Today is Julia's end-of-year kindergarten field trip. They go for the entire day, on a bus, to a city an hour away, to go to the zoo. (Note: there is another, larger zoo about a half hour away, which the first graders go to for their field trip. I have no idea why the kindergartners go to the farther zoo.)
Let's pause here for a moment to consider the idea of a bunch of five- (OK, six-) year-olds going on a bus for an entire day to a DIFFERENT CITY AN HOUR AWAY for a field trip.
Are you done considering?
Let me just point out that, when I was a kindergartner almost 35 years ago (gulp), there were no kindergarten field trips, let alone all-day field trips to another city. Also? I didn't go on a field trip to another city until the one-day ski trip in the sixth grade. (Totally traumatic, by the way. I am not the downhill-skiing type.)
My husband is going along on the bus to the field trip as a chaperone. He wanted to, but even if he hadn't, I was planning to go (and have him take the day off to stay home with Genevieve). Because no way was I sending my tiny, barely-six-year-old on a bus to a zoo an hour away, for the entire day, without her own parent along. No. Sorry, no. Am I the only parent to think kindergartners are too little to go on an all-day, traveling field trip? Am I the only one to think school and society has sped up to a ridiculous degree in the past 30 years, and that our tiny children are exposed to things at a far younger age than we were when we were kids, and that this is not a good thing? Have you noticed that kindergarten is the new first grade, and that what we used to do in kindergarten now happens in nursery school? I'm sorry, but I don't approve. Even if my daughter is crazy-excited about her field trip. (I doubt she'd be so excited were her daddy not coming along, though.)
OK, so, onward. The kicker is that it is POURING RAIN outside, and as dark as evening. It's supposed to rain all day. The kindergarten goes rain or shine. And Genevieve's outdoor preschool field trip, last month, which my husband also helped chaperone, took place in the rain as well. Seriously, can you imagine spending all day with a busload of five- and six-year-olds at the zoo in the pouring rain? My husband is a good man.
Coming tomorrow: Kindergarten Graduation. I've heard this involves hand-made caps with tassels, songs about finishing kindergarten, and recitations of poems the children wrote themselves. I have a feeling it is also going to involve tears (from the moms, not the kids). I think it goes without saying that I am NOT ready for my daughter to be done with kindergarten.