Summer is officially over for Drew! He started his young-5's class at Kalamazoo Christian today. He only goes Mon-Wed-Fri from 8:30-11:30, so it shouldn't be too taxing on him! If you are wondering why he is doing young-5's it is because when I was teaching, I could always tell a HUGE difference in the boys who were younger than the rest of their classmates. I told myself back then if I ever had a boy born in the summer months I would automatically hold him back a year. I have no doubt in my mind that Drew is "ready" socially, physically, academically and spiritually to succeed in a regular Kindergarten program now, but Michael and I decided that we would give him the advantage of being the oldest in his class then the youngest. We are very comfortable with our decision and it does not seem to bother him at all!
Here is a picture of Drew this morning outside our house... If you want to compare this picture to last years first day of preschool picture, click here!
Today was just an orientation/meet the teacher type of day, so I was with him the entire time. On Wednesday he'll go by himself, and then he is off Friday and Monday for Labor Day! The kids had to make a little name tag today.
Checking out the playground!
It was a fun morning. He has a handful of kids from his preschool days that are in his class again this year. I have heard wonderful things about his teacher, Mrs. Thomas. And, one of our favorite volunteers at church, Grandpa Joe (as everyone calls him!) has been volunteering at East Elementary for eleven years and will still volunteer there this year even though the school is closed to all grades but the young-5's class! It was nice for Drew to see a very familiar face!