In the next couple of weeks millions of children will be headed off to school for the very first time. Some are going to preschool, others to kindergarten. You can bet there are also millions of parents left standing weakly by the front door watching their child climb onto that big yellow bus with tears in their eyes wondering, "What happened to my baby?"
With each new step our little ones move further and further away from the helpless little bundles we proudly brought home from the hospital in brand-new car safety seats. Our own mothers and grandmothers told us to enjoy the early years, because they fly by too soon. How right they were!
Our members are sharing their bittersweet moments with us in the Strictly Kindergarten and Preschool and Elementary Education message boards as they contemplate the changes that the classroom brings to their children. Learning and growing are all part of childhood development, and while our hearts are torn as our "babies" leave home to enter the classroom, we also rejoice at their pride of accomplishment as they step out on their own for the first time.
Here's what parents had to say:
I came up with an idea to help me cope with sending off my little one. I'm making him a kindergarten care package. In it I've included all the basics socks, underwear, crayons, markers, fishy crackers, etc. I've also included some extras like stickers with his name, two folders he saw and liked, and new pajamas. Although these are all things he would have got before school started It's more fun to surprise him. Doing this has helped me feel a little less heart broken and a little more excited about sending him off to kindergarten.
- mooandme (Web)
I've been planning a little party for the night before his first day with a cake and some neat little school supplies wrapped up, plus a funny little key chain for his backpack with his favorite Nickelodeon show character. He's already excited for school, hopefully that enthusiasm with stick around for the next 12 years and beyond!
-- wilkins5 (Web)
We are getting excited over here! Brad starts school in 11 days. We've bought his lunchbox and a couple of new outfits, but still have to get the rest of the supplies. He found out his teacher's name last week. Next week he has a kindergarten screening and a picnic orientation where we get to see his classroom, meet his teacher and sign up for classroom jobs. I'm sure that after that, we will be even more excited than we are now.
I sent my baby off to kindergarten this morning. He was so excited! Jumped right out of bed, wolfed down his breakfast, brushed his teeth, and was dressed and waiting outside by the car 30 minutes before we were ready to leave! Once we got to school, he tolerated me taking a few pictures of him, and then off to his classroom he went. I can't believe how easy this was compared to pre-k last year. He's really growing up.
- Miknlaura (AOL)
If your world is changing because your "baby" is headed off to school, take heed; she'll be back at the end of the day, eager to share her newfound world of teachers, numbers, letters and friendships.