A Whole New Ballgame

Hard to believe it but CootieGirl starts kindergarten in a week. It hit me today because a woman at work also has a child starting kindergarten and she was talking about how much stress she’s experiencing at the thought of making sure her son was taken care of and wouldn’t have any issues with losing things, or misplacing them.

How hard can it be – no different than daycare, right?

Well, maybe not. I mean, I’ll find out on Monday at the teacher/parent meeting, but the only thing I remember about kindergarten is baking class and recess. I don’t have much more than that to go on. Do kids in kindergarten have lockers? Or do they just have cubbies in their classrooms? Does everything have to be labeled with fancy Color labels like things are at daycare, or do the teachers just trust that the kids know which lunchbox belongs to whom?

I have a bookbag filled with supplies for school – folders, pencil kids, crayons, glue. And now I’m wondering if her name should be on everything so that it doesn’t get mixed up. But maybe it’s SUPPOSED to get mixed up? Maybe the supplies will all end up in a cardboard communal box to help encourage sharing and taking turns? And what about her gym clothes – I’m sure those things should be labeled.

Just looking at this extensive list of things to label for school gives me a headache, but I suppose it has to be done. If only so CootieGirl doesn’t come home in tears because some girl named Jessica took her box of magic markers simply because CG couldn’t prove they were hers.

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