Kindergarten School

Yuri and the First Week of Kindergarten School

I feel so exhausted! It’s just been one week (actually, four days!) that Yuri was at school, yet I feel like I’ve used up all of my humanly powers. In that short period of time, I realised, I’m not Wonder Woman! And it pains me so much to say that, lololol!

Seriously though, it’s been a really full week. Even if I had two days off (Monday was a holiday and I took a leave Tuesday because it was Yuri’s first day of school), it doesn’t feel anything like it. If anything, it feels as if I just came from an 80-hour work week. Having a student is not easy pala! 

I usually wake up at 5:30 (yes, even in the summer), but before school started, this meant spending time in a devotional, trying to work out, and preparing for the day. This time, it means preparing Yuri’s things, uniform, and baon. He doesn’t have to go to school until lunch time — we enrolled him in the afternoon session because of reasons — but since I have work, as much as possible, I need to get everything done within the first hour of the day.

Later in the week, I would find out that it’s a hundred times more better to prepare everything the night before. Hey, I’m still learning! 😀

I spent Monday and Tuesday doing school-mum stuff. I laundered all his uniform, school underwear (just white socks, white sandos, and white briefs), PE uniform, proceeded to iron them, washed his lunch boxes, water bottles, accessories, prepared his things and requirements, went to the mall to buy the last items still un-ticked on his requirement checklist, and did grocery shopping for baon. The works. I still had time to meet up with my best friend George for dinner, so I’m gonna give myself a pat on the back for that haha.

Well, I also learned that preparing for school a day before it starts and preparing on the first day of school itself were two completely different things. I can’t say I was frazzled because I still managed to have fun, but I think I did use all of my major muscle groups. I did manage to get these snapshots!

Weapon of choice: my trusty Instax 210 + film of course

Yuri’s first day baon: Tuna sandwich, cheese shapes, pizza shapes, and Keebler wafers

On the way to school! I brought him to the barbershop earlier that day so his hair was just freshly cut and styled

Hello, school! Let’s do this!

Welcome to kindergarten, noob mama! I swear, there is nothing more intimidating than a group of confident veteran school-mums when you’re melting into a puddle of nerves.

Hello, classroom! This was a really old classroom, a lot older than I am. The elementary building is, I think, the oldest building in the campus.

It’s good to know, though, that the inside was maintained nicely: clean and spacious and well-lit. A/C units look fairly new and it has an overhead projector na lol!

The adjacent classroom was converted into a playroom just for the K2 pupils. It’s also airconditioned and the place is really clean. Yuri’s one of the early birds so he had the place to himself. His favourite things are the bahay-kubo slide (behind Yuri) and the ball pit (right)!

Segue about the playroom: There was no separation anxiety or any drama among the kids, like at all. This was because they were all put inside the playroom to interact with their classmates, teacher, and titas (teacher aides). Yuri didn’t even look at me once he was inside.

The only “drama” that happened came from a boy classmate who arrived late. By the time he arrived, play time was already over and they were back in the classroom. It did not sit well with the child, obviously, and he cried. It does serve as a good lesson about punctuality for Yuri (and maybe his other classmates too).

Second day baon! Peanut butter sandwich, Keebler wafers, ham & cheese shapes, and a banana

I love PE uniform days because they’re easier to iron bahaha!

I really like the lady guard (the one sweeping the floor). She never fails to smile and she talks to the students, especially the smaller ones, in a motherly way. Also, she allowed me to go inside when I was wearing shorts. In my defence, I did not know the dress code was already being implemented during the orientation week! Oops!

A cut-out star can absolutely make a 5-year old’s day 😀

He didn’t even notice me when I was right there. Hi Yuri! 😀 (Also, he wasn’t wearing his PE uniform because a new schedule was given the day before, the day when he was wearing his PE uniform haha)

It was a fun first week. Right after the first day, my nervousness disappeared, and it’s hugely because Yuri was having so much fun at school. He loves his teacher, the titas, his classmates… the play room! LOL! In fact, for him, Monday can’t arrive quickly enough! As for me, I’m going to enjoy my weekend (I just finished washing his clothes ~again~ and wrapping his notebooks in plastic cover) because next week will be a new adventure!

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  • Reply Janice June 21, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Congrats on Yuri’s first day in kindergarten. I can still remember how hard it was to wake up super early each day to prepare my kids for school. I don’t need to do this with Ziggy now coz he’s homeschooled. But for years I did it with my two girls. At least Yuri’s class is in the afternoon. There was a time when my girl school schedule started at 7 am. The school bus fetched them here at home at 530am. So just imagine what time I had to be up. Best wishes to you. You can do this! 🙂

  • Reply Michi June 22, 2017 at 7:10 am

    When my son was in preschool years, our schedule was 10AM so I have no problem with wake-up time. But when we transferred him to traditional school, ang hirap gumising ng 5AM just to prepare. Yung uniform sa night pa lang nilalabas ko na, para di ko na iisipin sa umaga kung anong susuotin ba niya, regular, PE or gala uniform. 🙂

  • Reply Nerisa June 22, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats, Yuri! What a fun first week you had! When my little boy was in kindergarten, especially the first days, everything is stressful. From the school supplies, to the baons, to the documentation (we need that hahaha), to the mommy chikahan / comparison. Good thing, we are now almost a pro when handling these things.

  • Reply Melisa Sanchez June 24, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Yay! finally! yeah I agree sis, hirap talaga pag may studyante hehehe! naalala ko din si mother ko 3 kaming studyante every morning ang ingay hahahha! pero malapit kuna yan mararanasan sana kakayanin ko 🙂

  • Reply Berlin | Momi Berlin June 24, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I like the ham and cheese shapes. I also prepare the boys baon thus I wake up everyday at 430am. I also cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the morning to spare myself from cooking later at the afternoon.

    It is really exhausting to have school kids. But the fun of preparing their food and also their uniform is beyond the happiness. Perhaps moms are really meant to give selfless love to their children.

  • Reply May June 26, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Haha yes! My son has rehearsals at 1 PM everyday, and I thought at first that it would be much more convenient. But noooooo!!!! It’s harder to juggle work AND having to prepare everything he needs before we go. Plus, I have to tag along the other two bulilits…so I need to prepare their needs too.

  • Reply Shalene R June 27, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Congratulations! You must be so proud. I remember when my eldest was still in kindergarten and I’d get sepanx all the time (yes ako yung may anxiety hahaha). Ang galing mo lang, ang aga mo gumising kahit summer. I can’t really wake up that early because I’m a night owl, and my schedule gets moved all the time throughout the day, LOL.

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