Today is the first day of Kindergarten for my twins. Molly was a little nervous but once we got into the classroom she was fine. I knew she would be, I was on the Kindergarten team last year working directly with her teachers so she knows them. Mark was a pro since he's been going to his Elementary school for 2+ years in the preK program.
I never cry on the first day of school. I understand that it's difficult for some parents but it's not for me. Just don't ask me about the last day of school, I've cried buckets over saying goodbye to teachers.
I'm not sad that my twins are in Kindergarten. I am nervous about this transition for Mark. Yes my son went to school all day last year through the school district, but that was preK, with his special ed teacher. A woman who knows how to reach her students and deal with a variety of special needs. A woman who's taught Mark since he was 3 years old.
Now he's in a mainstream classroom and it makes me nervous. Not because I think it's the wrong placement for him, we've worked for years to get here. When Mark was 3 we were told that it was going to be impossible to have him mainstreamed by Kindergarten.
Nothing is impossible people!
I'm nervous because the jump from the special ed preK program to mainstreamed Kindergarten in huge. I was on the Kinder team last year, I know exactly what's expected from the kids. I know it would be easier if I didn't know just how often he will be tested and what the writing requirements were by mid year. Did you know that they expect Kindergartners to write 3 sentence stories by January?
Yes January. And last year most of the kids struggled but the special needs and ESL kids struggled so much to the point that they would shut down. Yep being in the classroom definitely is making things worse for my anxiety but I least I know what's coming down the road.
Mark has a wonderful teacher hand picked by yours truly. I know that she will do everything in her power to make Mark succeed. And I know that I'll work just as hard at home since I truly believe a parent is the child's first teacher.
But still the worry lingers.
Will Mark notice that learning comes easier for his twin?
Will it frustrate him if he does notice it?
Will he shut down?
Will the other kids notice his language processing issues?
Will the other kids notice that he drools?
And on and on the worries go.
I was warned by some of the moms from the special ed program that the transition to Kindergarten is rough. Our babies are leaving their secluded environment and venturing into big school. It's a hard transition. One that we will make together.
I would love any advice or inspiration you have to offer from the moms who have made this transition. What helped you and your child?
Rainy first day of school