It’s official. I have a Kindergartner!
Our morning started off pretty well. He was excited about school, got dressed easily, and was singing LOUDLY all throughout the house in nonsensical words. He took a while to take his medicine, but he took it. And he brought his two favorite cars of the morning with him into the car.
On the way to school, I smelled something foul. I tried to ignore it, but it persisted. So finally, I asked him the question I really didn’t want to the answer to. “Did you poop in your pants?”
In the rear-view mirror, I saw a knowing smile. “Yes,” he replied. “I stink.”
Great. I had to stop at a gas station to change him and threw away his shorts and underwear, which were so disgusting that I couldn’t even make myself try to rinse them out. I’m so glad we had the forethought to pack two changes of clothes. I did have to buy wipes, but that’s okay. At least he didn’t go to school smelling bad.
I had to tell him when we got to school that he wouldn’t be able to take his trucks with him. I put his backpack on him, which was heavier than he’s accustomed to, but he actually kept it on. Telling him he’s “big and strong” has gotten us through many, many things this summer. He was “big and strong” to wear his backpack, even though it was “heavy.” He bounced as he walked through the parking lot with me, smiling, smelling my hand, and kissing me.
I brought him in, had him put up his backpack, and he wanted to play immediately. He ignored the teacher’s request that he attempt to write his name on the blank next to his typed name. He did do the very (too) simple activity at his seat. It took him five seconds (matching shapes). Then, I tried to get him to write his name again. I know he can’t write, so the little scribble he wrote was good enough. “Now, I can play?” he asked. The answer was, “yes.” I left it on a high note.
Squeaker’s teacher has him “fill out” a sheet about his school day every day. Basically, she asks him the questions, and he answers them. They are all open-ended with ellipses (i.e., I felt good when…), so I’ll just write the statements in their complete form.
- I felt good when eating and drinking.
- At recess I played.
- Something I learned today was to play the bells.
- I sat with a lot of boys.
- My favorite part of the day was looking in the mirror.
I think it’s funny that he said he learned “to play the bells.” He needs no instruction on that. He was playing those bells on Friday when we visited the classroom. But, that’s him. I’m sure he mentioned the last thing he did.
I wish I knew more about what his day entailed, but I know from talking to the teacher on Friday that he was supposed to have lunch with a regular Kindergarten class, as well as recess, and that he was supposed to have his “specials” outside of the self-contained classroom. When asking him about his day, he told me nothing. Literally. He said he did “nothing.”
The communication book tells me more.
Today’s note: “[Squeaker] had a fun first day! He played in the centers and did some writing and drawing. [Squeaker] had a BM accident in the a.m. but urinated in the toilet other times. He went to safe space 2X to calm down. Please send in more underwear and shorts. Thanks.“
Now. I know, I know, I know that this is just kindergarten, but what does a “typical” Kindergartner do during the day? Because Squeaker is smart. He’s already reading some words that he’s memorized, counting, etc., so he can surely do more than this during the day. My biggest fear with him being in a self-contained class is that he will learn less than kids in regular classes. I don’t want to give him less opportunity to meet his potential.
I’m going to give it another week or so and then see how I feel about it, I guess. It was, after all, only the first day of school. But my expectations for his growth are huge and I am impatient to see it happen. I just want to make sure he’s being pushed a little. It’s far too easy for him to get away with doing too little. He’s just way too cute for his own good.
I’m really glad that he had a mostly good day. I think he only bit himself once today. I’m hoping for more good days and I’m hoping to see him doing more as the year goes on.
I hope everyone else had a great first day!