My little guy is starting kindergarten this year. I have been preparing myself for this day. Education is so important to me and to our family. I have been very involved in his preschool since before he was born. My husband is on the school board for the elementary school he will be attending. We attended Ready for Kindergarten workshops so that we could prepare him the best we could.
And the time has come. Today was his assessment testing. Later this week, he attends two mornings of kindergarten camp and school starts next week. I met with the school’s guidance counselor for a few minutes while he was doing his testing. I kept expecting her to look at his paperwork and tell me that we were a year early! Fortunately, after his assessment, nobody told me I hadn’t prepared him and to come back after we got it right.
We did a little school shopping, just him and I, after his assessment. It was just me and him at Target. He didn’t ride in the cart. He walked beside me. He put lots of things in the cart I had to take out. He picked out new Spiderman underwear and a Spiderman pencil case. He picked out two new t-shirts and we had to buy socks in the big boy department after picking out new sneakers in yet another size bigger. He chose new crayons and pencils.
He is going to school. He is is taking this next big step in growing up and being independent. I will probably have to stop asking for potty logs or checking to see what he is eating. There will be school lunches and gym class and new friends. He will be learning so much in the next year. So much more in this next part of his life. More than I can teach him. More than being a part of a family can teach him.
I guess I better get ready. He is ready!