|Little Miss's Toddler Room|
Age 22 months.
The principal asked the kids if they were ready for kindergarten and most responded that they were. He then asked the parents and the response this time was a bit mixed. Perhaps it is because Little Miss has been in daycare since she was one, even when I was off on mat leave with Buddy she went part time, but I am not sad about her going to kindergarten. I am excited for her because she is so excited. She is ready for the challenge and I cannot wait to see her continue to grow into the girl she is becoming.
That being said, it will be a total logistical nightmare for me. I am already in the planning stages trying to figure out before and after school care, lunches and how much time I will lose here at work during the initial introduction to kindergarten stage.
I LOVE the daycare that she goes to now. The staff is awesome, the program is interesting and stimulating and both she and Buddy go there so it makes my mornings just that much easier. The daycare is about a 15 minute walk to her school but currently there is no way to get her to kindergarten and back to the daycare so that she can stay there. Kindergarten is only 3 days a week and so she will need care the other days. Also, I work from 8 until 4 but school is from 9:15 until 3:35 (I have no idea how they come up with these times but they are rather silly) and so she will need to be somewhere both before and after.
So, I have decided become that squeaky wheel parent. I have come up with a plan that will allow her to stay at her daycare and get her to and from school. I think this is something that can easily be accomplished and it is something that I want accomplished. As of yesterday I began a campaign to get Little Miss onto a bus that will take her to and from school from her daycare. I am well aware that this may all be in vain but I am going to continue to suggest it and push it until the file the restraining order . . . okay, perhaps not that far but you understand how much I want this to work.
I want the transition to kindergarten to be as easily as possible for both Little Miss and myself . . . perhaps I am not quite as ready as I thought for this huge milestone . . . ah, I guess I will find out in September.
How did you feel when your little ones headed off to school? Did you shed a tear or many tears?