I am now the mother of an elementary school child (and will have to start paying for him on the trains!) We usually get up at 6.10am but got up 10 minutes earlier so we didn't have any crazy rushing around. All his clothes were set out the night before and his bag packed ready to go.
Yesterday we were given a list of which things he has to take in on which day so they are now sat in piles on the floor, so he knows what to take and when.
The meeting spot for his walking group is actually the house across the road and his hancho-san (buddy) is the girl who lives on the corner of our street, her little brother was supposed to start today but he wasn't there, not sure why.
Ebi-kun was quite excited to go today, he had 3 big girls fussing over him as he left, only the first graders have to wear the yellow flap on their bag. The kids have to walk a set route and in their own group, I think there are 11 in Ebi-kuns group all together, they pick up more kids on the way, for me it would be say a 10-15 minute walk but for the kids probably 30 minutes. Not like Heathers kids who have to yomp up and down a mountain! Also, along the route there are nominated parents who wear high viz jackets and flags where the children have to cross the road or on dangerous spots. I have to do this about 5 times a year.
Coming home though, the different grades have different finishing times so, the walking groups don't have a big kid to keep an eye on them. For the first few weeks there are a couple of parents walking with the groups but eventually they will walk alone.
So, the last three days have been pretty chaotic which is mirrored by the state of the house, I think today I will try and get back on top of everything, get everything sorted and the tomorrow I can throw myself back into work mode.