Sunday, 29 January 2012

Where is the Starting School Stress?

OK, I lied, I was not really back.
My Laptop is still in for repairs and the Workaholics has been sporadically available for my use, which has not been conducive to writing anything.
It is a bit sad really because I have so much in my head.

The Little Man is off to Kindergarten on Tuesday morning.  He is currently excited and counting down to the big occasion.  If only they could maintain that excitement for thirteen years!

I simply cannot wait to get him off to school.  He is sooo ready.  He is one of those kids that was ready at the beginning of term 4 last year and we have been paying for it with his attitude since October.  If only they did a new intake each term or even six monthly like in the old days.  I simply cannot imagine dealing with him if he had been following the current trend of holding boys back till they are nearly 6!  There may have been a murder...

What I am not looking forward to the 8.15am start or the 2.40pm pickup time, EVERY day.  It is dawning on me how much simpler it is to potter through the mornings with kids.  I am already freaking out about the pressure of being ready and at school by 8.15.  The Munchkin is usually not even up by 8.15!!

Don't tell anyone, but I have not even labeled everything yet.  What a malarky that is!!  We were given specific instructions on how to facilitate this.  I have completely ignored the instructions and am intending to use labels ordered from a different source along with the trusty laundry marker.  I may live to rue the day!  We will see this evening when I am planing to do this task.

To be honest this whole starting school for the first time doesn't seem to hard.  I have not stressed about it much.  Uniforms were purchased in December by appointment, school shoes and school runners were purchased one afternoon on a visit to Chatswood and the lunchbox and assorted stationery were delivered by Santa at Christmas time.  I honestly feel like I am missing something...

It should be harder, shouldn't it?

Along with the drop off and pick up times I am dreading the lunch preparation most of all.  I loved the chef at the Little Man's pre-school.  She did everything, I never even thought about food.  I kept hearing about the lunch box requirements of Kindergarten kids from my friends, so I asked at orientation.  I was relieved to hear that the school suggests minimal lunches because the left overs go to the chickens or in the compost.  A sandwich for lunch and a snack for morning tea.  More is frowned upon and the only restriction that I have to worry about is that they are a nut free school. YeeHaaa!  That makes it much easier for me.  The Little Man will undoubtedly request a vegemite or a Peck's Paste (I know, weirdo) sandwich and an apple.

We have been sent the first day information and a running sheet to read to him in preparation of his first day.  I was interested to note that parents are not to enter the school gates.  We drop them at the gate and pick them up from their teacher at the gate and this is how it will continue.  It seems we are part of the school on an invitation only basis!

What am I missing? Should I be more panicked by the first day of school?

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like you are good to go Sam, once the labelling is done! Nope, I don't think you should be hectic, or worried. Be relaxed and your Little Man will be relaxed too. :-)

    Good luck!


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