Around this time of year, I try to remind myself that the fall will bring a new group of (somewhat) novice learners. The easy transitions and smooth routines that are enjoyed today will need to be earned once again. My little visitors have given me a head start on the reality check that is --drumroll-- The First Day Of Kindergarten.
- New kindergartners are tiny! Next to a group of six-year-olds, these barely-fives and still-fours seem so little!
- They miss mommy. And their lower lips might tremble every now and then.
- The room/decor/stuff/ is a fascinating distraction from the work at hand.
- Review, review, review the basics: the toilet is there, the door opens here.
- When in doubt, sing! There is little room for misbehavior when hands are clapping and mouths are in unison.
- The first days are exhausting, for them and for me. Like me, maybe they didn't get much sleep the night before!? (Last night, I topped out at three hours. Yikes!)
- A spontaneous hug from a new kindergartner is joy abundant. As Charles Dickens said, "It is no small thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us."