Surprisingly, it's been so much better! She held on pretty tight the first day, but within a couple of minutes, she was off to her class, happily putting away her backpack.
The hardest part about Kindergarten is getting ready in the morning. I'm having a hard time being cheerful when I have to remind her every 2 minutes to keep on task. It can take 5 minutes just to get her to brush her hair some mornings. I'm not sure how I will manage to get us all out the door when I'm 8 months pregnant.
The other struggle is more recent. For the first month or so, I walked her to her classroom every morning. This requires taking off my shoes, since they don't really like outdoor footwear in the school. Well, it snowed last week. I had my boots on, that have laces. I did not want to go through the effort of untying and then tying them again. So I told Bria that she would get to walk to her class by herself that day.
That resulted in a huge fit. She was crying and telling me that she would just go home then. Finally a resource teacher pried her off of me and carried her to her class. I felt like the world's worst mom. It was awful. The good thing was that when I came to pick her up, she was totally happy and her teacher said she had a great day.
So how can I encourage her to go to her class on her own from now on? I do not want to go back to walking her to her door every day. In fact, her teacher discourages it too. I need a solution!