We’ve been ramping up to Kindergarten these past few weeks (I know you’re probably sick of me talking about it, but it’s been a big deal around here!)
I know I have talked about our daily picnics on campus we had all summer long. I did that so Paprika would be familiar with the campus and it wouldn’t seem like some big, scary place on her first day.
The school has had a couple of social mixers for just the kindergarten classes to get the kids acquainted. There was a popsicle social a week or so ago, and we went to that. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but it was a disaster!
We got to the school, and they hadn’t mowed the grass in a few weeks, so the grass was long. Well, Paprika did not want to walk in that long grass because it itched her ankles. Then, when she finally did walk across that big open field, everyone was eating popsicles (with Red Dye 40, I might add!) and she of course wanted a popsicle but didn’t want to actually eat the popsicle. So, as you can imagine, the popsicle got melty…and that didn’t go over well!
I asked her if she wanted to meet the other kids, and she said “I just want to go home and play with my dolls!” I could tell she was on the verge of an uncontrollable meltdown, so that’s what we did…we went home and she played with her dolls and she was happy.
Now, of course Ginger wanted to stay at the school, and she was enjoying her popsicle very much! I think Ginger thinks she is the one going to Kindergarten, and is enjoying these socials more than any of us!
When I asked Paprika about it later, she said she had such a wonderful time at the popsicle social and could we go back again. Ha!
Yesterday was the Kindergarten ice cream social. It was in the middle of the day, and Mr. M took a long lunch to come with us, since I knew that there was a good chance Paprika was going to have a hard time with it and I was going to need a little help.
We got there early, so Paprika wouldn’t be overwhelmed with an onslaught of people. Well, turns out all the older elementary kids were hanging around (about 70 of them) right by the check-in tables waiting to give campus tours. So, while we thought we were walking into a calm setting that would slowly get busier, it was chaos from the start!
The good news about getting there early was that we got to talk to Paprika’s teacher for awhile before the other parents arrived, which was great.
Once other families started arriving, Paprika found a quiet nook and buried her head in a book for the rest of the social. At the end of the social, they had all the kids and parents go into a classroom to meet the principal and the teachers, but Paprika just could not do that. She was totally overwhelmed, and getting her down off the meltdown ledge was hard…so I am really glad Mr. M was there because he took charge of Ginger and I was able to get Paprika home. She was kind of a wreck the rest of the day.
Ginger had a great time, of course, and is talking about how excited she is to go to school with Yaya and start kindergarten! 😉
The whole thing from start to finish was one hour…but it seemed like a whole day! The social was actually really cute, and they gave out T-shirts to everyone that said the class of 2024! So, when we got home, Paprika wore her new shirt and again was so excited to go back to Kindergarten.
So, we will see how today (her first real day) goes! I will be reporting back later…fingers crossed!