We took Gillian to Kindergarten registration yesterday. Its been on my mind for the past week wondering what it would entail and how she would react. All week we had been reminding Gillian so it wasn't a surprise. She seemed excited about going which was a good sign. We got there early and found our way to the main office and the person checking in was in Gillian's gymnastics class so one child she would know was comforting. I could tell Gillian was nervous because she clung to Craig..not to his leg or wanting him to pick her up but she wasn't letting that hand go. We got all checked in then off to the library for the screening with an escort. We walked Gillian over to the first teacher she would meet and we were told we had to let Gillian go on her own. I could have burst into tears but I was determined to make it through without crying.
Craig and I went over to meet the nurse. She first asked if this was our first child to go to school and I answered,"Our first and only." "You will cry," she responded. In my head I'm still repeating not today not today. She told us her expectations and what she does. Gave us tons of paperwork basically what we expected. Same rules as daycare on a sick child, pretty easy. Then we were sent to sit with other parents all waiting for our children to finish the screening.
While waiting more kids were coming in as kids left and I realized we could have totally done a car pool last year for dance. The next two children that came in were from Gillian's dance class and even one of the teachers doing the screening had a child in Gillian's dance class and her daughter is going to Kindergarten this year. Made me feel better that Gillian would know some kids in her class.
When Gillian was complete the screening she got to go see a Kindergarten class. While she did that we were told how the screening went. She scored average (which we all know she is above but we'll let the school slide this time....lol). Again we were told to expect to cry and anxiety with our only child going to school (HELLO people I'm trying hard to make it through this without crying) and that we are more than welcome to call the school any time between now and then with questions and not to think we are asking bad questions. Overall they were extremely nice and happy and it was a pleasant environment.
After we left we asked Gillian how she liked it and she said,"Good." Just like her Dad, not elaboration on anything.
I went back to work and Gillian and Craig had a Father/Daughter day.
I made it through the whole day...I laid down to sleep and then I cried.