Friday, September 7, 2007


Yesterday was Hannah's first day of Kindergarten. Before school, she couldn't stand still she was so excited. She was ready to go 20 minutes early and didn't understand why we couldn't leave NOW!! We used our extra time to take some pictures:

No, they're not wearing uniforms, they just wanted to wear their matching outfits.

Waiting in line outside class.

Emma and I were able to go into Hannah's classroom for the first 15 minutes. We watched her find her cubby (so exciting!), hang up her coat and backpack (so exciting!), put her lunch in the lunch bucket, and find her seat (!!). She loved all these tasks, but started to get grumpy when she was at her seat with Emma and me. After her teacher called the class to come find a seat on the floor, Hannah started rubbing her wet eyes. Her teacher asked the children to wave bye to mom. Realizing that Hannah was sad, if not already crying, I gave her a big smile, grabbed Emma, and raced out the door. In retrospect, I think she would have done better if I'd just said bye at the beginning, before going into class. Much like my friend Cailean's Kindergarten experience (see her blog, linked to the right), when I peeked back at Hannah, she was looking at her teacher, sadness apparently over.

After school, Hannah told us all about her day. She said she didn't learn anything, "just rules." She liked eating her lunch at school and carrying her princess lunch box to the lunchroom "like a purse." She toured the school and told me the name of the PE teacher, though she didn't participate in the optional PE games. Instead, she "just got used to the gym." :) Her favorite time of day was free choice time and quiet time when she went to the reading corner and found new books to read. She didn't go to the bathroom at all for the entire 6 hours. Yes, I asked. She said the bathroom has a "loud flusher" and was, therefore, not usable. Despite my insistence that she go during her time at school, she refuses. We'll be working on that.

All in all, a great first day. She couldn't wait to go back the next day. She was quite tired and was in bed and asleep by 8:00 PM that night. I went up to bed at 8:30 PM. The first day of Kindergarten is tiring for Moms too.


Julie said...

Ha, all Macie could remember about school the first few days was all the rules and how you got sent to the principal if you broke the rules.

Cailean said...

Oh how funny!!! Almost identical experiences, wow. Yeah that "parents waiting around to say goodbye" thing was NOT good. Elizabeth was so happy until the goodbye part started. If we'd left soon after taking her in, she probably would have been fine. SIGH! It's hard no matter what though. How did YOU do? I was a WRECK the first day but fine after that. How did Emma do? Julia has still sort of seemed lost without her playmate although she and Elijah are best buds too.

Heidi said...

Great pictures! I am glad to see you guys got some good sleep after a hard day!

I thought that we would be a little more teary, but I guess since it was #4, it was ok--plus we didn't even walk him into class, he just went right in by himself--Boyd has been ready to start school for at least 2 years! I have been keeping Elisabeth pretty busy, but the first day when we were pulling into the driveway after errands, she said, "Go get brothers?"--so cute, but at least Boyd comes home by lunch! Just give us a call if Emma needs a friend to play with during the day!

Derek, Mari, and Colin Luangrath said...

These pictures are just precious. Laura, your girls look just like you! Adorable! Can you believe you're a school mom already??