Kindergarten Kick-Off!

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“Okay,” I said as I secured the final strap to Declan’s bus safety harness.

I moved my gaze up to Declan’s face to try to locate his eyes through his Spiderman mask.

“Have a good day at school,” I added and kissed the top of his mask before I stood up.

I said goodbye to the other children on the bus and turned to see Declan one last time.

“What a treat!” I thought “All the other parents that put their children on the bus after Declan get to see Spiderman sitting there, in full costume.  I know it makes me smile!”

I waved to Declan one last time and got off the bus.

As the bus drove away I began to think about next year.   Going to Kindergarten, Declan will not be allowed to wear his costume to school every day, right?

What else was going to be different?

Kindergarten Kick-Off!

Last night was Kindergarten orientation.  A chance for Declan to go see his NEW SCHOOL – and some of the things that will be different.

I brought him into the orientation meeting early.  I wanted to be sure I got seats where Declan could move around.

“Do you have your super-duper listening ears on, Declan?”

“No.”

I looked at him, thankful for his honesty, but uh-oh.

“Can you put your super-duper listening ears on?”

“Okay.” Declan then lifted his head to the right, held it for a second and then shook his head wildly back and forth for 10 seconds.

“Now my ears are OPEN.”

I looked at Declan, and nodded my head, “Okay.  Good.”

Declan stood, Declan shook, Declan sat, Declan became a blanket, draping himself across my lap, Declan stood, Declan faced the back of the room, Declan sat.

“Is this Kindergarten, Mom?”

“No, this a meeting about Kindergarten.  You are going to go see a classroom soon.”

“I better put my listening ears on again then,” he replied and another head shaking session ensued.

The principal entered the room and introduced the teachers.  The children were then gathered, randomly assigned different teachers for a tour and led to different classrooms.

Briefly aware of Declan and his needs, our randomly assigned teacher for the evening introduced herself to Declan and asked if she could hold his hand while they went to tour a classroom.

Declan agreed and off the children went.

I returned to my seat and listened to the same orientation speech I had listened to for two other children.

Thirty minutes later, the children were ushered back into the meeting room and the teacher handed Declan’s hand back into mine with a smile.

“She’s smiling,” I thought, “that must be a good sign!”

Excitedly I asked Declan if he had a good time.

“Yes.”

“What did you do?”

“We drew pictures of ourselves.”

“Did you sit at a desk?”

“No, I sat on a chair.”

“At a desk?”

“No, on a chair.”

Move on….

“Did you do anything else?”

“We listened to a story.”

“What was the story about?”

Silence.

Okay, try a new one.

“Did you ask any questions?”

“No.”

“Did you talk at all?”

Silence.  “Well, I liked a boys Spiderman shirt.”

“Oh good!  Did you tell him?”

Silence.

“Did you laugh at all?”

“No.  Mommy, is Kindergarten over?”

“The meeting about Kindergarten and seeing a classroom is over.  But you will come back again and go to school here every day.  Do you want to do that?”

“Yes.”

Ready for “Different”

I don’t know what services Declan will have in school yet.  Declan is not concerned about his services.  What he is concerned about?  The fun of going to a new school!

Last night he got to go see a Kindergarten classroom for the first time, he got to meet a teacher and see new friends.  He liked it, and wants to go back.

We started to bridge the “different.”  And so far, things are good!  Win!

Maybe he won’t be able to wear his costume every day – but he could wear his Spiderman shirt and be best friends with the boy who wore his Spiderman shirt.

That is what I am going with for now!

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24 thoughts on “Kindergarten Kick-Off!

  1. Sounds like he is excited to start kindergarten! Hope the excitement does not wear off any time soon. You might have to stock up on spiderman T-shirts to get him through the year. Small price to pay to get him an education!

    At least he seemed to get along with his teacher! Hope she works with you to get him through this first year of formal education (guess every thing he experienced up to now must have helped to get him this far!)

    1. You’re right – I may have to stock his wardrobe with Spiderman everything! But it will be worth it 🙂 He’s excited! His preschool teacher told me he started saying his goodbyes to his preschool friends because, “I’m going to a new school soon!”

  2. I remember the kindergarten orientation so we’ll. We loved his preschool teacher so we were sad to leave her. But we were excited for *big* school. Nervous about the changes. We’ve had some bumps along the way but I think we’re finally in the right school with the right teacher. And since it’s a 3/4/5 classroom he’s settled for a while.I hope it all goes smoothly for you & SpiderDeclan​😜

    1. Thank you! I am nervous – I am sure there will be bumps ahead. I already can’t wait to get to the “settled” spot. His preschool is special ed and everyone is so aware of every need and awesome. I hate to leave! But you give me hope that even though there are bumps, there are some good spots too. Just want to get to the good spots! 🙂

  3. You know, I came back to read this post again. It’s incredible how in-character Declan is as Spider-Man. And he observes more than he shares, I think that is more a sign of a deeper soul than anything else. Some things just don’t require prattling on about; they’re better appreciated in silence.

    1. Definitely! Sometimes I think he would say something, but can’t find the words. But just because he isn’t saying anything doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand or have a feeling or opinion about it. I was so excited for him to be there, and wished I could go with him so I could experience Kindergarten with him. I’m just so happy for him!

  4. At age 13, my daughter doesn’t know the details of Isobelle’s day, only if it is okay or bad. It’s never good, because she can’t share with her Mum.

    1. Yes! That is the frustrating part! I never really know how Declan’s day went unless I get a note home. I can ask, but I never get the whole story.

    1. Hello! I really appreciate that! I do not have a facebook page for the blog. If I ever do put one together, I will be sure to let you know!

  5. That sounds like an excellent start to Kindergarten. My oldest also loved to wear his costumes to preschool, but was happy wearing his shirts instead. We still let him wear his costumes after school to most everywhere we went.

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