Dec 12, 2018

The First Half of Kindergarten

Winter break is almost upon us which means we have almost made it through the first half of the year, so I thought now would be the perfect time to give a little kindergarten update.

I'm not going to lie, starting kindergarten was a little harder than I thought. She had been in preschool for the last two years but there was something about sending her to a new school all day that was hard for me. Granted I was definitely I was more emotional because I was pregnant but it was still hard. It was hard to basically hand over my oldest to someone else to guide her, teach her, and keep her safe throughout the day. I'm definitely a bit protective over her because of all she had gone through and all I wanted was for her to succeed.

But of course Addison was all about kindergarten. She was a bit nervous, but she has always faced things head on even if she's a bit shy. She was confident that she would like it and she would make new friends. I definitely admired her confidence. So I did my best to ignore my doubts and worry and just support her own confidence heading into kindergarten.

From day one she told me that she loved it. She had a great time although I think it did take her a couple days to get comfortable and start making friends. But she did and soon she was talking about some other girls in her classroom that she had befriended. It was a huge relief for sure.


It took a couple weeks but we slowly fell into a routine. Although sometimes we still struggle with getting up in the morning. Everyday when I picked her up from school she was chatty about her day and how things went. Everything seemed to be going good and she was happy at school. And my own anxieties settled.

I was a bit nervous though when we went for the Parent Teacher Conference. I don't really know why I was so nervous but I guess part of it was that I just wanted to hear that she was doing well and that that the worry I had put away was right to be gone. It turned out to be exactly what we thought; she was doing amazing. It took her some time to adjust and get past being so shy, but she is bright and excelling in school.

We knew she was a little ahead when it came to reading but we found out that she was way ahead of all her classmates. Her teacher was guessing she was at about a 1st or 2nd grade reading level already and made a note to have the librarian help her pick out chapter books in order to continue to push her. Her teacher told us that they would do what they could to continue to push her and keep her challenged.


We are so proud of her and all that she's achieved. You would never know that she was an IEP kid who was delayed in many different areas. When she was discharged from her IEP, we thanked all the therapists who helped her but they said it was us. We continued to push her and believe in her and work with her and that's what got her to where she was. But really I think it was just Addison. I think Addison is a fighter and brilliant.

So needlessly to say kindergarten has gone well. She is loving it and all things school. Although she does love the weekends when she gets to sleep in. But who doesn't love sleeping in?!

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