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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

August 8, 2016

Wells is ready for Kindergarten!  We left the boys at home and headed out together on Saturday to pick out her first backpack and knock out the school supply list.  We did the basic all american thing and went to Pottery Barn Kids, Target (complete with Starbucks and a Jamba Juice and popcorn in our cart), and then Chic Fil A.  I loved every single minute of it.



She spent the entire afternoon practicing leaving and coming home from school.  Complete with fake home work and tests.  She gave herself an A on one and a B on the other and asked me sign it.  Haha!

It is so incredible to see her so confidant about leaving home and starting something new.


When people asked us why we waiting to send her to Kindergarten, this is why.  A year ago, when she was five, she was returning to something familiar for another year of preschool with teachers and friends and a building she knew.  And she was terrified; overwhelmed with anxiety that it was going to be "different" and she was worried about that.  She knew what the Three's had been like and she knew what Pre-K had been like but she didn't know what JK (junior kindergarten) would be like and the unknown was too much for her to process.  So the idea of sending her off the elementary school was absurd.  It didn't matter how many educational skill sets she had mastered or how many of her friends she'd be going off to school with, despite being five she just wasn't ready for Kindergarten last year.  Oh what a difference a year makes.

If you're curious what anxiety looks in a five year old, it's bees in your tummy, and pain in your foot, and waking up all night with the same questions, both specific and abstract, over and over again for weeks despite having been given a solid answer each time.  I'm happy to talk a bit more in depth about that and some of the ways we're teaching her cope.  So far they seem to be working and will hopefully be tools she can continue to use as she gets older.

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8 comments:

  1. You did the right thing! Kudos to you for recognizing she wasn't ready and having grace with her to move at her own pace. That is so exciting for her to be so ready now and so excited for the year to come! Yay Wells!

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  2. How exciting, I'm so glad she's so happy to be headed to kindergarten! I can't even fathom that this day will one day come for our little Sully girl! Our best family friends have a daughter with major anxiety and it was eye opening to see it first hand this past year. Her go-to was lavender essential oil on her hands and feet to calm down when something was stressing her out.

    Erin, Attention to Darling
    www.attentiontodarling.com

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  3. I am a parent of a 32 and 35 year old. I waited a year to send them both to kindergarten. It was obvious for a male...too wiggly, etc. When my daughter got to kindergarten the next year the teacher said why did you wait a year she is so bright (she was right out of college) I replied her pre school teacher said she wasn't ready. It wasn't until about three years later it was obvious..you are doing the right thing..don't listen to those that don't know...

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  4. I would love to hear more about what you do for her anxiety! My daughter suffers from some anxiety as well -- hers is mostly around bedtime and not wanting to sleep alone. Thankful for other mamas and their advice and support!

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  5. My older son's birthday is in late August, and I had spent several years teaching first grade before he was born. It was very obvious, after just a couple of months in the church-based K4 class he attended, that he would not be ready for Kindergarten. He loved his preschool and had a fabulous teacher, but was not mature enough to do the things that would be expected of him the next year. We kept him in K4 for another year (didn't have the Jr. Kindergarten or Transition class available in our community), and by the end of the year, he was ready to move on. Next week, he will begin his junior year in high school. He has done very well academically since starting elementary school and is now beginning to look at colleges. You made the best decision possible for your daughter, one you will never regret.

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  6. Can I ask where your pillows on your chairs are from?? Thank you.

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    1. hey! they're from a shop on etsy called Spark Modern. You can find the link to the right on the side bar : )

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  7. Do you take questions??

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