JT was the youngest in his class last year. In fact, he was close to the cut off age to start last year, but John and I wanted JT to start to give him the full advantage of being in an excellent school system. As the spring came around, we started discussing with his teachers to have him repeat. JT was "on level", but having gone through this exact same thing with Lindsay, who was also a very close to the cut off (when we lived in California, but clearly after the Tennessee cut off). Lindsay was "on level" for the standards, but behind in other areas. Much like his sister, we were seeing the same trend. Rather than push him forward and wait for the other shoe to drop in the next few years, like it did Lindsay, we decided to be proactive. There is also the old adage of boys maturing slower than girls. I can't tell you how many other friends in the education field have told us, "It's best to have a boy be on the older side than younger side. You are doing exactly what I have/would do with my own son." So that's our story of JT repeating kindergarten- we are doing what we feel is best for our sons development and future. *There is much more to our personal history, but no need for that. We saw first hand what pushing them ahead when you have the lingering doubt can do and we don't want to risk that again.
Time for happy stuff!!!
Our eager student woke up extra early by himself in anticipation of his first day! JT was treated with some Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Bacon and Orange Juice for his breakfast.
Looking so adorable for his first day!
He's going to change so much this year- it's our last first day of kindergarten.
JT's sign lists that the Magic Tree House series is his favorite book. We read a chapter to him each night and he loves the adventures in each book. JT has also decided that he wants to be a Football player when he grows up :)
JT was also ready to pose with his new Avengers lunchbox.
This kid is full of hilarious expressions.
Mr. Style was so excited for this outfit. I'm sure you will see many more colorful shoes/socks combinations in the early fall. Our little guy is quite the shoe connoisseur- he asks for new shoes nearly every time we go to a clothing store. He doesn't get them, btw ;)
Best shot I've been able to capture of his newly emerging smile. JT's front two teeth are slowly making their way down. I'm not in any particular hurry, because I know this will be the last of him looking so young. Wishing for time to slow down, just a bit.
We trekked though the dewy grass to get a proper photo in front of the school sign.
Welcome to kindergarten- take two!
JT hanging his lunchbox on his hook.
Mrs. Stephens- I'm sure JT will be learning so much from his teacher this year. We have only heard wonderful things about Mrs. Stephens and are so excited to be in her class.
Group tables in the kindergarten classes- JT will be sitting with 3 other students.
Like a pro, JT got straight to work on writing his name.
John was working from home this week to hang out with JT on his home days and greet JT when he got off the bus.
Just watch this adorable progression...
Running fast toward Daddy! JT usually tries to beat the bus. His goal is to get to the garage/person greeting him before the bus passes our house.
I love that JT was holding on tight to his new pencil Mrs. Stephens gave to all the students on the first day.
Wearing a hat he made in class stating "I rocked my First Day!"