I wanted for a while and for many reasons to home educate my kids (at least for the first few years) It seemed so wonderful, so flexible and suited to the child… unfortunately due to our current circumstances and my uncertainty with grief we decided school was the right thing for them right now and this week opened the page to the chapter I have been dreading – the path to starting school/Nursery in mainstream education ahhhhhhh.
As I sat at playgroup on Tueday morning I had the feeling I was supposed to be somewhere. I was. Ethan was due to visit his class room and new buddies on Tuesday morning and Megan Wednesday afternoon and I had completely forgotten Ethan’s visit! After a mad panic and a frantic phone call to school Ethan was able to tag along to the Wednesday group visit (which was far more convenient) and Megan into her new Nursery.
Megan went in with zero issues and not even a glance back (phew) and after telling them she was potty trained… came out having Pooped her pants and wet herself (awkward), but other than this minor set back I was surprised at how “right” and natural it felt taking them. No regrets, no worry. I dropped them off and felt calm and happy as oppose to the anticipated dread of this moment that has been brewing. They both left beaming and chatting all about their uniforms, friends, teachers, trophies, water play, drinking fountains and whole host of other things. They had made some pictures and new friends and greatly looking forward to September.
It wasn’t how I had hoped or imagined this phase of life to be for them but I am not disappointed either, it felt right and they were happy! I will really miss the wonderful staff and atmosphere of the Montessori nursery they have been attending but I know that this school will be great and also convenient for us all. The small numbers, kindness and values it has are perfect for our family and its a really good school and was our 1st choice – Bonus.
To mark the “end of an era” Ethan “graduated” pre-school on Saturday…
It was lovely but also SO funny to see all of the extravagance for a bunch of 4 year old kids…the cap and gown cracked me up, but I am really pleased to have been a part of it because it was really sweet to watch and to hear and see just how fond of the kids all the staff are and to also mark the end of this phase and look forward to the next. I don’t worry about Megan in our next chapter…its only Nursery and she can hold her own and is fiercely independent but there are so many things I wonder and worry for about Ethan – What will be his strengths? What will we need to spend more time on? Who will be his friends? What will he look like in his uniform? Will he love the good old Biff, Kip and Chip books? Will he be happy? Will people like him? Will he stand his ground? Will he have fun? Adjust well to it? Will he shine?