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Kindergarten – Terrified before we even begin.

1602140_10152085974543860_1758442243_oWe met with our teacher yesterday afternoon. The classroom looked great. My girl seemed excited. The teacher seemed nice. I was getting comfortable with the notion of her going to school. Since I’m a newbie at this school stuff, I asked her teacher what time I needed to drop her off. I remember looking at the school website last year and classes began at 8.45am until 3pm, so when does she need to be dropped off? Already, I thought the school day was horrendously too long for a 5-year old. I’ve always thought that. My girl is used to spending 4 hours at the playground. She’s always had infinite energy that needs to be expended. And then bombshell is dropped. The kind teacher says she needs to be dropped off at 8am. Whhhhhaaaaattt?  She tells me since “there’s that extra hour, I pick the kids up from the auditorium at 8.10am.”

I’m confused. What the heck is going on? Maybe there’s some super secret process I don’t know about. There’s nothing in the literature about this. What am I missing? Instead of asking her, because I already feel like an idiot, I go home in a state of shock. Aside from the average how-the-hell-am-I-going-to-get-her-to-school-at-8am freakout, I then remember I saw a sign at school that pickup is at 3.30pm. I turn to Google to research and to my horror, discover that her school performed in the bottom 33 of schools in our county for reading and the school board mandated that her school add an extra hour of studying every day. Oh.My.God. Now, the already ridiculously long school day just got longer. My 5-year old is supposed to attend school from 8.15am-3.30pm. I’m horrified. I’m devastated. I knew her school wasn’t the best in the county but oh dear God, I didn’t realize it was that bad. This board decision on school hours only came down 4 weeks ago so all my research, all my agonizing, over the past year was moot.

Last year, her VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) hours were 9am-12pm, and she was burned out by March. This will have her strung out by Halloween.

Now I can’t stop crying. For the immediate future, my hands are tied. She will begin school Monday morning and I will see how it goes. I suspect that in a few weeks, I will be knocking on the doors of other local schools, requesting a transfer. If all else fails, I may have to turn private. I only know that I’m not having her completely jaded from school at the mere age of 5. Kindergarten is supposed to be fun. I know it’s only an hour more, but already the day is much too long for little kids. Now it’s just ridiculous.

Summertime!

10401455_10152208389778860_5846474580722256848_nOh I’m in so much trouble.

My daughter completed VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten) this year where her schedule was  9am-12pm every day, but yesterday she was invited to spend the whole day there. The school’s end-of-year celebration was at 5pm. So I dropped her to school at 9am and didn’t see her again until 5pm which was the longest school day she’s ever had.  She was so excited about the full day. Oh how aware I am that that will be a fleeting joy come next year. Anyway, school celebration came and went. We all came home about 7pm and I watched something happen that was wholly abnormal. The kids played together beautifully for an hour. The time limit was self-imposed because it was bed time, but they both seemed happy to play together and there wasn’t one scream of “Mooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!!

I realize this only happened because she was gone all day yesterday. Neither was sick of the other, they may have actually missed each other. Here’s what else it tells me – I am so much trouble come noon tomorrow when her school year ends and she is home full time for three months.

Oh boy!

Tell me what you do to keep the kids entertained in the summer time! I’m going to need lots of help. Or alcohol.

 

Kindergarten, damn it.

First Day of VPK.I registered my little girl for Kindergarten today. I’m not ready. She’s not ready. OK, maybe she is, but I’m not. I’m not prepared for someone else to spend more time with my child during the day than me. I’m dying here just thinking about her running into hooligans on the playground. Having her away from me for a whole school day (8.45am-3pm), five days a week just seems wrong. She’s my girl. My life. She belongs with me.

She only began preschool this year at aged 4, almost 5. That was hard. But this? This may kill me.

I’d love to home-school her, but then I’d be drunk by midday, everyday. I tip my hat (with a hint of envy) at those who are able to do such a daunting task. I wish I had it in me, but I don’t. I feel like a failure for not having the ability to do it.