School starts for my two older kids in just over one week. Speed will be moving onto grade 1 and Raru will be going up to senior kindergarten. It’s not as stressful for me (cause you know, that matters) this year because Raru will be with the same teacher and Speed will be with many of the same students. It will be interesting to see how it all pans out for him going 5 times a week with a new teacher, but he’s likely going to be just fine!
Raru is a little bit shy, and though she will be with the same teacher and most of the same students, she will get a whole new batch of junior kindergarten students in the classroom with her. She doesn’t have a lot of experience being in a group of kids and she has always been shy. Last year was a hard transition on her, but it was made easier by a few things.
She got to know her teacher a bit the previous year as her teacher was working as an aide in Speed’s classroom at a different school. When we learned she would be moving to a teaching position at their new school, we were thrilled. Speed was also in the same class as Raru, so there were two friendly faces and one being her best friend. Speed make it easier for her.
This year he will be in his own classroom and while she still has the teacher and some friends, we wanted to do again this year what helped her last year.
We colored her hair.
Last year she had a purple stripe in her hair. Real hair dye that stayed in for nearly the whole year though faded over time. It helped her feel special and gave her confidence to talk to people and go outside her comfort zone.
With school staring again in one week, we colored her hair again. It’s pink this time and it’s a lot more than just one stripe; we opted for the tips (bottom) to be bright pink with some streaks of purple and it looks great!
We are hoping it helps her with confidence again and well, she’s a kid and what better time to be playful with your hair? I am a big fan of the fun colored hair (I have pink in my hair) and think it’s a great way for her to play it up. Had she asked for something more “traditional” like blonde highlights, I wouldn’t approve — it’s not about her upholding some appearance thing, it’s her confidence and pink hair will give you that (I know it works for me).
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