For the most part, David takes the kids to school on his way to work every day. About twice a month, he has an overnight for work or he needs to leave early, and I have to take them. It's never been a big deal. But, next year, everything will change. Emily will be at Junior High and her school starts over an hour before the boys will start. So, David will take her to school every morning. It's about a 15 minute drive from our house. I'll take the boys.
David couldn't take them to school Monday and Tuesday this week. So, yesterday we are leaving for school and here comes the school bus at the exact time I'm leaving for school to drop off the kids. Last year, the bus picked up earlier, but they must have adjusted something and now it's about the same exact time that we leave. Now, our school isn't close. It's about a 7 minute drive each way and the drop off line can either take a minute or 10 minutes. So, it's easily 20-30 minutes to drop them. I see the bus and think they should try it. Come next year, Emily will have to take the bus home from school and I'll probably put the boys on the bus every morning too since it literally stops a few blocks from our house.
They tried it out this morning for the first time. Other than field trips, they've never been on a bus. Actually, Noah missed his only Kindergarten field trip because he was sick, so this was his first time on a school bus.
It makes 3 more stops in our neighborhood and then it's off to school. I almost followed it to make sure they got to school okay, but I figure that's ridiculous.
For the rest of the year, David will still take them to school. But, on the few mornings I need to take them, I'll put them on the bus. It'll be good for them to get the hang of it before next year.
I can't wait to hear how it goes. My predictions...Ben will hate it because it gives him almost no recess time in the morning. Emily and Noah will like it.