Thursday, September 9, 2010
first day of school
mason had his first day at kindergarten yesterday. he was so cute and woke up at 6 am all excited to go. i was so relieved to see him in a good mood. we loaded up the whole family to drive him to school. miles and i were a bit shocked at how much traffic there was and we ended up parking the car so far away that it took 20 minutes to walk him to class. we were ten minutes late. ugh. i was really feeling like a crappy parent. not only is my kid starting school a week later than everyone else he is now late for his first day. oh well, it will not happen again. i am determined to get him to school on time from now on.
today was much worse than yesterday. we made it to school early but apparently the excitement of the first day has passed and mason did not want to go to class today. he was really upset and ended up screaming and crying the whole time while we waited in line for his teacher to get there. he was having a complete meltdown. i felt so bad for him. he really is very young and has never been in any preschool. he just kept saying he wanted to go back to the car and screamed. it really took all my willpower to not just take him home. the teacher told me the best thing to do is just to leave him and let him adjust. i did just leave and she later told me that he stopped crying in about fifteen minutes. i still don't know if he is ready for kindergarten.
the teacher tested him on his letter recognition and sounds and told me he did very well. she said that was very good but she also feels he is young compared to the other students and might do better if he started next year. she did tell me it was really too soon to tell though and we would just see how he does in the next couple of weeks. personally i think i would much rather wait and enroll him next year. i never intended for him to start this year and then at the last moment we decided to just give it a try. i also have a biased opinion. he is my baby and i can't tell if i am just being over protective by wanting him home with me for another year. is it mason that is not ready for kindergarten or just me?