K is for Kindergarten.
This year Michael started kindergarten!
|Michael and his betrothed.|
The decision for Michael to attend public school wasn’t really mine to control. (What is anyways?) Last summer, Mr. Sexy and I were living an hour and a half away from Michael’s biological dad. Our options were few. We could fight a custody battle or we could move closer to his dad and maintain Michael’s week-on, week-off exchange schedule. Michael’s dad did continue to bring me to court for primary custody even after being assured that we were moving to the area. We even found a house and were getting ready to put down our deposit. Talk about frustrating. And a stupid waste of money.
I would have preferred to homeschool Michael at least through kindergarten. We could test the waters in the homeschool life style. We wouldn’t have to leave our hometown where family and friends were. We could also cater homeschooling to our personal lives. I have seen many wonderful examples of this. Michael’s dad, however, gave us a flat “no.” It wasn’t unexpected. During my 3-year relationship with him he often shut down ideas were unfamiliar. He wouldn’t even try. As you can see, that hasn’t changed.
I’m happy with Michael’s experience in kindergarten this year. Next year will be another major transition: A full school day of 1st grade! That might be a little weird for me, too, like kindergarten was in the beginning. We will adjust, though.
The process of letting go sure starts early! It kind of feels like they start out as babies where we control everything and then as they grow older we have to let go of that control, little by little.
What was your experience like starting kindergarten?