“My daddy picked a really good kindergarten!”
For many of you, today was the day. For me, it is tomorrow. I’m nervous, excited, proud, and sad all rolled into one. Got the lunchbox, backpack, camera, and, most importantly, an excited kid. Who wants to share their first day of kindergarten stories? Share in the comments below or write me a note directly. I’ll compile the best stories into a future post (no names to be used).
In the spirit of preparing your kids for kindergarten, I posted this video last week. In that same spirit, Inquirer reporter Miriam Hill gathered a nice list of books from Melody Regino, school counselor at Greene Street Friends School, and Michelle Linder-Coates, an executive director in the Office of Early Childhood for the School District of Philadelphia. Ms. Hill shared the list on her blog.
It’s a great list. They are…
Here’s a fun bilingual video designed to teach kids and parents what to expect from kindergarten. I posted it last year, but I thought that I’d post again. I showed this to my son (2 weeks away from K!) and he thought that kindergarten looked fun. Even so, he was was most interested in the kid in the incredible hulk t-shirt.
UPDATE: In a nutshell: the full-day kindergarten issue has been solved. Federal Title I dollars will be used to fund the program; a solution that Superintendent Arlene Ackerman said only came together Friday afternoon. She said this was not an option before this week. This is a permanent fix, but will mean that money has to come from other things typically funded by Title I money, which have historically included professional development, summer programs, reduced class size initiatives, etc. No decisions have been made on what to cut.