My kids have 12 days of school left in kindergarten. They are ready for first grade. I’m in awe of how much they have grown in 168 days of school. All but about three are reading. Most of them very well. I spent last week at the “I Teach K” National Kindergarten Conference and had a great time, lots of great ideas for starting off the new year. THAT’s coming too soon. Over the last couple of days, my kids have been reporting that they have received their class assignments for next year. Since most of our kinder classes are at around 25 kids, and all the first grades are mandated at 16 to 1, they will not all be together next year. The school is shifting some of them onto different year-round schedules so it sounds like there will only be three or four of them in each class together, but they know most of the other kindergarten kids so it should be OK.
The hard part is going to be the SHORT time between the end of this year and the beginning of the next. Seven non-contractual days (counting one weekend) between when we are done with this year and when we have to report back (two non-student days on the end of this year and three on the front of next year). Two weeks without kids. That’s almost too short of a time to make the mental adjustment from the kids at the end of kindergarten and the babies coming in. But it’s not as if I get a choice whether to adjust or not…….
We were going to take a short trip, but my wife said tonight that mentally it’s starting to pile up on her and she doesn ‘t think she wants too now. I’m afraid I’m going to agree. I’ve got so much to do to wrap this year up yet, I can’t even begin to think about next year, but I find myself doing it. I asked in the front office about supplies for next year, and they won’t fill the requests yet……. Bummer.
Oh yeah, and forget about class lists, naturally the incoming kindergarten kids know who THEIR teachers are going to be, why does it always have to be such a surprise for the teachers? Although one of the cute little girls next door told me yesterday that I was going to be her sister’s kindergarten teacher next year….