Lessons learned from the Kindergarten Trenches


The last day of school in our town was yesterday so I can offically say that I’m the parent of the first grader (!).  Where did that year go?  All in all I’d say this year was a success, but I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned this year in Kindergarten.

  • Everyone says that you need to make friends with the school secretary when your kids are in school.  That’s not entirely true.  The person you want on your side is the bus driver.  Treat him/her well and s/he will treat your kids well.  Our bus driver even encouraged us to call the bus yard and have our stop changed to our house.
  • Your child’s teacher wants what’s best for your child but can’t always be everywhere.  If you suspect there is a problem going on that s/he might not be aware of, let them know so that it can be resolved.
  • Likewise, if your child comes home and tells you something about one of their friends that you don’t think her parents’ knows, pick up the phone and give them a call.  Lovey had a friend who wouldn’t play at recess because the whistle scared her.  Her teacher didn’t know and neither did her mom.  I told her mom and she was able to come up with a solution with her teacher.
  • If your spouse volunteers to be in the Fun Fair dunk tank: Let them do it!  So much fun!
  • You know your child’s teacher is doing a good job if your sick child vomits in the morning and says, “Can I still try to go to school?”
  • Watching your child progress from emergent reader to independent reader in one year is the most amazing thing ever.
  • It’s okay to cry in Kindergarten.  That goes for parents and students.  And teachers too.
  • Get to know the parents of the students in your child’s class, you might find some new friends yourself.
  • Packing lunches every day sucks.  If anyone has any way to make this easier I’m all ears.
  • On the subject of lunches, a lunch box note to your child can make their whole day.  Lovey has saved every single note we’ve written her all year long and refuses to throw them out.

Take pride in your accomplishments in school this year moms.  We kept them alive for a whole school year.  We all learned something, and we’ll be ready to send them back taller and smarter in the fall.  Have you learned any wisdom this year in school?  Feel free to share.


3 comments on “Lessons learned from the Kindergarten Trenches”

  1. I love this Cora! I can totally relate to every single point. We loved our bus driver! And I’m glad you said something about reaching out to the teacher. For some reason, I was hesitant to “bother” my daughter’s teacher with what I felt were nit-picky things. But every time I did call, she was so open and willing to hear me out. It made a situation where I didn’t feel in control a lot better to handle. Being a first time parent of a school-ager, I learned a lot this year too. Bring it on first grade, bring it on!

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