Well, we are now a few weeks into Kindergarten. I know it took me a while to write this post!
To start the 1st day of school I packed Ethan a nice lunch full of his favorite things. We dont have those fancy Bento boxes so many of you bloggers & facebookers have been posting fun pictures of. We made do with Gladware!!!
He wouldnt pose nicely for a picture for me that morning. These were the best I could get!!
Here’s the “Dude” heading to the car.
The first day of school all of the kindergarteners meet with their teachers in the cafeteria & then all walk to their class together.
Ethan with his buddy Kendall. They have been friends since they were 2. They’ve gone to the 2 yr & the 3 yr old nursery schools & PreK together. And now are in the same kindergarten class.
Well as many of you may already know, from Facebook, Ethan had a great first week of school! But unfortunately the second week didnt go so well! Monday night he started crying & saying he didnt want to go to school anymore. Tuesday & Wednesday mornings it was not easy to get him up, ready & out the door. Lots of tears, saying he hated school, & had a 100 different reasons why he couldnt go anymore. Well Wednesday night after many talks trying to figure out what exactly the problem was, he finally opened up & told us about the boy in his class that was being mean to him. He said this boy had hit him & had a very bad “potty mouth” (what we call swearing). I realized that this boy was the biggest kid not only in his class but the biggest kid in Kindergarten! We spent the rest of the night talking to him about this situation & trying to help him understand how to deal with it. I wrote a letter to his teacher telling her the problem & asking for her help. She responded that afternoon with a letter stating she tried to keep the two boys separated all day & she would keep an eye on them. Well Thursday was an awful day! He was hysterical all morning, all day at school & all night at home. He had refused to eat his breakfast all week, he didnt eat lunch at school all week, & he was barely eating dinner or snacks at home. He kept going to the nurse’s office saying he had a belly ache & felt like he was going to throw up. The poor kid was all nerved up & making himself sick! Friday morning was horrible trying to get him to school. As soon as we got him there the Vice Principle met us in the lobby & walked him to his class. At lunch that day it was confirmed that this other boy was bullying him! Fred spoke with the Vice Principle & she went right into action to get this situation resolved.
That weekend we went to camp. We have made great friends at camp this summer who all had great words of advice for Ethan about everything that was going on. Along with many pep talks from Fred & I, by the Sunday night he was in much better spirits.
Monday morning it was rough getting him out of bed, ready & out the door. Lots of tears again. But when I picked him up from school his teacher told me he stopped crying a little while after getting into his classroom. And as the week went on each day got better & better!! By Friday, he was skipping into school, in the halls & out of school!! Fingers crossed that he will continue to have great weeks like this for the rest of the year!!