In a little over 8months Megan will be starting school. Even though I know she is totally ready for school next year (in fact she could start now), I’m not sure how she will cope with being at school all day.
Megan is into her second term of Kindergarten, and she comes home exhausted. Utterly spent. She has a great day at Kinder and her teachers say she is doing really well, but she comes home and crashes. Lounging on the couch in front of the TV is the best way to spend her after-kinder-noons.
Sometimes she falls asleep on the couch, but if not, she is so miserable/tired/cranky/irritable/nasty that we are all begging for bed by 6pm. Dinner is a struggle because she is too miserable/tired/cranky/irritable to eat anything that is not exactly what she wants.
How will she manage next year? This is only Kindergarten, where there is a lot more freedom of choice. How will she cope with a day of having almost no say in what she gets to do, having to think a lot harder and for longer?
Is there a sudden burst of energy when she turns five?
Will being at school provide her with the boost needed to endure all that, plus come home and read a school book and learn words as well?
Does she simply suck it up and develop the stamina needed to survive a weekday?
Or will the roles be reversed, and I will be the one explaining to her teacher that we couldn’t do any homework because she is stubbornly refusing to cooperate after a long day at school?