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#1 of 6 Old 08-21-2008, 01:09 AM - Thread Starter
 
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We're a little different in that we're not totally homeschooling by choice, my son is home due to the fact that he's medically fragile. He's 5 and would be starting kindergarten this year, but he's on the district's Home & Hospital program with an in-home teacher who comes by 5 hours/week.

I feel a little sad that he's missing out on the First Day Of School, and the whole big Kindergarten transition. I have such great memories of that day, complete with pictures of me in my new outfit and new haircut all ready to get on the bus. Should I still make a big deal out of starting school this year, and make note of the fact that he's a kindergartener now? How should I help this feel special to him (and to me too)?
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I say why not?
we aren't making a big deal out of it simply b/c mostly we feel like unschoolers.

However since your son is technically entering K go ahead and get him the haircut. Take his picture with the apple and his teacher.
If kids take a bus maybe he can get a bus ride one day...not sure if he is allowed medically to do that or not though.

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When we started K with our twins last year, we were way up in the mountains in a remote setting, yet we tried to mark the day by getting them some new, inscribed books and taking their pictures in front of the cabin. Honestly, this was what my dh wanted to do, I am not sentimental that way, but it was important to him for the same reasons that it is important to you, probably. I think that based on your feelings, you should go for it.
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yea, we celebrate back to school here....but we make big deals about a lot of stuff though "we're going to the movies today - THIS IS GONNA BE AWESOME...CAN'T WAIT!! WAHOO!!!"


as for making it seem special, that just depends on jackson. my dd loves back to school shopping - so we get her new notebooks, back pack, lunch pail, etc. then we take a picture the first day of school and go out for supper that night (which is a big deal for us - lol).

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We like celebrating. On our first day, we usually go out for breakfast.

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I think if you are feeling sad about not having something to celebrate the start of school, by all means, do something special! Buy a new outfit, get haircuts, have a new book(s), new pencils and crayons, take pictures, make your son's favorite meal to celebrate the day over dinner.

I can understand falling into hs-ing and really missing going to school-- that is what happened to us due to a horrible teacher at ds school. But I can assure you that this also has been a great and surprising journey, too. There is much joy and happiness and good times to make good memories along this path.
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