This makes mama happy.
So, while we both have a few weeks under our academic belts, I thought I would list some of my thoughts and reflections on this journey called kindergarten.
- The carpool line. Really, if you have school-age children of your own whom you shuttle to and from school, then you pretty much already know about the beast that is the carpool line. I feel like I spend quite a lot of time waiting to drop off and pick up my child (I started to calculate how much time I would spend in that line this year, but it made me very sad, so I quit.), and I can already see how it has affected our gas bill. I know she could ride the bus, but putting a 5 year old through a nearly 9 hour day just seems cruel to me. But while I am no fan of the carpool line, what I do like about it is how incredibly entertaining it can be. I have spent quite a lot of time watching people who apparently think that their cars are equipped with vision proof glass. Hello, I CAN SEE YOU PICK YOUR NOSE AND WIPE IT ON THE WINDOW!!
- Homework. What the???? When I was in kindergarten, we colored, we sang, we drew shapes and played games. I think we may have started to learn our letters, but I most certainly did NOT write a word, read a word or have any homework. Fast forward to today. Claire brings home homework 4 days a week, and while it is simple and easy, she is already reading books, learning sight words and punctuation marks, and has completed her first project, an "all about me" T-shirt. She was supposed to fill her t-shirt with pictures, drawings, cut-outs, etc. of things that would tell about who she is. I think it turned out well.
4. Packing lunch stinks. I'm not sure what we are going to do when we have more than one lunch to pack each night, but Shawn and I are already playing paper/rock/scissors to see who gets stuck with lunch duty each night. I would have her buy her lunch, but she is SO not interested in that, and school lunches are stinkin' expensive!
5. Because of said lunch packing and because of the sheer number of plastic Ziploc baggies I was using each night, I quickly realized that I wasn't down with all the landfill filling (landfill filling?) going on. Now, I am not, by any means, what one would call an environmentalist, but the plastic baggies just bugged me for some reason. Not to mention that Claire was having to ask her teacher for help opening them each day. So, I found these:
They are reusable snack sacks. Sounds a little gross, I know, but we've had three for a week now, and so far so good. They are reinforced with nylon on the inside, are machine washable, close with Velcro and are big enough for chips but are also great for fruit! Claire loves the colors and the ease of opening them. There are all sorts of companies who do products like this, but I found mine here.
6. Along the same lines . . . to avoid buying expensive juice boxes or paying $.50 for a box of milk that Claire didn't drink half of, we bought a stainless steel water bottle. It is BPA free and free of all harmful toxins that can be found in other drinking bottles. I totally recommend this. We found ours on Amazon, but they are everywhere right now.