Wednesday, August 31, 2016

First Day of Pre-K & Some School Thoughts

Liam is already in his second week of school!  Somehow I feel like Summer cannot possibly be over; yet, tomorrow is September 1st which is the unofficial start to Fall in our house.  I have new pajamas for the boys as well as a new Halloween book (Little Blue Truck) to give them for a couple little surprises.  Except the book will really just be going to Liam for now, because Finn cannot be trusted with any lift flaps in sight!

So the first day... somewhat uneventful actually.  I'm not sure if it's because we have been so busy that I had barely taken a moment to think about it; or, if it's because he's going to the same teacher and classroom as last year, so really it is no big deal.  This year he's going three days a week, which already seems like so much more time than his two days last year.  Now, he's away from me more than with me during the week.  So crazy!  I miss him, but I'm also just loving that one-on-one time with Finn!  And I know the feeling is mutual!

Finn actually wants to run into Liam's classroom every time we drop Liam off.  And every time I have to scoop him up out of there, he cries.  Hopefully this little stage is short lived.  Finn's also making me work extra hard to keep him awake during the drive home from preschool pickup.  That is the time that Finn is so ready for a nap, but I have to get home so I don't have to deal with the dreaded car nap transfer.  So I have now have a crazy snack stash in the front seat that I slowly hand back to him along with some up & down window action to keep him alert & awake!  Oh Finn, my little handful.  I would actually love to be a room mom for Liam's class, but that would be nearly impossible with Finn in tow.  So instead I will just volunteer every so often, when I can convince Conor to work from home for a morning.  



So as of now, the plan is that Liam will start Kindergarten next year.  But it's all sorts of complicated since he is a summer baby.  He'll either be super old or super young for his class.  It bugs me that if his birthday were a mere two months later or two months earlier, it wouldn't even be a discussion.  But it's not, so instead I stress.  From strictly a sports perspective, I want him to be older & bigger.  But that would mean that he would do another year of pre-K.  And that means he would be a year behind in school of many of his friends & cousins.  Liam is actually big (at least tall) for his age, so I'm not too worried about that.  And his social skills are up to par, as are his academic skills.  Having said all that, he should just go ahead and start Kindergarten next year.  But he'll always be the youngest.  This is honestly stressing me out far more than it should!  We'll meet with his teacher this Winter and probably make a decision together based on Liam's first half of the school year.  I would love to hear thoughts from other parents with summer babies!  What are you all doing?!

Cheers to a wonderful school year ahead!
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  1. My little one turned 4 August 10 and we have the same decision. She's tall, strong language skills etc just like Liam- but I've decided to give her another year of being a kiddo. I want her to be able to play- the time for being just a kid is so limited. And i don't want to throw her into the academics and the structure as the youngest one. so mine will be the oldest and kindergarten and I'm totally cool with it.

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  2. Oh sweet friend I completely understand. Cam's birthday is July 17th and although that's midsummer I am struggling and stressing about this. Ugh. Where's the manual that was supposed to come out with him? I am completely torn. He is so social and outgoing so I'm not worried about that and he's very smart but I don't know. Drew really thinks we should wait a year. He's in the 4Y class this year so then he can take the pre-k class after.

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  3. Cut me off. Dang it! Cam's teachers do assessments throughout the year and conferences so that'll be helpful and I think that will help determine what we do. I have a few Kkndergaryen teachers in my family who both suggest waiting. They say you won't regret holding him but may regret sending him. Ugh!! Why is this so difficult? We've got this though momma. Well get eachother through.

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  4. My son turned 5 on August 3 and he starts kindergarten next week! I'm nervous as he is very small for his age but I think he will be ready. He's very excited about it so I keep telling myself to be excited too (easier said than done)!

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  5. Such a handsome boy. Cash finally starts next week! I've been stressing out about that age/kindergarten thing ever since I found out I was pregnant with...Wyatt! haha! Wyatt will be 1 next Friday & I KNOW I have plenty of time, but it's just that his birthday is one of those iffy months & at the beginning of the month, too. Oh the things we worry about. :)

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  6. I am not in the same boat with Noah... He's a November birthday and we have an October 1st cut off, so he technically should be one of the oldest. But, my brother and my husband were the youngest in school. My husband is a 12/30 birthday where there was a 12/31 cut off. While there was never a reason for him not to be in that grade (always got good grades, etc) it bothered him to be young. He hated driving late and even in college he hated only having one semester in college to be able to go to the bars. While these can sound like silly things, for guys it can be a big deal. I don't want to make your decision harder, just giving you some insight from someone who was the youngest. In my town, boys are being held back as far as May birthdays (for a 10/1 cutoff). I think there are pros and cons to both, so I suggest doing whatever you and Conor believe is best for Liam.

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  7. Such cute pictures of Liam! It's so tricky with summer babies. The school I am thinking of sending Odette to has a half day kindergarten, which I love. It's the best of both worlds... half school, half play!

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  8. Yay for school starting! I think if Liam is ready, then go for Kindergarten next year. See how he does this year and then go with your gut. You'll know what's right based on where he is. Just purchased the Halloween Little Blue Truck book too. :)

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  9. When did he get so big?!? He looks like a little adult all of a sudden! Glad to hear back to school is going well!

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  10. I love that in Montessori they stay in the same classroom each year so anxiety is kept at a miniumum!

    The Kdg debate- This is such a huge discussion point for so many people I know! Honestly as a first grade teacher I always support waiting. School is hard and we require so much from them at a young age.

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  11. Uh, how did I miss the Halloween Little Blue Truck book..?! Love those.
    Oh the summer-birthday-babes.. I'm also struggling with that for SO many of the same reasons. As of now though, we are waiting to see how he does in his preK classroom this year and we'll make the decision closer to the time we HAVE to. Pray about it and trust your gut. ;)

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  12. That is such a tough decision,and truly an in the moment one.I wS a November 25 and the cut off was September. I was a 4/5 kindergartner. However, my older sister/best friend was 18 mo older and went to school. My parents said I used to make myself sick I missed her so badly. I had many tests to be accepted at such age. I will say, in terms of academics, I wasn't negatively impacted. I ended with both a master's and PhD, yes, much youger than my peers.I will admit at times I wasn't always as emotionally mature as my classmates. I matured physically early,which helped tremendously, especially with sports. But, I am torn. I remember well being a highschool senior and too young for a job for most places. I turned 21 half way through my senior year of undergrad, I wasn't the partier, but still received so much chiding. We will have this dilemma with all three so far (September 1 cut off and September 7,October 7 and TBD. So, I feel you... I really do, and have to come to terms with it too. I am hoping it will be crystal clear when the time comes.:)

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  13. Oh yes! I know exactly. Mason was the youngest (by far) in his Kindergarten class. I was really surprised that he was the only summer baby. These pictures of Liam are adorable.

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  14. Love the photos! Birthdays like that are so hard. It stressed me out thinking about it for Ben before he was even born hahahaha. He is actually 9/30 and I'm pretty sure our cutoff is 9/30 so we have a choice. I'm going to keep him home the extra year because since it is SO close, I would rather him be the oldest. I know he's not even 2-years-old yet, but so far he seems a little behind with speaking and all of that. Liam is clearly where he is should be, so it is definitely different. I just feel more comfortable with sports and learning that he has the extra year under his belt, but it is such a difference where he is in relation to the cutoff. I can understand you guys thinking a lot about it. Let me know what you decide!

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  15. Aww, he's such a cutie! I don't have the parent perspective, but I can tell you that as a late summer baby (July 30th), I was always the youngest in every class. I've always been tall so I never got picked on for being young and it was easy for me to keep up physically, socially, and academically.

    I actually ended up doing my JR & SR year of high school in one year (I was living overseas at the time) which meant I graduated high school in May at 16, turned 17 that July and then began college that fall. If it weren't for the two-years-in-one thing, I should've just turned 18 when I started college and I still would've been one of the youngest freshmen. But as it was... I was nearly two years younger than some of my other freshman friends. When I was a 19-year-old junior, I would laugh at how many incoming freshman were older than I was. But it's just how things fell. And honestly, I did just fine. I don't necessarily recommend the whole two-years-in-one thing (and by "don't necessarily recommend" what I really mean is "doooon't do it!" because it makes for a super stressful year, haha), but starting Kindergarten at 5 with a late summer birthday was totally fine for me! Best of luck with your decision!

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  16. Such a handsome boy! Ive had many parents stress over that summer birthday baby and the majority of them had boys. I think I would go by his academic success and if he has a great foundation and you feel he can handle Kindergarten I would put him in next year! Brielana is a 4th of July baby and I plan on sticking her in Kindergarten as scheduled.

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  17. What a doll he is with that beautiful smile and all! I'm glad it's going well for him. I dreading the car naps too with Luke, but it will probably be both that he has in the car, since drop off and pick-up are right around his morning and after noon nap. Dreading that.

    On the topic of Kindergarten, from a former Kindergarten teacher perspective... If you feel like he is emotionally, socially, academically and physically on par with the rest of the kids in his (Pre-K) class then I would go ahead and send him. If he's way ahead of the other kids (if you hold him back) he might feel a tad (I hate this word --->) bored in school. My husband was a summer baby and he always did really well. I was a fall baby and stayed back, and it was the best thing for me. All depends on the kid!

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  18. What beautiful pictures. My son has an August birthday, and I held him back (based on recommendations from his teachers). He wasn't ready socially, and I decided I'd rather have him feel like he's at the top of his class instead of feeling behind. I also figured that if there was a time to keep him back, Pre-K would be the time. This kept it from being traumatic, and now he doesn't even have recollection of it. (Still, I would listen to Colleen above--I agree that it really depends on the kid.) Good luck!

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  19. as a teacher, i recommend always holding back if you have the option. you want children to feel like the smartest in the class from the beginning! and, yes, the sports thing too. but really, it's important for kids to feel successful.

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  20. Such a dapper little man. I'm so glad to hear the new school year went off without a hitch!
    I'm super interested in your decision with schooling, Julia is an August babe, and I know your situation is a bridge we will have to cross as well.

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  21. All these first day of school posts make me want to cry. I don't want my little man to grow up but I'm also so excited to see who he's going to be as he gets older! I hope your little guys adores pre-k!

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  22. First: trust your instinct as a mother. :) From the perspective of an early childhood speech-language pathologist, I would say that we sometimes see kids develop behaviors if they are not placed in educational environments that are appropriately challenging and stimulating. For a child who is cognitively/pre-academically and emotionally/socially at or above age expectations, I think sending them to Kindergarten is a sound decision, despite him/her being young for their class. I do not yet have kids of my own, but my younger brother was a summer birthday. He was one of the youngest in his class, but he was also very successful academically and athletically, and we've always attributed some of that success to him being consistently challenged by his environments! It's definitely a case-by-case decision, and I think Liam will do wonderfully regardless of when he starts Kinder. :)

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  23. My son is a June baby and he is currently six and off to first grade. He is very tiny for his age which often concerns me but he's always been small.. waiting another year won't change much.
    I'm sure whatever you decide will be the right decision. Just follow your gut.

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  24. Love these sweet pictures!

    I've been the room mom for Wyatt's class the past two years...not fun with a toddler. Thankfully Stella has her own class this year and I did not volunteer for hardly anything!

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  25. I'm already wondering what we'll do with my end of August baby Tate. I'm interested to hear more about what you guys decide.

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