- Rules taught in the classroom can also be enforced at home. My favorite? “Sit on your pockets and show me your five”. They also work with three-year-olds.
- You’re never too old to love the Book Fair, and the posters are still awesome
- Riding the bus isn’t as scary as I thought it was
- I can’t force my kid to eat vegetables just because I put it in her lunchbox
- PE is MUCH cooler than it was when I was a kid
- Never underestimate the importance of sending money on Spirit Shop days
- Five year olds can become quite fluent in sarcasm
- Watching your baby become an independent kid isn’t as hard as you think it will be