So K1 has been in school for 1 month. Kindergarten. Wow. I have seen such a difference in her. She has matured so much in one month and I have lost the tiny preschooler and now have a compassionate little girl. She is very kind hearted in school. It is amazing to see the change in her, however, part of me misses the little girl she was.
Her school is amazing. They focus on the needs of the children and they challenge them and teach them how to learn, study and ask questions.
One incident K1 told me about was that another child emptied her bucket (made her feel sad by calling her name), the momma bear in me wanted to march up to the school and beat the other child (no I am condoning violence, but my baby was sad and hurt and I was angry). I asked her if the school did anything to deal with it.
K1 said they sat in a circle and talked about feelings and name calling and how calling people names empties their bucket and that is not kind.
They did a “code of conduct ” that the children had to sign (in their horrible Kindergarten printing). By doing this, each child is taking ownership of the classroom and learning acceptable behavior. I am glad this was the way the name-calling was dealt with. This is teaching each child how to behave as well as teaching empathy and ownership of their actions.
Like I said, one month in and we are doing well. K1 is loving school and hates the weekend when she is home with us! She wants to go back with her friends. The only thing she doesn’t like is the fact that her sister is not there (K2 is 2) and she misses her. K2 misses K1 too. Soon I will have 2 in school and life will fly by in a flash!
Thanks for listening!