Thursday, September 11, 2008

Four Year Old Kindergarten Here We Come!

This week was the start of 4K (4 year old kindergarten) for Addie. 4K is a Wisconsin preschool program. One of the most exciting parts for Addie is that because she is attending one of the public schools, she gets to ride the bus. It was traumatic for Momma and Daddy but very exciting for Addie. She kept saying, "I'm so excited!" Unfortunately we didn't think much about the camera the night before other than to say that we needed to take some pictures of her that morning. In a series of small disasters, none of our cameras was working that day. Instead, Adam had to take the pictures with his cell phone.

Lily was upset that Addie got to go to school but she didn't. Of course, Lily was also upset that Momma went to work right away in the morning instead of snuggling. Then, Lily was upset because she accidentally got hit in the head with a camera. It was a rough day to be Lily!!

Then it was a mad dash for the bus! (This photo brings back traumatic childhood memories of running for the bus)

There she is, off to her first day of 4 Year Old Kindergarten! She gets to ride a big yellow bus with just the 4 year olds. They have 5 point harnesses for each kid which makes me feel a lot better about the whole thing. I'm a little worried because we don't have the communication with the teacher that I am used to getting from daycare, but Addie is all smiles when she comes home. It sounds like they have a great routine at school and Addie is enjoying herself. The very first day she told me her teacher let her dance. I asked if the other kids danced. "No." I asked if the other kids were singing songs when she did this. "No. They just listen to the songs." Hmmm... was she dancing during quiet time? How did that all come about?

The only problem we're having is that Addie refuses to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. I get her up and get her dressed, but she needs to be at the corner waiting for the bus by 7:50. We tried sending food for her to eat on the bus, but the bus driver doesn't allow it. The big kids eat breakfast at school, but the 4 yr old program starts later so they don't eat breakfast there. By the time snack time rolls around, Addie is starved. I'm not sure what to do!

Lily is having the hardest time with all the changes. Between Addie going to school and Momma working full time, she's feeling left out. It's been a rough series of mornings around our house. I'm confident she'll get used to it, but I feel bad.


Syren said...

What a great first day of school outfit! Love that she is rocking the leggings!

Dana said...


You look like you're ready to conquer the world! AJ is very jealous that you get to ride a school bus.

ChupieandJ'smama said...

How cute she's on the bus. I'd be scared too. Mine was 6 and I was still scared. I'm glad all went well and that she seems to be having a good time.