David had his first day of Kindergarten today.
I guess you could call it a soft roll-out, because today I had to go with him and stay. It only lasted for 2 hours, and all he did was have recess, story time, snack time and go on a bus ride.
You know. All the fun stuff. So now he thinks that’s all you do in Kindergarten. He’s in for a shock tomorrow.
While the kids were having fun we (the parents) were in a meeting learning all about the school, the five hundred forms we have to fill out tonight, and all the rules we have to remember. My head is swimming from all the information. It’s a little overwhelming.
Basically what I got out of it is that kindergarten is going to be more work for me than it is for David.
The morning finished off with all of us piling on a bus, and going on a ride around the parking lot.
That was great fun.
We were packed three to a seat, kindergartners, parents, younger siblings who had to tag along. I don’t remember those seats being that small when I was a kid. There air conditioning wasn’t on, and the windows were all up. It was loud, rowdy and somebody was crying. And it wasn’t me. I was just whimpering quietly.
Boy was I glad when that was over.
Kindergarten sure has changed since I was five. You know, waaaaaaaay back in the last millennium.
I remember pretty much being left at the classroom door on my first day, and after that I just had to cope. If you cried, you cried. If you got lost, you got lost. If you ate paste, you ate paste.
(Do they still make paste?)
I guess my parents had to figure out everything for themselves too, because I don’t recall any marathon orientation seminars for them.
There just wasn’t all this hand holding that goes on today.
I know I didn’t have homework when I was in kindergarten either. David will have assignments that he we have to turn in every week.
So on to day 2, and David’s real first day of kingergarten.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have homework to do.