Begindergarten is a great concept that Jacob's new primary school came up with to break students (and parents) gently into Kindergarten, and get everyone comfortable with the school, classrooms, teachers, procedures, and separation from parents. There are several sessions that take place before September that started in April. One of the sessions will include a meal in the cafeteria, and another will even include a trip on a school bus for the kids.
Last night, I took Jacob to another Begindergarten session. He always gets so excited when we get there because they have pictures on the wall of the classes that came before, and he loves to point out the pictures of several of his cousins who went there and are now in 4th grade (at a separate location). One of his cousins is only a grade ahead of him, so they will see each other on the bus and at school!
When arriving at the school for a session, everyone goes to the library to get a name tag for the children which are coded with a blue circle, red triangle or a purple star. Then we all meet in the cafeteria - parents and kids. Jacob was flirting with a pretty little blond girl who was sitting with her dad at the table next to us (I think her name was Valerie) and wanted to sit with her instead. I was sitting at a table with Max's parents who he also goes to preschool with (I know them and like talking to his mom), and encouraged Jacob to sit with me.
"But Mom, I LOVE her!"
Guess he's staying at her table. =)-
There is a brief presentation before the kids are led out to classrooms where they are read a book and do fun projects. He was disappointed when he discovered that Valerie had a blue circle and he had a red triangle, so they were going to be in separate rooms for the session.
The parents learned about the plan the school has for teaching the children how to read, and what levels of reading they will possibly be at by the end of their Kindergarten year. Jacob has already been reading some sight words, so I think he's gonna do great.
At the end of the session, the kids all came bounding back into the cafeteria with big smiles, a new book they get to keep, and their project for the day. Jacob is going to love Kindergarten! Next session: May 19...