Yesterday kicked off the new school year. Liam began fourth grade and Jamie began kindergarten. It’s a big year for both of them. In Liam’s case, he changes classes this year so he has three teachers instead of just the one. He is also starting band this year and taking on the trumpet. I know he’ll do great but I also know he was a bit anxious about it all.
For Jamie, it’s a switch to school 5 days a week. It’s still only half days like preschool was but now he gets to ride the bus in the morning and he has a spot at a table that’s all his and a locker for his bag. Jamie has been anxious, too. Yesterday he had orientation (which parents attended) and he was feeling very shy and clingy. This morning he was asking all kinds of questions about how things work. He’ll get through it and he’s going to love it but it’s a lot to process for him.
This morning was our first morning on the new schedule of getting TWO kids out the door at the same time. Um. That was hectic – more than I expected it to be. I’m going to have to practice or make some adjustments to the morning routine to make it all work. But, we finally managed to get everything together and get out of the house on time and up to the bus stop. Jamie was going to get to ride the bus with his brother for the first time. He’d been looking forward to this for YEARS.
They’re off! I’m the mother of two school age children!
When Liam came home yesterday he said that his first day was good and he was in very good spirits. I think a lot of his anxiety eased once he got to school and dug into the first day.
I picked Jamie up today and he was a chatterbox. School was good! They went on a very long walk! His legs are tired! Police cars stopped traffic for their walk and the first car was Officer Zola! (He taught them bus safety yesterday.)
Next week we settle into the new schedule full time. We’re off to a great start!