On Friday, it wasn't just Cassie that had an important day to get her school schedule, Benjamin and Isabella were very excited to go to their school in the afternoon. Not to meet the teacher yet, but we went to see the class lists that were posted outside the school. This so all the new students would have a clue what teacher and what class room they would be in on Monday morning! Kindergarten doesn't start until Tuesday after Labor Day, but we also now got the teacher's name and what classroom the kids will go to. We had requested to keep them together, a lot of people seem to think that twins should be separated in different classes, but we don't think so.
If you have identical twins, or maybe even if they are the same sex, then maybe I can understand why people would want to separate them, as they would maybe depend too much on each other, only play with eachother, others would have a hard time keeping them apart and all, but with a boy/girl twin combination, I see it as much easier for everyone to keep them together. They will have their own friends and interest and will have no problem to be an individual in the classroom. For me/us as parents, it will be much easier. One class teacher to visit, one classroom to help out in, one classroom to go to for special events, just like this Monday when all kids had their first meeting with the teacher. I wouldn't have been able to do that on my own with two kids in different classrooms. My husband can't take off for all school events, and this way it will be much easier for me to volunteer and take part in their class. It will also be much easier with homework and field trips, as they will have the same and the same dates.
On Monday afternoon, it was Kindergarten Orientation, where we got to meet the teacher and get into the classroom for the first time. The kids were so excited and had brought their school supplies in their backpacks. There is a lot of supplies, and it is all shared in the classroom.
The teacher went through some information on the white board, going through all kind of things, rules and what kind of homework they would have, when and how to turn it in etc. Supplies, folders, binders and information was explained, to make it as easy for the kids as possible to understand what they can expect!
I didn't want to take pictures where other kids were in the pictures at this point, but all the little tables and chairs were in the back of the classroom, and the big carpet in the front, with little stations all around. Reading corner, listening corner, blocks and dress up and all kind of things for crafts were to be seen at this point.
The orientation didn't take very long, we did sign up for individual meetings for later this week, as they want to take some tests with the kids to see what level they all are on. They used to do these tests in home visits, but I'm glad that they now do them in the school, makes much more sense to me to have them in the school to make the kids even more familiar with the class room and the teacher before they start. We have our individual meetings tomorrow Thursday for both kids. Will tell you more about what they had to do after that.