Today marks the start of my twin daughters school induction week. I can’t quite believe I am writing that as they don’t seem old enough to be going, but hey ho it really is happening. Every school seems to do induction weeks differently, but the girls are following the same induction week school schedule Charlie did four years ago.
I am going to try to put my emotions aside for this post, as we all know what a blubbering mess I am inside at the prospect of my baby girls heading off to full time school in September.
Our induction week goes like this; Monday they will go to school 9am until 12pm. This will work well for them as it’s the same hours they do at nursery, but instead of it being in the afternoon it’ll be in the morning. Tuesday will be the same 9am until 12pm, but I will then meet them at lunchtime as we go for dinner together in the dinner hall. I am hoping that the rather noisy environment the dinner hall brings won’t phase them too much. At least once a term, Charlie’s class invites parents in for lunch so they are used to being in the dinner hall and all the mayhem that it brings with it. It sounds so silly but the thing I’m worried about the most, is them not being able to open their food. As a whole, they aren’t shy girls but I worry that they won’t feel able to ask for help and may end up hungry as a result. They turned four less than a month ago, so still seem much younger than other children some of whom have a good nine months on them.
Wednesday I have a meeting with their new teacher and then they’ll be at nursery as usual in the afternoon. Thursday and Friday are going to be the big ones. They go all day including lunch times. I will drop them off at 9am and pick them up at 3.15pm.
We always opted for afternoon sessions of nursery as it starts creating a daily routine which hopefully come September will be useful. They know they have to go somewhere every day at the same time, for the same duration. I like that it gives them structure and for us, it works brilliantly.
Come Friday evening I am expecting two incredibly tired girls. They still are seeing very excited about the prospect of going to big school. They have seen their brother go everyday since they were born and they always have wanted a bit of the action. I am hoping we avoid any tears as not only have they already made lots of friends in nursery and reception years, but they do have each other for a bit of back up and support. I have opted to keep them together for the reception year, purely as they haven’t been apart and I think for the first year it is what will be best for them. I will review this with the teachers regularly but for September they will be in the same class.
It’s going to be a big week here in the Twinderelmo household and I hope they have a fantastic time.