I sent Zoe off to her last ever day of kinder today (Izzy went later after being up half the night with asthma). A momentous event in this house… mostly because it is the second time we’ve done it.
We did the end of year concert, the kid-made gift giving and the last day party this time last year, except we knew it wasn’t going to be their last day of kinder. By then the deal was done, the difficult decisions made, and the forms filled in. The girls would do a second year of four year old kinder.
This year they started four year old kinder again, at a new kinder, with new teachers and new kids. That first week I looked at them, head and shoulders taller than everyone else, and I wondered if we’d made the right decision. They seemed so much older than everyone else, and I wondered if another year would make much difference to all things social and emotional.
Today it’s easy to know that we made the right decision.
Sure, they are still sensitive. They still stick together like glue most of the time. They still don’t have many friends. They still only sang the songs they wanted to at the concert and they still crawled into my clothes when Santa arrived on the fire truck, sirens blazing this morning. But this year those little quirks and difficulties have been embraced, and quietly challenged by two wonderful teachers. This year they have been super keen to go to kinder every day and what’s more they are super keen to start school next year.
They could have started school this year, and probably things would have worked out okay. But an extra year to grow, and extra year to be ‘little kids’ and play and have fun and an extra year to enjoy a wonderful kinder program and an extra year to become excited about starting school has been wonderful.
So that’s it girls… kinder is over… bring on big school!
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Such a huge step. I’m glad you are happy with the decision you made :-)
School next year :eek:
I remember you having to make that decision – excellent that it bore such great fruit!
You are such a brave Mummy, I have seen many parents struggle in the same situation. I am so glad the girls had such a happy, positive year and are excited about starting school. And I am glad they had an extra year to play!
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That is a hard decision. I’m glad it worked out for them.
Yay! Sounds like they’re right where they need to be to take on the big school experience!
Waiting until Erik was 7.5 until he started formal schooling was the best decision we’ve made with regard to his education. Three years on NO ONE ever remarks on him having started school so late. There is NO difference between him and the other kids (there wasn’t even after the first year of school)… He’s certainly not disadvantaged by it…
Definately sounds like you made the right decision and the girls are flourishing :)
Once they start school it starts to speed up so quickly! Your girls will love it even more because they are ready for it.
One of my boys repeated pre-school and the one repeated Prep this year and will do Year 1 in 2010. In both cases it was a really good decision. Best wishes for the start of school