Where on earth has this school year gone?
Just like that, in the blink of an eye, my little kindergarten girl has begun her final term of school for 2013. They prepare you to be emotional on the first day of school but perhaps I felt even more emotional today knowing it is the start of the countdown to Kindergarten.
Before we know it this term will be over in a blur of homework, nightly home reading, birthday parties, school reports and Christmas preparation. Then her very first year of school will be finished. And she is too busy enjoying every single moment to realise. That’s the job of us parents.
How little she looked in her uniform, how clean and shiny her Mary Janes were, how straight and blonde her braids were on her first day will be filed away in my memory as she charges on forward into Year 1.
They grow up so fast in Kindergarten. Yes children grow in all years but in Kindergarten it is so noticeable for both parents and teachers. They begin with uniforms too big and backpacks which look like they will topple them over. Then like the little Ugly Ducklings they begin to grow into their arms and legs. Their friendships blossom and they run through the school gates like they own the place. They think they do own it. You hear stories of how they “built a base at lunchtime” visited the canteen, went to the computer room and heard a great story in library.They are confident enough to just be dropped off or to even catch the bus too and from school. And they worship their kindergarten teacher. Well at least Raya does. Thankfully she knows she is adored and treats all of the kids like her little treasures (of which they are). So, so lucky we have been this year.
Today was a sleepy start with a lot of encouragement needed to rouse her and get her dressed into her uniform. She was keen to be back with her friends and teacher but like myself longing for a little bit more holiday time. Ours holidays had been crammed to the brim with fun filled family memory making.
Finally uniform on, hair done, teeth brushed, library bag and school banking sorted and we trotted off down the street towards school. Rafferty was not at all keen on losing his sister into the big building again each day. He cried and cried as we dropped her off and I quickly scooped him and left in case those tears became contagious.
Time seems to be moving so quickly. She is growing and changing and learning at such an incredible pace now. She is, more than ever, a dramatic, sensitive little sponge absorbing all the experiences around her. She is so excited to see the new 2014 kindy kids coming for orientation knowing next year she will be a “big year 1” student.
Raya has had such a wonderful year so far and I am confident she will love this coming term, her last, even more than the others.