I agonized over this decision (I still do) but we decided that Sariah would attend 4 year old kindergarden (known as 4K) this year through the school district. This is the first year that they are doing 4K, so its new for everyone. She goes 4 days a week Tuesday-Friday for 4 hours. They have a morning & an afternoon program. We're doing the afternoon so we can still attend our morning activites like story time and dance class.
Sariah is really excited for this. She feels like such a big kid. I feel like she's such a little girl to throw her into public school already. She's doing pretty good, though. They eat lunch at school, have class time and recess at the end. I hope its a good step for her before attending full day kindergarden next year.
We weren't going to buy Sariah a new backpack for this year, because her old one is still pretty good, but we saw this one at Whistler and had to buy it. You can't see it from this pic, but its got a cute bear & moose on it. She likes it way more than she would've liked a t-shirt or something.
Sariah is doing well with the rest of school, too. She's gotten to pick prizes from the treasure box twice already, and she told me Wed. that she is awesome because she never had to sit next to the wall during recess for not listening and following directions.
By Friday, I think we both felt overwhelmed. Its a big change, but one I know she can handle. She's ready to be challenged and learn. She's growing up before my eyes!