Kindergarten - First Day!

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My daughter started kindergarten this Monday and this is the first time when all of my kids are in school. I've always had one child at home to take care but now it feels strange. Really strange. After I dropped off my kids and returned home, I looked around and, well, the first thing I felt was the utter silence in the house. Suddenly I remember my mom who spoke about the emptiness and quietness in the house when we all moved out. 

Several weeks ago, my little girl asked what I would do at home and if I'd go back to work. I asked her if she wanted me to go back to work and her response was yes because she didn't want me to be lonely. On the first day of school, I stayed in her classroom for about 10 minutes and I could tell she was scared and wanted to cry but she's tough cookie, she was holding back her tears. When I told her I was leaving soon, she looked horrified. I thought to myself, oh no, here comes the tears but right then, one of her classmates bursted into tears. He asked for his mommy and wanted his mommy. The teacher assistant quickly walked over to the little boy and tried to calm him down. I looked at my daughter and she looked right back at me and smiled. I felt so relieved because I thought she was going to cry along with the boy. On the second day of school, she did fine too. I'm so relieved that all went well. 

Did you cry on your first day of school? 

22 comments:

Ummie said...

Your daughter is a girl with strong character.
First week of kindergarten here is normally chaotic for teachers and parents too.
The cryings can go for weeks too.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Oh boy... on the 1st day of kindy, I cried... not because my mum is leaving me alone there... but I cried cos I can't draw the sun on a drawing paper :P

First day at primary school, didn't realised my dad left me at school cos I was too busy making friends in the classroom.

I'm proud to read that your girl copes well at school! :)

Buckeroomama said...

Awww, what a little trooper! I wonder if Z will cry...

My mom told me that when she took me to kindergarten that first day, I actually turned around and told her to go, but to remember to go back and pick me up afterwards when it's time to go home. =)

Divine said...

I almost did! I still can remember how my mom transferred from my older sister's room to my room just to check on both of us on our first day of school. I see her looking by the window to give me a sign that she's going back to see my sister. And I remember this little boy who wants me to cry saying, "Look! you're mom is leaving! You can cry now with them." But I didn't...

My little boy did! On his first day of school until about a three months after, I was with him inside the room or else he wont come to school! He was 4years old then.

Priscilla said...

Oh dear.. I just hate first days. When they cry, you just feel like an awful mother abandoning them at a strange place!! I'm gonna have to put my youngest in playschool soon too, and it will also be quiet at home. I think that's why I'm stalling!
Anyway, it's good to hear that your daughter is so brave and independent! Well done!

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

Aww, isn't she sweeeeet to worry about her mom getting lonely? She's so understanding and thoughtful for a 5-year-old.

My son didn't cry at all coz he was too busy playing to feel scared. I was a bit worried initially (He was only 2+) but now I'm just happy that he enjoys nursery so much!

I don't remember anything of my first day in kindergarden, but I could remember my first day in primary 1 very clearly until now.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I did not cry on the first day... I cried on each of the remaining 179. And hung off of the door knob. Please hope for my sake that there is no karmic retribution coming my way in less than two weeks!

It's so sweet that she's concerned about you being lonely.

Ebie said...

First day of school is always so difficult, but they get adjusted so quickly! Its been a while, but I could remember I was a brave kid on my first day of class.

Veronica Lee said...

My elder one did but my younger son was okay.

Your daughter was really sweet. Hugs for her.

Have a nice day, Rosebelle!

Gina F said...

I don't remember if I cry on the first day of school in Kindergarden. I will tell you that I cried when my kids started Kindergarden though! I had tissues and I was crying as I was walking out the school and to the car. :o(

At least your little girl is so brave and strong. My kids did fine and didn't cry but mommy did. haha!!

Mei Teng said...

Now you have some alone time when the kids are away at school.

Suzanne said...

In 2 weeks my littlest (of 3) will go to kindergarten, but I feel like I had an opportunity to ease into it with half days for pre-school this past year.

What was hard was when she didn't want me to walk her to her "cubby" a few times. Breaks your heart...

Gratitude said...

I think that after getting over the initial feeling of emptiness in the house, you must hv had a sense of relief to be able to sit down with a cuppa and enjoy the quiet time. ;) Juz kidding ya.

I wuz a perky lil kid, and i remembered enjoying my 1st day in school with new clothes, a nice bag, new water bottle, new tupperware and many new friends. It was a joy! Even told my mom told leave me alone to play with my friends lolz
+Ant+

Alicia said...

Awww! What a big girl! I'm sure you feel so relieved now!! And I can imagine how quiet it is in your house!!

slavemom said...

I don't rmbr abt myself but I'm vy thankful my kids made it ez for me on their 1st days of sch.
Wat a brave girl u hv there. She's gonna do real fine in kindergarten.

Icy BC said...

Oh I remember the feelings well..I couldn't decide what to do first..

Hope your daughter has a great year in Kindergarten!

foongpc said...

Good to know that your daughter managed to pass her first day in kindergarten!! : )

KidsDreamWork said...

That is so brave of your girl! It took my elder boy almost a month to stop crying! I hope my younger son will be as tough as your little girl! And how thoughtful she is to ask you to go back to work, she really loves you as she don't want you to feel lonely at home! Sweet little girl.

Hazel said...

Happy schooling, long way to go

levian said...

i didn't,
but i remembered crying when everyone else was picked up after school,
n i was the last.
only during secondary school that dad revealed that
he was actually hiding to see my reaction. noooo! XD

Sommer J said...

Your daughter is so sweet to want you to go to work so that you will not be lonely!

She really is a tough girl. I think I cried for my mother everyday. I feel bad now in retrospect! I can not imagine how it will feel like to have all three of my lil ones in school!

Wendy said...

I may cry on Monday when my precious little baby starts Kindergarten too! There's something about the little baby of the family - knowing that this is the last time you'll celebrate this particular milestone - I just want to slow time!! Do you feel like that?