My youngest child, Quinn, started Transitional Kindergarten this year. There are so many emotions that I am feeling as we send our little buddy off to school for more than a few hours a day and a few days a week, and I am sure I will be processing this for quite a while. After 10 years of being at home with my babies, they will all be in school for the first time ever. And, the best part – all of my little chicks will be in ONE PLACE.
Justin and I went back and forth for a long time, debating the best course of action for Quinn’s schooling this year. Because he has a summer birthday, and because he tends to be shy (in the classroom, at least), we decided that giving him the gift of time in the form of another year before Kindergarten was the best decision for him.
That decision was easy because, clearly, we know Quinn better than anyone in the world. However, the decision of where to send him for Transitional Kindergarten took a little more time, likely because Justin and I tend to overanalyze. There were many factors to consider – length of day, curriculum, teachers, and school environment. Our district schools are great, and Quinn’s older brothers had an incredible TK experience in the district before moving over to our Catholic school. However, we decided that given Quinn’s personality, “simplicity” and “stability” were paramount for him. We made the decision to send Quinn to TK at the same school as his siblings. And there you have it – ALL FOUR OF MY CHILDREN IN THE SAME PLACE!
Quinn is elated about starting school this Fall. I think he feels like a King when walking around the campus, waving to his brothers and sister and their friends, with kids running over to hug him around every corner. He clearly feels so comfortable there, and for us this is everything. I cannot wait to see what this next year holds for my little Prince, and I am so grateful to our community, once again, for welcoming him with open arms.