Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to School...For the First Time!

My oldest son John started kindergarten a few weeks ago on August 19th, but I haven't written about it until now because for me the week of Labor Day was always back-to-school time. That's when the first day of school was in Massachusetts when I was growing up, that's when classes started in college, and it's the unofficial beginning of fall. So in honor of all that I'm writing about back to school this week....

Here he is on the big morning! He wasn't very nervous. Fitting that the globe was behind him...I didn't even plan that. Off to learn about the world!

John did great on his first day, even without any orientation programs (he missed them all because of our move). I'm so proud of him! He really likes school and the things he does there and the friends he's making. Our school district here in Iowa does full-day kindergarten so it's a long day for a five-year-old (8:30-3:00), but he seems to be doing fine with it. He was actually disappointed yesterday on Labor Day that he didn't get to go to school. (Should I feel insulted by the fact that he'd rather go to school than stay home? Nah, I'll enjoy it while it lasts!)

Getting on the bus for the first time! He was fearless.

I can't believe I have a child in actual, official school now. It's a bigger milestone for the child but it's also a milestone for the parents. They say that the years fly by from here, but I hope they don't fly by too fast!

Back home at the end of the day. Now officially a kindergartener!

 He couldn't wait to squeeze his brother's cheeks when he got home! Needless to say, Sam's okay with John being away during the day.


dougandcheryl said...

Aww. congrats on being the mother of a kindergartener and that he is doing so well!
That last part made me laugh. I know it will be like that around here a year from now. When Abi gets home I'm sure she will immediately attack Maddy... for now she gets attacked all day long.

Kristina P. said...

He looks so grown up!

A New England Life said...

We had full day kindergarten here too and both of my girls loved it. It gave them someone to play with all day!

Glad to hear things went so well. Kindergarten seems like a lifetime ago in my house!

Donna said...

Cheryl, I know what you mean about the baby being "attacked" by the older sibling. Sometimes it's funny and sometimes I feel bad for him!

Sharon, that's one of the reasons why I think he's doing well in full-day school. He has a lot of fun with his new friends, whereas he gets bored and lonely more quickly at home (even with a younger brother to torture!).

Mrs4444 said...

Oh, my. That last shot is priceless~