Here in Australia, the term before your child turns 4, your child can do "pre entry" kindergarten - which is usually one morning or afternoon per week.
...the time has come....
my baby is almost four.... so its time she left from under my wing, with her lunchbox in tow, and go off to kindy with all the other big kids! *tear*
Because Tiny is excruciatingly shy with strangers, I've asked if she can do pre-entry for the last 2 terms of this year, and start full time kindy next year. I prepped the teacher, "please don't think she's rude or defiant if she doesn't look at you when you talk to her, or answer you... she will come round, once she's comfortable in her new environment - oh, and please don't single her out, if she's not doing what you've asked the group to do - she'd be mortified, then hide under a table"
After staying with her for 1/2 an hour, I told her I was going, and I'd be back after snack time to pick her up. To my utter shock, she looked up at me and said "ok"... and that was it. What?!! No, "Mama, Mama?" No tears? What a let down?!!!! When I picked her up, I snuck in without her seeing me, and watched her as she packed up the blocks, singing to herself! Tiny's teacher bee-lined for me, and told me she was great! She did talk to her, a few words, anyway - but there was no hiding, she ate her fruit - she did really really well!!!!
What a relief. I've been dreading this day, all holidays... how will my Tiny cope?!!!
She never ceases to amaze me!