Actually, I don't believe that. Regardless, Park started kindergarten today.
We made the decision to send him to a charter school. Our house is pretty much in the worst school district in all of Ohio. Not to mention, we're still in our apartment in a different school district. Public school would mean transferring schools in the middle of the year...I don't anticipate that going over well with my kindergartner.
So after much research and many, many prayers, we decided NOT to go with our first choice of charter schools...which was like 40 minutes away, but to go with one that is nearby. Spencer and I reached this decision last weekend, went into the school to register him on Monday, and Parker started today. This school has a longer school year than most...it's part of the curriculum. So we had a pretty crazy weekend getting Park all ready for school.
His teacher, Mr. Caudill, seems great. You don't often find a man teaching kindergarten, but I think he'll be a perfect match for Parker's high level of energy.
The major down-side? It's a uniform school. I wanted to cry all through the school clothes shopping experience. Dress shoes? With pants it's tolerable, but with shorts? Holy mother of preppy!!! Yikes. I was hoping to find some out-of-control awesome dress shoes, but we had very limited time to shop. We bought the best we could find. Do they even make cool dress shoes for kids? I mean...Park has some great church shoes...but they're too nice and too dressy for school. If anyone knows...don't keep it a secret. I'm sure these will need to be replaced before the year is out. He insisted on wearing his loafers with no socks...old man style.
Just because these pictures hurt my pride just a little (despite the fact that he's cute no matter what)...here are some recent pictures of Parker in everyday clothes:
When Parker went in for the pre-kindergarten assessment, they told us he's reading at a first grade level. I knew he was bright, but I'm afraid that sometimes I over-estimate his ability as a proud mom. It was nice to have that confirmed.
And as if I haven't written enough already...
I think I'm really going to like this all-day kindergarten thing. I (along with my other two crazies) dropped Parker off this morning (without as hitch...no tears or clinging...it was all excitement) and was on my way to the store by 8:15am. Nice huh?
Already today, I've:
- grocery shopped (with only two kids in tow)
- put together puzzles
- played a rousing game of Candy Land
- made lunch
- read stories
- took a silly quiz online (see previous post)
- chatted with a friend on the phone
- doddled on my favorite home decor websites
- browsed Craigslist
- and now I'm blogging while the rest of my household sleeps in silence.
- AND I still have two more hours.
I'm anxiously awaiting pick-up time to hear all about Parker's first day.