Saturday, September 12, 2009

Kinder - what - what!

First day of Kindergarten.
It did not really hit me until walking into that playground with school bus's buzzing around, teachers corralling their classes, and countless energetic kids running around with their mates.
Structured learning is something that is very welcomed at t his point. Until now sure she has learned but not to the extent of an actual curriculum based learn.
Everyone was excited, but Anna had no clue other than Barney had to be stopped 10 minutes earlier that morning.

Fortunately there will be a nurse in her room at all times. This is not how things are done in Canada with type 1 but there is a girl in her room that requires that care. So that just gives us copious amounts of confidence from day to day. Mrs. S (teacher) none the less seems to be really really good. And we have heard a lot about her.

An emergency kit is available in the Kindergarten room, gym, and the office. Ready for those hopefully none existent lows. Pictures of students with medical needs are not permitted in the school system any more. But from day to day everyone will learn about Emma.

Emma mentioned about 10 times yesterday how much she likes Kindergarten. And was very talkative about her first class.

Mom cried, i didn't.
Moving forward however terrifies me to death on the first time she is excluded, teased, or singled out because of her type 1. It terrifies me because i will not know how to react. But i will react. Usually without thinking. I ONLY want to say the right things to Emma when this happens. Q. Has this happened to you? Your child? How do you deal with it? What do you say to them? <----- reaching out for help.

Not much gets to me...but this certainly does.

My Big Girl. I love you so much.


Shannon said...

Jeez. I can't believe she's a real school girl now.

Brendon's experience has been positive. He's in the 4th grade now! The only thing that annoyed him in the 2nd grade was being bombarded with questions.

But otherwise, kids have been either oblivious to him having diabetes, or they just have a light curiosity about what he's doing when he tests in class.

There are other kids in his school who have diabetes and they never have problems with being teased.

Honestly, I don't think she'll have a problem at all, so please scratch that worry off your list.

AmyT said...

OMG, the first day of kindergarten is so emotional anyway... good for you!

George said...

I don't have much on this having been dx'ed at 17. But i will say, I cannot believe Emma is in kindergarden! She is too cute!

Jamie said...

I await the answers Chris ..... D's first day is on Tuesday.

Hard to believe they're off to big school now huh? Wow!

Nicki Christensen Swilor said...

She looks so cute! Love the cute hair. She'll do great and the kids will love her!

Jenn said...

Tell her Aunty Jenny says no more growing up! She has to stay in Kindergarten forever!!! I know she will LOVE it. She will make tons of friends. Love her.

Penny said...

Can't believe she's in Kindergarten!! My, how time flies.

Riley has never been teased because of his D, so I can't help you there. Hopefully, Emma won't either, but I know if she is, you will know exactly how to handle it.

Leighann of D-Mom Blog said...

My Type 1 daughter started kindergarten this year as well. You are fortunate to have a nurse in the room. Our school district has ONE nurse to cover ELEVEN grade schools! She gets to our school midway through lunch, takes care of 3 kids (2 are diabetic), and is off to the next school.

Not ideal.

That being said, overall we are happy with our school.

Please stop by my blog, which I hope is a resource to other parents of diabetic children. I hope to develop relationships with more parents.

D-Mom Blog