School starts this month, which, of course, is crazy.
What's more surprising to me, though, is that my youngest is going to be an upper-classman. While grades 1-3 have their own playground, grades 4-5 are on a different playground and have a longer school day.
My YOUNGEST, an UPPER-anything? That's just not right.
It is bizarre enough that he's now in the mid-upper levels of compulsory gymnastics, so actually warms up with the upper levels. (4 and 5 are intro; 6 and 7 are intermediate, but still perform compulsory routines; gymnasts in 8-10 perform customized "optional" routines [as well as a technical sequence for those hoping to compete as junior elite.] My son is a 6, and works out in a group that is levels 6-10 before they break out into 6-7 and 8-10.)
My son may get a teacher with whom he's not very familiar. There were some staff shuffles before summertime, and so the fourth grade options include a veteran 4th grade teacher, a teacher who is moving from 3rd to 4th, and then the resource teacher who is moving to 4th.
My son is worried he might get the former resource teacher. He has seen her around school, and is frightened by her appearance. Regardless of whether he's in her classroom or not, he'll definitely have interaction with her. So -- he'll have to learn that appearances do not dictate what is inside of a person. THAT is a good lesson as he grows up and fulfills his "upper"classman role.
Meanwhile, my oldest son is now a 7th grader. Yup, the quintessential middle-school year. Dreaded by all. The worst. The pinnacle of junior high tragedy. Seventh grade.
I'm actually not worried, though. He survived 6th grade with only a few waves, and I know who to contact if any of those become a tsunami in the months to come. From an academic perspective, he's all good. (In fact, his grades are better than mine at that age, but don't tell him that.) The social stuff is tricky, but after a bizarre situation mid-year, he found a group of guys to hang out with who didn't cause drama. I'm guessing he'll stick to those guys, and I know he trusts at least one adult on that campus, so should be absolutely fine.
I think if anything, the transition to 4th and 7th grades is more of a jolt for me than them! (HOW did I get to have such BIG kids!?)