Sunday, August 2, 2009

Answers, please

On August 10, Jack will be starting Kindergarten. Ever since we decided on a school and were accepted, questions kept popping into my mind. As we've gotten closer to the {cue scary music} first day of school I've become more stressed and frantic. Not just about Jack's school but life in general.

So, here are some of the things I've been wondering...

Do kindergartners have homework?


How can I find a carpool buddy?


How can I find a buddy?

Will Jack make a buddy?

Will being the youngest kid in the class be detrimental for Jack?

Do I have to get a specific brand of khaki pants for his uniform or will any khaki pants work?

Now that my hair has stopped falling out, how long until the little wispy pieces growing in are long enough so that I no longer look like an electrified Chia Pet?

If I take this picture and blow it up poster-size and tape it up over my bed, will my husband object?

25 comments:

Sneaky Momma said...

I used to teach first grade. Our kindergarten gave some type of homework every night, usually in the form of reading a story with a parent.
Good luck with the rest of your questions! :)

stephanie said...

hey girl, you know I could write a book here but you and Jack will make friends easily. Sign up to volunteer, be friendly with the room mom and you are in. You should be given guidelines for uniforms- if they have to come from a certain place or not. As for the hair, I have so many baby bangs I don't think I have any normal hair left and I look like a hedgehog by my part when I use hair spray!

easy edges studio said...

i can't help you with all the school answers...but the answer to the last question is a very probable YES!...haha...you are too funny!

He & Me + 3 said...

I used to teach Kindergarten, we had a little bit of homework, but mostly reading with a parent. Love that picture, but I think both our husbands would be mad:)

Lauren said...

he will probably have some homework but nothing to stress over. Seriously it will be stuff like practicing writing letters or reading a book with you. I am still waiting for my Libby wispy's to finish growing in so I don't know about the chia pet thing, but if you do hang that poster on your ceiling, can I sleep in your room this weekend...

Twisted Cinderella said...

Try not to stress, these things will all work themselves out.

And if your husband doesn't object, can he have a chat with mine? ***mmmm ... sigh***

Krystyn said...

Jack will totally find friends...and hopefully, you can find a carpool buddy.

The picture? Not so sure about that one!

John Deere Mom said...

You are cracking me up! I am sure everything will be fine and everyone will find a buddy. But the poster? Ick. Sorry.

lisaschaos said...

Talk about overload! Just breathe! It will all be ok - you both make buddies, you'll soon not be a chia pet and what hubs doesn't know wont hurt him. :)

Gisela said...

I don't know the answers to the school questions, but I've often asked myself that last question. I say go for it! hehe

~*~Kate~*~ said...

Usually they don't have homework in Kindergarten but I could be wrong on that...mine didn't.

Carpool buddy...hmmmm.....I always used family and friend until they were older. I'm the crazy overprotective Mother.

A buddy to play with....that's easy and move to the next question. Jack will find them for you and then you'll weed out by how much you like the Mommy.

My youngest is the youngest in her class and it works out ok academically (sp?) but socially it does have it's drawbacks when they're entering puberty. I think he'll be fine since boys are sweeter to each other than girls. My little one seems to be a follower instead of a leader.

All will be fine Mama...take tons of pictures of his first day!!!

Kelli said...

Jamison did not have homework but most kids do, but simple stuff. I'd volunteer for parties and special events and you'll find a buddy. Also PTA meetings will get you connected as well. Jamison is the youngest in her class (she made the cut off by one day) and she did just fine...no worries. Just give yourself a routine and stay involved and you'll be just fine.

Mommy Dear said...

Haha! I'm with you on the last one! He is beautiful!!!!

You will totally make "school friends" just by volunteering in the classroom/signing up to help out with parties/festivals/etc. (As everyone else said--but it can't be stressed enough!! :-)

As for homework, my Ethan starts his this week--everyday but Friday. It's not much, plus he has a reading log to complete everyday (writing down what book was read and such.)

You both will be fine! Congratulations!!!!

Tina said...

Emily:

Our maddie just finished Kindergarten but it was reading a book to her each night and some other simple things. the main thing they are trying to do with homework is to set up habits.

Join your PTO and be involved is the most important thing....this way you will build relationships with other moms and the staff at school.

This is a big step for any mommy and a scary one also...hang in there!

Momisodes said...

These are all valid questions and concerns. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten next year, and I'm sure I'll have a similar list. Especially since she will always be the younger in her class. Her birthday falls on the actual cut-off date :(

Carrie said...

Alex loved kindergarten last year, and had some homework, but his teacher was great and tailored the homework for each child based on their learning level. He will do great and be surprised at how fast he will grow up this year! Emily starts kindergarten this year...so sad how quickly it goes! {I don't think your husband would object...right?}

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Can't help you. My son is only starting preschool at the end of the month. But I wonder if him being the oldest kid in the class will be detrimental. Heck, maybe we should just both say school is detrimental to our kids!

I hope it goes great. Poster and all.

Vivienne said...

*Yes.
*Wait and see who the other kids/parents in the class are.
*Ditto.
*Yes.
*No.
*Any is fine.
*Electrified Chia Pet is the new black.
*He really shouldn't.

Dee said...

LOL! Great questions! Looks like I have a lot to look forward to in a few years!

Susan Latimer said...

okay. so you are freaking out... very good. you should be!! that is your baby! i keep reassuring the teachers that my kids are rotten. they don't believe me. i think that they are rotten here and little saints with other people. don't know why they do it, but i guess they are preserving their dignity! on to school questions....

he will have homework. make it fun, because it isn't. i thought the teacher was pulling my leg when she said that asher had to write his numbers 1-100 in one night. yeah it took two hours, but the next time, it took less time! they push because they know the kids can get it, eventually. when i went on a field trip with the class, the teacher didn't ask me to keep my kid in line, she did it. these kids adore their teachers. i think the teachers pull out some sort of magic dust!

second question. beg, borrow, or steal a carpool buddy. you won't regret it. just make it as close to your house as possible so that it is truly worth it. what area do you live in and i can keep my ears open for a buddy.....

being the youngest. probably not a big deal.

khakis can be flat or pleated just not carpenter style. you will need khaki pants every wednesday.

the hair question... try an obama chia. whew! i am surprised someone hasn't sued over that thing yet.

by the way, scott, my husband, graduated from auburn in 1993.

hang in there. everything will be alright!
susan

heidi said...

What's left to say that hasn't been said?

Tell your husband that it's either that picture or this one: http://davidroyer.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/mg_georgethetimelessartofs.jpg

Brandi said...

Well, I homeschool so I'm afraid I'm not help to you there, but I'm sure he'll do great! However, I'll be waiting anxiously to hear how your hubby reacts to that poster... if you can get away with it maybe I can slip that one by my hubby too! HAHA!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

We did open house last night...and I was nervous about who was going to be in Henry's class! One of my best friend's little boy is in his class {along with a few others that I know!} which makes Kindergarten so much easier! I'm sure you and Jack will make friends SUPER fast! I think they do have some homework...but not a lot! My hair is doing the same thing right now! I have all this little short stuff on the side of my head and it won't lay down for anything! It doesn't help that it has been so hot and humid that my hair has turned into a major frizz ball!

Amy - AKA - TigerMommie said...

You're too funny!
I don't remember getting any homework until like 4th grade, but I think they do start in kindergarten now!

Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings said...

OK, you are stinkin' hilarious! I'm assuming by now Jack has started school, so I'll keep reading to see if any of your questions have been answered. ;)