Well, we made it through our first week of kindergarten and definitely have had our fair share of unexpected surprises. I was not expecting the havoc of messing up our schedule. You have to understand, I have been running the same schedule for the past five years. Its not without flaws, but it works wonders for me. Its always been 7:30-8:00 breakfast, lunch at 11:30, 1:00-3:00 naps and rest then an afternoon snack, dinner at 5:00-5:30 and bed at 7:00. Day in and day out. That is how I live and breath. Well, kindergarten is from 12:50-3:21, which I thought would be doable. Nothing really changes except for Tayden misses out on rest time. That's where I was wrong.
First issue we are having is it is so close to rest and naps, we are rushed to drop him off and rushed to pick him up. We need to be back on time to start naps and rest. If we start late, it goes late which interprets into Tayden being picked up late. Since we walk to pick him up, we need to be out the door at 3:05. That allows a little wiggle room for the walk and then insures that we are there before the bells rings and Tayden is let out of class. 3:05 is rushed after naps and rest and cuts into their afternoon snack. I tried doing snacks after we got home from pick up, but then they weren't getting snacks until 3:30-3:45, which is too close to dinner for my boys. I have started giving Beckett and Cache snacks they can eat on the walk up to school. That seems to be working.
The second issue, Tayden. He loves school. He has no problem with school what so ever. He honestly enjoys it. Every single aspect of it so far has been a huge hit. What's not a huge hit is him missing his rest. The mornings are good. The afternoons and evenings, not good. He comes home from school so excited and happy to show me his stuff and tell me about his day, but about an hour into be home, he turns into cranky bear. He has been so used to having downtime every day for his whole life, that not getting it is really throwing him off. I underestimated how much he thrived on the schedule. So, I am trying a few new things. A short rest between lunch and school. Or a rest after school. I tried earlier bed, but that's too hard on the family. They already go to bed early and that cut in on our family time.
I know, I'm a freak. And that is only the half of it. I'll spare the details of having to rearrange our TV time, Becketts speech time and my own rest and nap. It's funny how they all intergrade together and how afternoon kindergarten could screw it all up.
I know over the next few weeks everyone will adjust and we'll start a new schedule. But this week was exhausting. Mentally and physically. I'm looking forward to the long weekend and am hoping for an easier week next week.