Our school wasn't 100% sure of the number of children it was expecting at the end of last year and warned us that the kids wouldn't be put into their classes until a day or two into term. Day one went by and they stuck to their old classes and Nugget thought that was just great.
Nugget came home from school today to reveal that he has been placed in a K/1 composite class.
It was my biggest dread. We were told last year that there was a good chance that they would create 2 kindy classes, 2 first grade classes and a composite class. I thought to myself at the time that I hoped Nugget wouldn't be in the K/1 class. But alas, he is.
I don't know how they choose who goes in to a mixed class and who doesn't (maybe one of the many 'teacher bloggers' around the place could help me out with this?).
I hoped Nugget would be spared because he is so young (probably younger than some of the Kindies in his class).
I hoped Nugget would not be included because he had such a fine start to school that I didn't really want first grade to be tricky or for him to 'get lost' if he is struggling.
I hoped Nugget wouldn't be in K/1 because he is a quiet, reserved boy and I am afraid he won't speak up.
I hoped Nugget wouldn't go into the composite class because there is a smaller cohort of children for him to befriend and I don't want him to be an 'outsider' in his own school grade.
Life never goes to plan as you hope, does it?
Have you experienced the 'composite' class with your children? What are your thoughts? Please tell...