Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WFMW: Kindergarten Roundup the Redshirt Year

Miss A picked out her outfit for the event: her new Justice Shirt, a cool purple scarf and of course those fabulous sparkly shoes. Don't think other girls didn't notice the "sparkle." She said that the first thing her Kindergarten Buddy said to her was "I love the sparkly."
Miss A's "redshirt" year is half way over. It's hard to believe that next year at this time the house will be silent and empty in the afternoons. We've been having lots of fun this fall and have some big ideas of things to do this spring. We just need the weather man to help us out a little bit!

Last week, our elementary school held it's Kindergarten Round Up. Now don't ask me why they felt the need to do this in the middle of January when the 2010-2011 school year is 8 months away, but they did!! Of course, all this week Miss A has been asking when does Kindergarten start again.

Since this is my third time through Round Up, I was prepared. I had my little birth certificate in hand, a camera in my purse, and a set of pens ready to fill out all the forms. If pressed into service, I could give the "Welcome to our school speech" the Principal gave without notes. But I loved looking around at the "newbies" who are getting ready to send child number one out into the world. The parents looked almost as nervous as the children.

Miss A was all confident and ready. She walked right out with her "class" or practice class as she called it to see the Kindergarten classroom, do a craft, and have a snack. She loved it. However, she'd like to make it clear that this is not the teacher she's going to have in the fall. Remember that mom!! I guess she's under the impression she gets to pick and that she'll get to pick a few of her "friends" to be in her class, too!

Going through roundup once again and seeing the other kids, the look of confidence on Miss A's face reaffirmed our decision to hold her back a year and wait to start Kindergarten. She seems much more confident, excited, and ready now than she was last spring or summer. Sure she's a little taller than some of the kids in the class, but she also showed some real leadership holding another little girl's hand as they walked away from the cafeteria.

When we got back in the car to head home that morning, the first thing A said was; "well that's over now, let's go home I'm exhausted." Guess it's tough being a pretend Kindergartner for a morning. It reminded me to enjoy these last few months of freedom that we will have together to soak up our time together and play games, read books and go out to lunch with the ladies. Miss A was so excited to get her own Dry Erase Board and Pen and has been copying down "words" ever since.

Gotta go now, Little House in the Big Woods is calling my and Miss A's name.

Kindergarten Roundup during our Redshirt Year Works for Me; for more WFMW check out We Are THAT Family.

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