Braden’s birthday is at the end of January, and even when I had an end-of-January due date, I always knew he’d be starting kindergarten when he was 4-turning-5 years old. It blows my mind that he could have started kindergarten last year, but I’m so glad we made the decision to put him in later because he is so ready for it now. All of us parents have been mostly joking (!) about how excited we are for school to start and for the kids to get into a routine again (parents, you know…right?!) and I told Braden his Auntie Joy told me to tell him that she was so proud of him for starting kindergarten and so excited for him, to which he replied “why are all the adults so excited for us to start school?”. Perhaps next year we should hide our excitement a bit better?
Regardless, of our excitement, Braden was very excited too. He got to ride the bus for the first time and his cousin Luke, who is starting grade 2, is on the bus with him. He was excited to have all of his playschool friends in his kindergarten class because they were split into two classes last year.
Doesn’t he look so happy and cute and handsome and smart? Wow >5.5 years of being parents and sending our first born off to school has just flown by. I got a bit teary eyed, but held them in because I was more excited for him and proud of him than I was sad to see a huge piece of my heart get onto a school bus and be taken off to school. The “big” school. In our rural community we have one school that houses kindergarten through grade 12, so that is a little daunting sending a 5 year old off to school with 18 year olds, but having 3 older cousins in school and 1 cousin in his class makes me feel at ease.
I followed the bus into school so I could meet his teacher and help get his supplies in and was very comforted that his teacher greeted us and made sure she knew who Braden was and which bus he was on and which bus driver was his. I was worried that my 5 year old would be so lost and wouldn’t know where to go, but I’m so glad I went because all of those worries just floated away.
Here’s a little video I made, I apologize for my shakiness, my camera is really heavy with the lens I had on. I need to start using our GoPro for these videos!
I’m a very proud mama bear and hope this baby bear loves kindergarten as much as I think he will!