The carefree days of summer have come to an end for our kids and now they return to days of classrooms, friends and learning. This year our youngest will start going to school for the first time – at least in a formal way.
Our oldest two daughters have been running a school in our basement. They invite their sister downstairs to the playroom for “learn and play.” They have been doing this for a couple of years. I think the learn part has gained prominence over the play part now. They have been teaching her the alphabet, how to spell her name, counting and French. They are quite proud of what they have accomplished as her teachers to date.
It is hard to believe that our almost four year old is starting school. She is simultaneously just a little girl and also a talkative kid, full of personality who can’t wait to go to school like her sisters. She so desperately wants to be like them and with them all the time. By the end of the week she will have been through the integration process and be at school with them.
She will come home exhausted every day. I expect she will also come home with stories to tell us about what she has done, what friends she has made and who she played with during the day.
As parents we are going to have to make some new friends too. We have many friends who have kids in the same grades as our oldest two kids. Almost none of them have a third kid entering the system now. So we will meet new parents and develop a wider circle of friends. We’ll be the experienced parents who know the school and can help others transition into the life of parents with school kids. Yet another way in which this will be a new stage of life for us as a family.
Here’s hoping our oldest two get teachers they like and class assignments with their friends.