Kindergarten Dreams Shattered

| January 28, 2011 | Comments (2)

There we were, coasting down the road on our bikes as the summer heat started to cool down.  My kindergartner mastered the skill of riding her bike over the summer months and now she felt free as a bird as she pedaled past and waved at the neighborhood horse.  It’s such a treat to be able to ride by every morning and greet her.

I smiled as we turned the corner and the red brick building came into view.  It was the first day of kindergarten and we were on our way to school.  We had a few minutes to spare, so we parked our bikes and raced each other to the school playground for a climb or two across the monkey bars before saying our goodbyes.  It was so comforting to know that she was going to school just down the road, in our own neighborhood.

Let’s back up for a minute to last Tuesday night, parent information night.  Where we (the parents) were informed that our kindergartners would not be attending our neighborhood elementary school.  They do not have the capacity for a full-day kindergarten class and there may not even be a half-day class offered there.  Suddenly, my happy little thoughts of my big girl attending school less than a mile away from home have been shattered.  Not just mine, but over half of the parents attending the same meeting.

Ok, maybe I’m being a bit overly dramatic here, but I was so looking forward to a full day of kindergarten at our neighborhood school.  Many of the other parents were also looking forward to that, judging from all of the moans and groans coming from the audience when the announcement was made.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked that our school district even has a full-day kindergarten option, as I know many districts around here do not.  I had just hoped the location would be a little closer to home.  I’m not all that interested in my 5 year old spending an hour and a half on a school bus every day.  I can get her there in a shorter amount of time, even if I had been looking forward to her attending our own neighborhood school this year.

The information and response that came out of the meeting overwhelmed me a little.  This is all new to me, as I am a first time parent of a kindergartner.  Truthfully, I’m just starting to get used to preschool and now I already have to think about sending her to the big kid’s school?  They’re right, it does go too fast.  Wasn’t I just holding her in my arms and singing her to sleep?

So, my kindergarten dreams for us turned out to be a bit disappointing but ultimately, it’s just for one school year.  I can dream about biking past and waving at the neighborhood horse with her on the way to school next year.  Besides, now we’ll have more time to rock out in the car and I think I can handle that.

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About Amy M: Amy is a suburban Chicago circus clown, I mean, mom, who juggles parenting her two young daughters, her work-at-home job, and her never-ending passion for creativity. She lives each day to the fullest and often feels like there aren't enough hours in the day. She has a blog called ParentSphere where she talks about the people, places and things that make her life a happy place. View author profile.

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  1. Wait until she gets to kindergarten next year. Any thought about easing her into school will be gone. It’s full-blown academics. You’re better off in 1/2 day school anyway. I know a lot of parents who said full day kindergarten was basically free daycare for working parents. Now that the budgets are to tight, full day kindergarten is often the first thing to go.

  2. I’m looking forward to full day kindergarten in the fall myself and praying really hard that budget cuts don’t shatter my dreams too.

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