Today, I’m combining a recent Joy of Love theme – generations – with a big step in our lives: registering Claire for Kindergarten. Maybe you are wondering how the heck these two subjects relate. Read on – I’ll tell you in my usual long-winded way!
This picture represents three generations: my mom, myself and my daughter, Claire.
Mom made this little outfit for me (as well as a “big sister” outfit for my sister) back in the 1970s. I wore it for my Kindergarten class and individual photos. I remember being very proud of my pretty outfit and my little heart necklace (different from the one shown; the original was lost that very day of my Kindergarten photos). I might have worn this outfit for my first day of school too but I’m not certain of that.
As of today, we registered Claire for Kindergarten and I thought it apropos that she model this little ensemble.
My dad used to say that a child is ready for Kindergarten when he or she can reach over the top of their head and touch their opposite ear. Claire can’t quite reach yet but hey, September is quite a few months away!
Claire and Ren both like to cheat on this test by putting their arms around the back of their heads instead of on top:
Aside from this physical little test of readiness, we are confident that Claire is ready for Kindergarten. But are we?!! Not so much. I’m going to have a very hard time with my little sweetheart beginning her official school career. I just can’t believe she is at this stage already.
We have decided to send our kids to a nearby Mandarin / English bilingual school. It’s a fantastic program here in our city and we feel privileged to be able to access it. That said, I am nervous about our ability to help with homework, etc. I also know that this means Paul and I are committing to learn Mandarin as well (just perhaps on a different schedule from the kids) so the kids see that we too are embracing the language of their birth country (not just making them embrace it!). So, I am nervous but also excited.