Finally the most awaited week has come. S started Kindergarten two days back. Irrespective of all our doubts and anxieties, she has had a great time in her first half day and first full day.
Here are the changes in our lives just in the first two days.
Readjusted my work timings – School doors open at 8.15 am and S was not sure of going to ESP both in mornings and evenings, at least the first few days of transitioning. So I have adjusted my work timing to go in by 8.30 am and take a shorter lunch break. It has worked well the first two days. I get extra 30 minutes at home in the mornings. Of course if there are meetings or anything I need to come in for, then we have to switch back. I explained all that to S and she seems to be ok with it.
Packing snacks and drinks – In preschool, the school served snacks and drinks, but here I need to be inventive and planning. I bought a whole store full of fish crackers, vanilla wafers, peanut butter crackers, cheez its etc this week. We also got an assortment of juice boxes and all sorts of fruits.
Packing lunch – S said she will take home lunch most days and if she feels like it, she will buy from cafeteria once a week. So here I am, planning a menu for her daily lunch. Today was pasta, veggie bite and oranges.
Accepting that she will be more independent – This is the biggie. She is in a more unsupervised care now in general. The class size is bigger than preschool. ESP is less supervised. Just yesterday she said one of her friends peed on her dress and she was sitting out on the chair till her parents came. I can anticipate the new students like S being shy about asking for potty breaks at least in the first few days. Also she said they carry their backpacks to potty in ESP, just in case someone else takes it! Well, so responsible! It made me smile. Even though I wanted to tell her that it is ok to leave it out when going to restroom, I did not. I will have to let her figure some things out on her own.