Back to School

All Ready For School - Maddy ready and waiting
@maddysmommy (16236)
United States
September 2, 2008 1:31pm CST
My 6 yr old son was extra excited today about going back to school. He couldn't wait to see some of his Kindergarten friends as well as learning new things in 1st grade. We both had a hard time falling asleep last night, tossing and turning only to find an hour had gone by and we were still awake. His nose started to bleed for a short time and while I was attending to him, somehow I strained my neck and it wouldn't stop aching. He eventually fell asleep and I stayed up applying a heat pack while watching a movie. We did get up at 6.45am when the alarm went off and even though I felt tired, Maddy jumped out of bed eager to get ready for school. He got himself dressed, washed his face and brushed his teeth, while I made breakfast and his lunch. He didn't want cereal nor toast, just apples and mandarins with a cup of milk. I fixed his hair, took some pictures and then headed out to the bus stop at 7.50am. There were only 4 other kids waiting for the bus. I think the others were dropped off to school by their parents. I asked Maddy if he wanted me to meet him there when the bus arrived and he shrugged his shoulders and said "If I wanted to." I think that meant "No Mum, I'll be OK." He wouldn't give me a hug nor a kiss, so I waved him goodbye and off the bus went. It's now 2.27pm and I'm wondering how his day is going. I hope he tells me about it when he gets home in 35 minutes or so, as I remember this time last year, he was tired and all he said to me was "I can't remember." How was the first day back at school for your child/children? Thanks for your response.
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
2 Sep 08
My older son went into 3rd grade this year and he was excited to meet his friends....he had a fracture around a month and a half before school closed and the cast came off after school closed for the summer. So, he hadn't seen his friends for more than 3 months (if you don't count the days we took him for his exams...but then he couldn't talk to his friends because we carried him in and carried him out soon after his exam was done). So, he as pretty excited on first day of school and enjoyed himself...and liked his new class teacher. My younger one is too young to look forward to starting school (though he has started in the toddler group this year). His day went well too. Both of them had their first day of school 3 months back (Schools in India open in June).
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Oh how I wished his school started earlier than today. Two-three months of summer holidays is a long time to keep my son occupied and even though we both were excited for him, I was even more because I get to have some time to myself :)
@SViswan (12072)
• India
3 Sep 08
With one child, I enjoyed the holidays and we did lots of stuff together. But it's hard with both of them and it will be a while before I get time to myself when both go to school. My younger one is 21 months old and goes to the same place I work at...and I get drained trying to keep up with him once we get home. Lucky you....you get a breather for a few hours now that school has started. Even though I enjoyed the holidays with my older one, I remember being happy to have him at school when school reopened:)
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@cupid74 (11395)
• Pakistan
3 Sep 08
WOw what a narration u descibe it in a nice way well i cant comments as my son is just 3 now Take care
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Thanks cupid. He enjoyed his two days at school so far. I think it's going to be a good year for him :)
@cupid74 (11395)
• Pakistan
4 Sep 08
thats nice to know and wish him all the best for schooling Take care
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@patgalca (14236)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 08
My 12yo was excited last night too. When I checked in on her at 2am she said she couldn't sleep and hadn't slept yet. I asked her if she was excited and she said yes. I rubbed her back for a little while and then toddled off to bed. I don't know when she finally got to sleep but she was up early this morning. She misses seeing her friends over the summer even though she sees some of them in the neighbourhood, at soccer and birthday parties. I think she is also excited to be an Intermediate. Gosh, two more years and she will be graduating! My 15yo likes high school but has problems with another student. She was not looking forward to having to deal with her again. The girls is obsessed with her and copies everything she does from her hair style to the book bag she carries to the clothes she wears (when they don't have to wear their uniform). She will be home in about half an hour so we'll see how her day went then. 12yo won't be home for another hour.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
2 Sep 08
They sure grow up fast don't they. I'm wondering why that girl is so obsessed with your daughter? that sounds scarey to hear. Maddy had a great day and couldn't stop talking about it. I was surprised considering he didn't say anything last year. I think it's going to be a good year for him :) Thanks Pat.
@patgalca (14236)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Sep 08
Well, that girl had the exact same backpack as my daughter today. My daughter had that at the end of last year and this chick remembered. She didn't have a problem with this girl in grade school... just when they started high school. Both my girls had good days.
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@shana123 (2096)
• India
4 Sep 08
Well im not a parent still but still college going student , im still a kid to my parents and yes even my mom was really wanted to know about my first day at college i was really scared to move to a new place i dont know why im look very youn when compared to my age girls and guys.. i still look like a girl in the 10th grade so i feel very nervous to sit with people who are very tall and gigantically built.My voice was very feeble at the first day my mam asked my name and where i am put up i cant be loud she has to come to me and ask my name, i feel as like im the youngest of the whole 73 students.I got few friends to talk but in that only 2 i liked the most and with the teachers i dont find any difficulty as everybody are treating all the students alike.. and the first day wasnt that bad for me it was a good start though i was very frightened at the beginning.. and today i bunked my college as iam not feeling well :)
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Awww I hope it gets better for you shana and I bet there are others out there who are thinking the same thing too. Hang it there, it will get easier :)
@titagdl (136)
• Mexico
3 Sep 08
My son started school last week and yes, the night before was a circus to get him to bed early because on vacation he would stay up late. So the first thing was to get him to bed, which was very difficult but he did wake up on time. I got him ready for school, had some breakfast and took him to school. He was great, acted as usual,no problems,,,I was the one that was checking the clock every five minutes,wondering what he was doing, i even went to his school during recess to check upon him,but he was great. When i picked hin up he looked so happy and enjoyed his first day at school.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
I know how you feel with the checking of the clock every five minutes. That's how I felt when he first went to school last year. Then as soon as he got off the bus, I was excited to hear all about his day, but all he said was "i can't remember' LOL go figure. Thanks for sharing titagdl and glad that your son had a great week last week :)
@mummymo (23709)
3 Sep 08
i can just imagine how excited he was (and you) My kids have always loved school and Niamh at 7 is now in Primary 3 (we use Primary 1 -7 for children aged 5-11) and has even more enthusiasm ever year that goes by! Our first day back was a few weeks ago now and it went fine , both were very excited to get back to school although the eldest would never dream of admitting that - so not cool at 15! The second day though we ALL slept in and they were both late for school - guess who felt so bad at it! Hugs xxx
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
In NZ it is called Primary too. Maddy has enjoyed the past two days and hasn't stopped talking about it, especially yesterdays school day. I'm happy for him :) I get to have some time to myself now so am enjoying it so far. Hugs xxox
• Sweden
3 Sep 08
I dont have a children but i will amswer through me hehehe.My first day in school was good and excited,it is excited cause i will meet new people and other races,gets new friends again and also good cause i will met my old classmate before,Even i dont like much the swedish but still i am happy cause i can able to get a new friends from different country.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
That's good that you get to meet people from different cultures. My sons' school is very multicultural and they have a evening where children come dressed up in their national costumes and dance and sing songs.
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
3 Sep 08
i don't have a kid yet... so i don't know the feeling of sending my child the first time to school yet... but i can remember that i want my mum to stay with me on my first day of school... otherwise, i will cry... so my mum stay in class with me for a few days until i can be left by myself... take care and have a nice day...
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Hi lingli, I actually can't remember how I was when I first started school, I think I might have been a bit shy too. I was lucky though because I had a twin sister starting the same time as me, so we kept each other company.
@nengs10 (3189)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
It's so nice to hear children who are excited to go to school. I really appreciate that. I hope children would feel and do the same. Anyway, I have no kids yet. But way back, I also enjoyed schooling. I always looked forward to meet new friends and teachers.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Thats great nengs10. I never really enjoyed school, even though hanging out with my friends was fun LOL
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
3 Sep 08
The most I got out of my 8 year old on his first day of 3rd grade was a thumbs up. He got off of the bus and walked up the driveway. When I asked him how his day was I got a thumbs up. That was it. I tried to get more information out of him later, but he was just not giving me any.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Awww I know how you feel. Surprisingly enough my son has been quite talkative about his new class and friends.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
3 Sep 08
That's good. At least your child is excited to learn. I hope he enjoys school
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
3 Sep 08
Thanks magojordan :0) he's had a fun two days so far and surprisingly hasn't stopped talking about school.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
2 Sep 08
well, i imagine he will be tired as being at school all day makes for quite a long day. as for me, i heard from my 11 year old that she had a great day (she called me on her friends cell!) but as for my 15 year old, i havent heard from her yet, but she was told to be home by 4:30...so we will see.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
2 Sep 08
He did have a nice day today and was non-stop talking about it. I was surprised considering what he did last year. I think it's going to be a good year this year :)
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
2 Sep 08
My boys are older and the excitement is not there as much anymore. I was more excited thenm them as the break is much needed. My oldest was a bit scared cause he didnt know anyone in his class when i left him but i know he will be fine later.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
2 Sep 08
When we went to the open day last week, my son was a little upset to find that most of his 'best' friends (except one) were not going to be in his class this year. I told him that it is ok, it's time to make new ones, besides he will still see them at recess time (which he did today) :)
@gemini_rose (16193)
2 Sep 08
My two boys went back to school today, I think that I found it harder than they did. Six weeks with them at home is a long time and it was such a nice time I did not want it to end, but like all good things it did. They went off into their new classes without a care or worry in the world and it was just my daughter and I then until they came out again. They seemed to have had a good day and enjoyed their new teachers, so hopefully it will be the start to a good school year.
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@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Two-three months of Summer holidays was a long time for me to keep my son occupied. Even though we had lots to do, some days I was just worn out and didn't want to do anything. Now I get to spend a bit of time to myself during the day which is going to be nice for a bit. He was very excited when he got home and was non-stop talking about it. I was happy for him!
• United States
2 Sep 08
hey your a member of cafemom right? well the cafemom team made awesome groups for every school in America, so that you can keep up to date on school activities/events. also a great way to get to know other moms with kids at the same school. they also sweetened the deal and each group owner can get 20 or more active members by 9/30 they will awarded that group and it's school $100, and the whole group gets to decide what the money can be used for like, books, equipment, etc.... all you have to do is go to groups and on the right side of the page put in your zip-code, and it will bring up all schools in that area. then go to the introduction post, introduce yourself and you become an active member. to answer your post.... sadly i don't know how my son was on his first day of school, i didn't get to go nor see pictures. his dad has custody and isn't very communicative with me on his schooling, so i had to go over his head to call his teacher, and that's another reason these groups are so great. RJ did say he had fun on his first day and already had a few friends in his class from his daycare.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
2 Sep 08
Yes I am but haven't logged onto that site for quite sometime. I'll check it out, thanks floridachick. I'm glad that you are able to keep in touch with the school about his activities and progress. It's sad that his Dad doesn't let you know though, it isn't all that difficult to pass on information regarding your own children I would think. Thanks for your response floridachick.
• China
3 Sep 08
school time is so beautiful,
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