My sweet little Nolan is starting school this year. I can tell you right now, there are a lot of conflicted emotions that I am experiencing about this.
On the one hand, I am incredibly excited for him. I know he is going to love school! He’s going to love learning, meeting new friends, and having new adventures. I’m also looking forward to one-on-one time with Archer. I’ve never really had that, and while I know we’ll both miss Nolan while he’s at school, I’m excited to get started on potty training and “home schooling”. I say that in quotations because its not really homeschooling, I’m not that skilled or dedicated. No, its more like learning shapes, numbers, letters and colours — which I try to do now, but Nolan always answers my questions for Archer so it’s hard to tell if he’s catching on. Plus trying to teach two different aged kids on different levels at the same time is very difficult. So, it’ll be good to focus on Archer’s ‘lessons’ during the day.
On the other hand, I can’t stop crying. I cried when I wrote his name on the his backpack, I cried when I picked out a pair of indoor shoes, I cried when I carefully packed all of his school this we’ve gotten thus far away in his bag and in the closet. My baby isn’t a baby anymore. He’s going to be a school aged child the moment I send him through those doors, and I’m not ready for that just yet. He was just born! He was just learning how to walk! He was just putting together his first sentences!
Now he’s all…independent, and stuff. He’s dressing himself, he’s going to the bathroom himself, washing his hands himself, and brushing his teeth himself. He can get his own snacks too and attempts to get his own drinks (although he still needs help with that).
Over the past little while, we’ve slowly been accumulating Nolan’s school supplies. I won a cool lunch bag from Old School New School Mom a while ago, and he’s got a backpack, indoor shoes, a thermos and reusable, no spill cup.
I’m not really sure if I’m forgetting anything, to be honest. I’m new at this gig. There is an overwhelming amount of back to school stuff, and I’m not even sure if Nolan is going to need a notebook. For now I’m just focusing on the things I’ll know he will need. I’ll probably wait until closer to school to grab the rest.
Next on my list is some Tupperware for sandwiches, snacks etc, and to start stocking up on lunch supplies. Any suggestions? I’m pretty sure Nolan’s school is “green” (meaning any garbage at all, they’ll send home. I think). Plus I’m game for that. I mean, it’d be lame to have garbage sent home when they could just teach kids how to recycle there too but, less waste for the earth, right?
I’m going to have fun with lunches…Nolan hates cold meats and pretty much lives off grilled cheese, Mac and cheese, spaghetti-o’s/alphagettis, pb&j sandwiches, and soup for lunches. He’ll eat fruit, which is good, and yogurt. But that’s about it. I know you can’t take anything nut product in, so I’ll be label checking like crazy. Aside from those [limited] options, what do I feed a kid!?
I’m also told the parents will take turns making play-doh for the entire class. That will make an interesting blog post; just how badly I screwed up homemade play-doh. I hope it won’t be as bad as my ‘from scratch‘ cake attempt, or my rice crispy squares attempt. Or any craft/dyi project I’ve ever tried to do in the history of, well, ever.
Also, stay tuned this fall for when Jess joins the Parent/Teacher Council. What was I thinking? I’ll never know, but it’ll surely make for some interesting experiences to say the least.