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post #21 of 33

My youngest is starting kindy in 3 weeks. We have all day in our town and I know the school very well because my oldest attends and is entering 4thh grade. MY baby is VERY excited. Very.

 

She knows all the people in the building, all the big kids and a lot of the 1st graders  live on our block so she already plays with them so she will know all the kids at  lunch. Did I mention she is excited? We bought a lunchbox and backpack in June she found, we bought gym shoes today and a new  pair of school shoes.

 

I am thinking this is bittersweet. Mainly because I am going back to work and I want to so its ending my almost 10 yrs of SAH momming.

post #22 of 33

We went to the orientation for our oldest's kindy yesterday. He was really nervous before and kept saying he no longer wanted to go, but now he's seen it, met the teacher and some kids, he's into it now and woke up this morning early, dressed in the colors of his uniform (not the right clothes though they haven't arrived yet) and said "I'm ready to go to school now" hehe it doesn't start til the 15th. I'm planning to send lunch and snack each day, the food there is so-so for lunch and terrible for snacks. I'm going to try and schedule time to volunteer in the school too, with the 2 year old in tow I won't be able to do anything but help at festivals and parties, but DH can sometimes take DS2.

post #23 of 33

 Do you think 30 mins of homework is acceptable for K ?

 

 I was shocked when the principal mentioned that  at the K Orientation.

 

 

post #24 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thirty minutes seem like a lot for kindergarten!  Does it include reading to your child?  I guess it wouldn't be so bad if that included reading to your child for 20 minuntes or something.. 

 

post #25 of 33
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Originally Posted by SoCaliMommy View Post

 Do you think 30 mins of homework is acceptable for K ?

 

 I was shocked when the principal mentioned that  at the K Orientation.

 

 



I think it depends greatly on what kind of homework and who your child is. Both my kids had homework in kindergarten but the sort of homework they got was no issue. They got this monthly calendar with 30 various activities. They were to complete like 3 a week but they could choose the ones they wanted. The activities were everything from "count all the windows in your house" to "help prepare dinner." They also kept a book list of what they read or what was read to them. It was really no biggie and my kids really enjoyed the activity.

 

I find most teachers and principals give the worst case scenario in reguards to homework time. 30 minutes is probably the extreme as opposed to the norm. It MAY take your child 30 minutes a night but it may also just take them 5 minutes. Neither of my kids truely had 30 minutes a night until 5th grade.

 

30 minutes a night does sound like way too much for kindergarten but I'd hold off judgement until you see exactly what that means. If it really is that much, you can negotiate with teachers. Often arrangements and compromises can be made if it's disruptive to home life.

 

 

 

post #26 of 33

 

 They said the type of homework will depend on the teacher. The first day of school is tomorrow, so we'll find out when homework starts and what it will be.

 

 

 

post #27 of 33

My youngest will start in February with the new school year...Another poster mentioned their child still cries a lot, and loudly!  This is my boy too *sigh*   He is emotionally so immature, and I don't know how he'll handle it.. and this AFTER not putting him in prep when I techically could have at the start of this year!  I'm really hoping to see some progress with emotional maturity as the year goes on... we did preschool, but when our child care benefit droppedn and the fees rose up to 550 a month for 3 days a week, I couldn't afford that! and we're now doing playgroups etc instead :)  He is excited about going to big boy school though!  He wants to be just like his big brothers... our schools do uniforms here and he's really looking forward to that (he'll say oh I can't wait to have a uniform, a school shirt, and school shorts, and school SHOES and a school hat, and school bag... and jacket! lol he names every single item every single time.. it's adorable)  and he will have his brothers on campus as well in grades 5 & 2.  It's a while off yet for us... but it's still knocking around in the back of my mind

 

post #28 of 33

My daughter is going to Kindergarten this fall. Right now I feel as if I will not cry, but I know I will ball. I just pray that she doesn't be clingy to me. She's been in Pre-K for a year and is so smart. Any tips from some parents thats been there that might help her to be a big girl??????

Thanks in advance

post #29 of 33

Audrea21, my DS started Kindergarten last year. Prior to that, he'd never been on pre-K or even babysat AT ALL. I was a bit worried too about how the first day of Kindergarten would be being that he's very attached to me.

In the months before kindergarten, I made sure to involve him in all the preparations needed. Shopping for clothes, supplies, lunchboxes, etc. I let him choose his own stuff and that got him really excited for kindergarten.

I was fully expecting him to cling to me on that first day and was bracing mysel for a scene. I could not be any more wrong. It was more like a "don't let the door hit you on the way out" kind of scenario. LOL

post #30 of 33
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My daughter is going to Kindergarten this fall. Right now I feel as if I will not cry, but I know I will ball. I just pray that she doesn't be clingy to me. She's been in Pre-K for a year and is so smart. Any tips from some parents thats been there that might help her to be a big girl??????

Thanks in advance

 

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Originally Posted by CarriOfOz  -  My youngest will start in February with the new school year...Another poster mentioned their child still cries a lot, and loudly!  This is my boy too *sigh*   He is emotionally so immature, and I don't know how he'll handle it..

 

My dd was equal parts social butterfly and clingy when she started K. The teacher (and their "fit" with your child) is an important part of how well this all works out smile.gif; of my children and their cousins the two that had the more difficult time in K (no universal pre-k) had the teachers that were the least affectionate/mommy-like. Dd's teacher was the right combination of affection and no-nonsense, for her. Dd did cry a lot in the beginning, not due to leaving me (dh takes them to school anyway) but because she is emotional and is youngish for her grade (June Bday with Sept 1 cut-off); this got better after a couple months. Dd was also the overly affectionate child of the class (her teacher said she has 1 or 2 like this each year) and had to be reminded to keep her hands (and lips) to herself blush.gif.

 

That your dd has been in pre-k should help overall, though if her day will be longer that may be a big adjustment. My dd had a hard time with the long day and was one of the few that napped through quiet time every day--her teacher brought in a pillow and hello kitty blanket for dd to nap withlove.gif. The degree to which they promote positive peer interaction and intervene in negative interaction is really important too--everything is easier with friends hug2.gif.

 

The amount of homework for the first month was redonkulous dizzy.gif. There was an alphabet chart, a number chart, days of the week cards, and months of the year cards, that we were supposed to review nightly, nightly reading, plus pages of writing practice with letters and numbers. We didn't review all of the charts/cards every day, and after the first month the writing tapered off.

post #31 of 33

DS just turned 5 and will start in September at a very good public charter. I am terrified. He is excited. He has a lot of quite lovely part time preschool experience but I think public will be a rude adjustment. Lunch is a mandatory organic farmer's market thing so I am hoping that works well. We just pack a snack.

 

No uniforms although my sister raves about the ones from Land's End. Still waiting for a supply list which has me kind of panicked.

 

Still working on bottom wiping. Eyeroll.

post #32 of 33
My baby will be in kindergarten next month. It's not a huge deal to me, or him, bc it will be his 3rd year in the same classroom (Montessori). He's already been going full-day, and his teacher and most of his classmates will be the same. The next yr will be more eventful since he'll move on as a 1st grader in a 6-9 yo classroom.

He's my 4th kid, so that's also why starting K isn't a sad or scary thing for me.
post #33 of 33

My daughter is starting Kindergarten in the Fall, after Labor Day.  I think she's excited - she was in a Transitional Kindergarten class last year and the teacher was always talking to them about what to expect in Kindergarten.  So she's always telling me stuff like - "Mommy, I can't wear shirts that have skinny straps", "I have to eat fast at the lunch table and I can't talk a lot or I'll be so starving in the afternoon", etc.  As far as having friends, she won't have any in Kindy at her elementary school.  Quite a few children who were in her preschool in previous years are rising 1st graders (she missed the cut off by 3 weeks so a large majority of her friends at 4 years old went to Kindergarten).  She is attending a magnet school so we don't have a neighborhood component.  Thankfully, the PTA is super active and the PTA lead for Kindy has organized weekly playdates so the kids can get to know each other.  We've been able to attend a couple so that's been nice.  In my county, the school district has a wonky districting policy so we are focusing on the friends we have from activities like dance, swimming, girl scouts...

 

I think my biggest worry is that they won't differentiate enough for my mature, older, academically focused Kindergartener!  I'm trying to hold back my alpha helicopter Mom and just let them test her during the staggered entry and not feel like I need to go in and start advocating for her from the start.
 

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