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Kindergarten Countdown

This Rivertowns mom is gearing up to send her first child to kindergarten. With a range of emotions, she shares her hopes for her daughter's first year of school.

The countdown to kindergarten is in full swing! In one week, I’ll be sending my first born off into her first "real" school classroom. I'm not sure who is more nervous – she or I! There is so much to be nervous and excited for: the bus ride, making new friends, learning new things, eating in a cafeteria, recess, homework, new teachers and more. And if I know my daughter, she will make the most of it by showing her sparkling smile and bubbly personality, and the teachers and kids will adore her (I hope). And knowing myself, I’ll be more nervous than if it was my first day, as I eagerly await the return of the bus to see her reaction as she gets off.

So in the spirit of this significant milestone in any child and parent’s life, I have compiled a short list of some of my hopes for her, to achieve during her first year of school and beyond. In no particular order, they are to:

1. Learn all of your classmates names and get to know everyone individually

2. Enjoy the comfort in having your best friend in your class, but be sure to spend time with other kids at lunch, on the playground and on the bus

3. Tell me one great thing and one not so great thing about school each day

4. Learn to read and practice, practice, practice

5. Not be bullied or be a bully, and speak up if you see bullying happening

6. Befriend someone in the class who doesn’t know anyone

7. Learn a little math, a little spelling and a little science

8. Bring home a new library book once a week

9. Try something new from the cafeteria each week

10. Stay true to yourself

11. Do your school assignments carefully and ask for help when it’s needed

12. Be kind to everyone: the custodians, librarians, bus driver, teachers and other kids

13. Remember to wait your turn, raise your hand and overall, be a good student and friend

14. Learn from your mistakes

15. Don’t whine, cheat or complain – everyone is in the same boat

I know that my big girl will board the bus with excitement and trepidation and I’ll watch with tears in my eyes and wonder how she grew up so quickly. It feels like just yesterday that I watched her walk into her preschool classroom and in the blink of an eye, kindergarten is here. 

What hopes do you have for your school children this year? Share them below!

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Heron August 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Have things changed since my kids were in kindergarten? Mine didn't learn to read (as part of the school curriculum) until first grade. They did lots of alphabet-related projects. There were some kids who could read in the class, and others, not at all. (at the end of the year.) I'm wondering if the schools have changed this.
Heron August 31, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Does anyone watch that show "Kindergarten" on HBO? My kids are grown, and I'm not a teacher, but I enjoy that show SOOOO much. It's my guilty pleasure. And I love the kids in that class.
Dina Sciortino August 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Oh my gosh! I LOVE that show so much!
anonymous September 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
When is that show on HBO?
donna September 05, 2012 at 10:05 PM
take it down a thousand. this blog is the height of self involved idiocy.

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