BK and Kindergarten

BK has completed his first full week of kindergarten.  Honestly, it’s been challenging for all of us.  This kid does not like change, and he wants us all to know it.

The first day of kindergarten started off pretty well.  First, the kids actually get to take a little bit longer to get ready in the morning as BK gets on the bus about 30 minutes later than I used to drop them off at daycare.  I found myself able to get a lot more done in the mornings, and the kids are much more awake.

kindergartenWe must have all been a little bit excited and anxious for kindergarten!  I had BK and MK ready for school and outside waiting for the bus a good 20 minutes before it was due.  I wanted to be sure we got plenty of good pictures, and I knew that the bus would probably be running a little early on that first day.  It worked out fine!  I was able to get several good pictures of both of the kids, we listened to Pandora radio on my phone, and we just enjoyed the nice weather.

When the bus pulled up, BK was ready!  He had his book bag on, gave MK and I a hug, and he resolutely climbed the stairs.  In our house, he’s such a big boy, but he looked so tiny climbing on to that bus!  It made MK and I both a little sad to watch him go.kindergarten

Nevertheless, MK and I climbed into my car to continue our day.  She teared up a little bit when I took her into daycare without BK, and we talked about how it was okay to miss BK, but she was a big girl now.  She could do this on her own.  She gave a little sniff, a nod of her head, and then a tiny smile.  She liked being called a big girl!

I was anxious to get home at the end of the day to see my new kindergartener.  He, it turns out, was equally anxious to get home.  He was not too happy.  First, he didn’t have enough time to eat all of his lunch at school.  He had eaten hot lunch that day, but he informed me that he would only do cold lunch now.  Then, he told me that I forgot to pack an afternoon snack for him.  I didn’t even know I was supposed to do that!  The night before, at kindergarten orientation, we were given a huge stack of papers and few instructions.  On the last page of those papers, I found where it said we should pack a healthy snack.  Oops.

BK’s next complaint was about his lack of friends.  I knew that part would be hard for him, but I reminded him that school has just started.  He will make friends.  BK also complained about the bus.  He told me, “I thought it would be fun.  It’s not.”  I’m not sure what he imagined, but I guess reality didn’t align with his imagination.  Honestly, it was a little bit heart breaking.kindergarten

Since that first day, we’ve successfully packed lunch and a snack every day.  BK has also made two friends in his class, found several people that he knows on the bus, and found a couple of kids he knows from daycare in other kindergarten classes.  He’s still asking if he can go to daycare instead of kindergarten every day.

Poor BK is just not good at change.