Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Something About No White After Labor Day, But What About Red?

Like many of you out there, tomorrow will be a big day for us. The Champ will be starting kindergarten. And like some of you, Mrs. Joe and I decided to "redshirt” him last year. His birthday is September 16, a mere two weeks before the cutoff date here in our city. For some reason, the cutoff here is earlier than every other city or town around. This would’ve made him one of the youngest kids in his class. He also is smaller than most kids his age. Unfortunate for him, yours truly can claim another thing in common with Tom Cruise.

If you haven’t heard, this seems to be a hot topic lately. There was an article in the NY Times about it this past June. Oh, The Joys, among other bloggers have written about it extensively.

I look it as a decision for Mrs. Joe and myself. I like to think we know what is best for our kid.

I will now get down off my soapbox. (So that’s what it’s like to be 6 feet tall.)

Anyway, we went out this weekend and purchased all the supplies he will need. Included were 2 folders, pencils, crayons (a box of 24, a box any bigger was not allowed), erasers, glue, scissors and two pencil cases. The Champ has been referring to all of this as his “equipment”. He had to have a new backpack with a matching lunchbox, too. We also bought some new blue dress pants. He will be following in his mother’s footsteps and attending Catholic school, although it will be a different school as Mrs. Joe’s has closed.

He seems to be ready for this big step, too. Mrs. Joe and I were talking this morning about whether or not to buy something for the house. The Champ voiced his opinion, to which I responded,

“Well, when you start working you can help decide how we spend the money.”

To this he replied,

“I will be working. Once I start school, I’ll have to do homeWORK”

And to anyone else out there whose child is starting kindergarten this year, Good luck and enjoy! I know I will.



Blogger Whit said...

This is the first year I'll pay attention to the school calendar. My oldest will start up next year and it's already bittersweet.

Tue Aug 28, 02:23:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Darren said...

Good luck to the Champ. After reading your last post, I was wondering if he was going to go to Catholic school. Will you be getting things to sell on the first day? And requests to volunteer? I can almost guarantee that by this time tomorrow we'll have a catolog of wrapping paper or some other junk to sell.

Tue Aug 28, 05:02:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Ben & Bennie said...

I'm one of those who was always the smallest in my classes (September 5th). Given your height The Champ will have no problem in a couple of years. And about wearing red: aren't you guys Red Sox fans?

Tue Aug 28, 07:48:00 PM 2007  
Blogger FENICLE said...

We decided to keep our son in Pre-K again this school year. He turned 5 on July 22 and the cut-off for Kind. here is Aug. 1st.

He spent last year in a really good Pre-K program that we love (and he does too). But we decided he just isn't ready for an all day structured environment.

His attention isn't quite there. By spring this past year he was just getting into letters and sounds, etc...

I think you have to make a decision that is best for your kiddo & your family. Although the thought of people holding kids back simply for the hope they'll do better athletically is ridiculous!!!!

Tue Aug 28, 11:41:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Em said...

I totally support the fact that you redshirted him last year. It sucks to be the "little kid" every year. But now, off he goes to join the big world of education. Good luck to him. And to you!

Wed Aug 29, 10:28:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Geologychick said...

It's always better to be a big fish in a little pond! Love your Blog!

Wed Aug 29, 02:30:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Ben & Bennie said...

I know it's not the Cy Young Award but there's something nice waiting for you at our place.

Wed Aug 29, 03:31:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Stepping Over the Junk said...

Heh heh. He is brilliant already.

Wed Aug 29, 04:07:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Chaos Control said...

With wit like that, he's most certainly ready for kindergarten!

Wed Aug 29, 05:53:00 PM 2007  
Blogger charlotta-love said...

Ah, the literal comments. Gotta love them. The entire school adventure will be fun I'm sure. My brother (9) is to the point now where he can joke at school and be the funny guy. The jokes aren't quite as appreciated at home though since - well, we aren't 9 anymore. Just this morning I was looking at a book that explained the different types of tree leaves and had pictures of various colors, sizes, and shapes leaves come in. The book is titled, "Autumn Leaves". Christian said, "The next book after this one should be called 'Winter Comes'." See how smart school made him. :o)

Have fun tomorrow!

Thu Aug 30, 10:32:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Oh, The Joys said...

Best of the best to The Champ!!

Thu Aug 30, 04:06:00 PM 2007  

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