Tuesday, August 24, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="604" caption="Putting stuff away in the locker."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="604" caption="Settling down in his assigned seat."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="604" caption="Ms Shane's Kindergarten class and some classmates."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="604" caption="Going to the flagpole for flag raising ceremony."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="604" caption="Heading back to their room after the ceremony."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="604" caption="Flag raising ceremony at the elementary. Grades K through 5 all outside. There are a lot of kids!"][/caption]

Kindergarten started yesterday. I guess it's a testament to our (parents and preschool) success that this momentous day seemed not such a big deal to Big M. He was excited about school and being a big boy, but he only had minor jitters (if that). I walked him to class, he put away his backpack, and set down where he was supposed to. He didn't bring lunch as I wanted him to learn how to eat at the school cafeteria on his first day, so we practiced what he to order. Then we hugged, kissed, nose kissed and I left to go to the "Boo Hoo" breakfast by the PTA. No tears from me. But that's because I shed a couple while we were still in the house. :)

I hung around for their flag-raising ceremony. He saw me, hugged me, and then I told him to stay with his class and so he did. Aaaah. Where has time gone?

After waiting half an hour at the carpool lane at pickup, the first thing he said to me when he hopped in the car was, "MOMMY, KINDERGARTEN IS FUN!" I wanted to know everything he did, but though still excited he was tired. Getting information from him was like pulling teeth. I did get the fact that he ordered what he wanted, but he was made to get carrots and said he wasn't going to eat that. He said that a teacher told him where to sit and that he sat with big kids. Thankfully my not-so-little-man is social and confident enough that this didn't bother him one bit. If anything, sitting with big kids is something he really like, thanks to our time spent with his older cousins in NC. He also told me the color squares where kids were to line up at the end of the day; different colors for walkers, for bus riders, and for carpool.

Today was definitely more momentous for me than it was for him. There are tons of emotions that can't even be put into words. But all in all, Big M's Dad and I are very proud of him. The day has gone much easier on me that he didn't think this day is such a big deal.

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