Change is in the air

Bennett’s last day of preschool was last Friday. I’m generally not a sentimental person, but I’m a bit sad about this milestone. Bennett loved this school. He loved the teachers. He’s very excited about Kindergarten, but I think he’s going to miss his preschool.

Bennett attended Tiny Tots–a city run program at one of the local parks. It’s a fantastic resource and a great perk to living in the city. The program was three mornings a week for two and a half hours. Bennett will be attending a Waldorf-inspired public school in September. Although Tiny Tots was not Waldorf inspired, it included lots of art, free time, and seasonal inspirations.

I grew up in a small town not far from Sacramento. I attended preschool, as well as a co-op child care or two that my mother and other mothers developed. In small towns, there’s generally one school. All the kids know one another. Unless a kid moved into town later, kids got to know each other in Kindergarten and then spend the next 13 years together through elementary school, junior high, and high school.

It’s different in a city. Bennett will only be going to school with a few kids from his preschool. He’ll be making new friends (as will I) that he may or may not continue to know in high school (his elementary school is K-8). He’ll also be making new friends in other activities. He really wants to play baseball and soccer. There will always be new kids (and parents) to meet.

Many changes are coming our way. Six weeks until Kindergarten begins. It’s a whole new part of life. Margie and I have heard that there is a transition for the kids–even those that have gone to preschool. Some kids eat more. Some sleep more. Some act out. We’ll see how Bennett reacts. It will also be interesting to experience our reactions to the change. Getting Bennett to school everyday by 11am. Getting to know other parents. Getting involved in school activities. An entirely new rhythm will be created for our family.

I’m a little nervous. A little excited. A little unsure. All I know for sure is that it’s just different. But it’s okay. And it’s time for change. And it’s okay.

(On a slightly different note…when I was in school, I loved the start of the new school year. New clothes (plaid!), school supplies, and the like. I’m not getting too carried away this year since it’s only Kindergarten. But in the years to come…watch out! I’ll probably completely geek out about it–Waldorf school or not).

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