Do you remember your first day at school?

United States
January 21, 2007 8:30pm CST
I remember my first day at school even though it was 48 years ago!! My mom and dad both went with me that first day of school. As soon as we found my class and went in my dad (being an Army man and wanting me to be tough) told me to go find a desk. I went to find a desk but never took my eyes off of my mom. The teacher, Ms. Law gave me a picture and some colors. I saw my mom and dad walk out of the room and jumped up running down the hall crying for my mom. She stayed with me most of the day. The teacher pulled her a desk by the door thinking that I would get interested in the activities but as soon as mom would sneak out I would run down the hall screaming for her again. I think she finally gave up and stayed that whole day with me. The next day was better and I did let her leave after about an hour. Luckily none of my children were this bad on their first day of school.
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@muralimn (534)
• United Arab Emirates
22 Jan 07
Yes, I still remember my first day at school. It happened 25 years back. Actually we moved to a new city in mumbai and my dad got admission for me in a reall big school. My school was nearly 15-20 min walkable distance. I was put in 1st std and my mom was with me on the first day. She thought she will come and pick me in the evening since the environment was new for me and i did not even know the roads completely. But in the evening i waited for my mom for some time and then started on my own. I just walked the same way i came to school. I reached home and seeing me my mom was so exicited and shocked. I managed to reach home safely on the first day itself. Still I remember my first day at school. It was really wonderful. Seems like just happened yesterday. Thanks for refreshing my nostalgia. :)
• United States
22 Jan 07
You are most welcome. I am glad you had a good experience on your first day and so brave to walk all the way home by yourself.
@shywolf (4519)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Aw! It was really sweet of your mother to stay with you on your first day. I'm glad that you were able to let go more after that. It can be so hard being away from our parents for the first time :/ I don't actually remember my very first day at school. Unfortunately, the bad memories stick with us more than the good, especially when we're talking about trying to remember back that far, and the two main memories I have from kindergarten aren't positive. One was being chased around the classroom by two bullies who had pins (not pens, pins) and were trying to stick me with them. I don't know where they got the pins. The other was being slapped (I know, in this day and age she probably would have been fired) by the teacher one day just because I was alittle late cleaning up my area when we were doing art because I was so into it. (I loved art when I was a kid, I used to draw a lot) I still don't undersatnd that, either, because I was always a good kid, never was loud or got in trouble, in fact I was shy, so it was really weird that she got so angry with me for one little thing. I also remember one other thing, and that was that I had already learned to read well before kindergarten because I loved reading after my parents started reading to me, so the lessons about learning the alphabet were all really old hat to me and boring. I remember just kind of waiting for that part to be over with. LOL ^_^
• United States
22 Jan 07
That is really awful that you were slapped by your teacher. You are so right. She would have been fired if this happened today. It is a shame that teachers who are suppose to make school a positive experience sometimes make it such a negative one for some. I know we have some really great teachers but always those few again who give it a bad wrap. It is great that you could read before kindergarten. My son was the same way. My mother-in-law was a teacher years before and when she started keeping my children while I worked she read to them constantly and worked with my youngest who was not in school then. He was reading 7th grade level by the time he was in the 3rd grade and it was all due to her dilgence in teaching him and reading to him. He still loves to read today and he is 25 years old. That is okay about the junk. I think they took the system down for upgrade probably about the time you sent this. Thanks for responding.
• India
22 Jan 07
yes i still remember my first day at school. i did not understand where i was heading to with my mom. but when the time came wherein she had to leave me and my teacher was taking me inside i started crying and made alot of fuss. finally they had to allow my mom to come in with me and be beside me till the school ended. this continued for a few days when finally i was ok to be without my mommy,that is,after i made a few friends of my age
• United States
22 Jan 07
I am glad to know that I was not the only one who threw a fit when my mother left. I think probably back then there were more of us who had stay-at-home moms and it made it harder for us to have our mothers leave us.
@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Yes, I do remember. Unfortunately I don't remember it for a good reason and it was a little similar to your experience. I didn't go to kindergarten. My first day of school was the first day of first grade. There was a little girl there who couldn't stop crying when her mother left. I was feeling the same but I didn't cry. The teacher locked the little girl in a cloakroom for crying and I could hear her in the background still crying. We did little pages of ones and the teacher gave us little paper stars at the top of the pages. In my haste to get out of there, I lost my little page. My mother noticed the other little kids handing their pages to their mothers after school and asked where mine was. I forget what I told her but I was TERIIFIED that she'd go to that teacher and I'd get locked in that cloakroom the next day for losing my little page of ones. It didn't happen and we moved shortly after. I was sent to a new, very nice school that I loved but I never forgot that first day.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
What a horrible first day. I can't believe the teacher locked the little girl in the cloakroom. I wonder if the little girl told her parents and if the teacher was confronted for doing that. At least you left shortly after and went to a better school. Thanks for responding.
@smints8985 (1594)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I remember it quite clearly, that's because something unfortunate happened to me that day. First day as a nursery student. My mom along with my nanny sent me to school, they stayed outside along with the other parents and guardians that sent their children in for the first day of school. When everybody was inside the classroom, the teacher told the parents that they would have to wait outside and she closed the door. As she closed the door, children started crying and screaming for their mom and dad, then just like chain reaction, they started crying one by one until teh whole room was filled with crying children. The teacher decided to turn off the light and played the piano (lullaby) maybe with the intention to calm everybody down. But of course they never stopped, they were going all over the place screaming for their parents, so there was riot inside the classroom, I believe i was just standing where I was not knowing what to do when somebody bumped into me causing me to back up and and to maintain my balance I had to hold on to the table, but as I laid my hand on the table, it was wet and sticky! Figures, it was vomit. Somebody puked maybe because of crying too hard! By then, I started to cry! ahaha! Cause it was gross...
• United States
22 Jan 07
I think your first day was much more terrifying than mine. I can understand why everyone was crying. Gross is right!!! I would have hated to find my hand in someone elses vomit!! That is enough to make anyone cry.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Haha yes I remember my first day of school like it was yesterday. I remember standing at the bus stop with my mom and dad. I lived in Dallas, Texas at the time and it such a hot day. The bus was really late for some reason. I remember being really scared, but my dad told me it would be alright. The bus driver came and I waved good bye to them. It was a really weird feeling. I think my parents may even have video taped it lol. Good times.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Isn't it funny how it seems like it was yesterday. I too remember being scared that I would never find my parents or home again.
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• India
22 Jan 07
why u scread from that school where u have to spend such long time su hav to gracefully accept it that u hav to go to the school
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I was scared because I had never been left with anyone. My mother stayed home with us and since we were in the Army I had never had relatives close by to stay with. It was just part of being a child. Once I realized that I would go home at the end of the day I was fine.
@Zhanec (1651)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 07
yes,i do.The memory is still fresh in mind.AS if it just happened.haha.My 1st day of school was really fun.That particular day was really enjoyable because i meet alot of good friends there.Though many of the newcomer are crybabies..haha.i never shed a tear.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Good for you! Thanks for responding.
• Australia
23 Jan 07
Yeah I remember it. Even before I was supposed to start my kindergarten, I was always asking my mom when I can go to school, because my friend are a year older than me, so they are already started school. because of it, my mom let me go to school with them, just to see what its about and wether I enjoy it. turns out that I enjoy it very much, I got heaps of friends, my mom just wait there in front of the class and left me after a while. When it really is my time to really enrolled and go to school, I was soooo excited I couldnt wait. Unfortunately, I wasnt that eager on studying as I reached my teenage years hehehe
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes, somehow the excitment wears off when we realized that we had to do class work and homework. Thanks for responding.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Yes I do my first day of school was awful I cryed all day ,then to make it worst I got sick on the bus on the way home from school and had to miss the next couple of days from school and when I went back to school it was like the first day all over again, and for everyone else they were use to school by then .....
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• United States
23 Jan 07
That was no fun....I wouldn't have wanted to to start that first day all over again! Thanks for responding.
@gbspew (455)
• Bulgaria
23 Jan 07
Yes, I remember it very clearly. I was crying and there were so many strange kids and people around me.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
Everything was strange...lol Thanks for responding.
@emarie (5447)
• United States
23 Jan 07
i remember going to pre-school and crying running after my dad. did this for a few weeks. one time it was raining and the teach was holding me back. i was so terrified because i was so shy and i had been at home with my dad for so long. i was always so happy when my dad picked me up again. i didn't have much friends (at least not that much) and didn't like it all that much. i also remember being teased by boys...how normal and using the bathroom in groups. thats about it. but i'm starting to dread my kids going to school for the first time. i don't know who's going to take it worse, me or them, since they're so happy when they leave me, espeically if there are other kids there.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
For me it was harder on me. I only had one that cried and that was my last child, but only for a couple of days.
@sahyd2don (2946)
• India
22 Jan 07
you have a good memory.You remember your first day of school even after 48 years great.I don't remember any thing.I don't even remember what happend on the last day of my school.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Like someone else said, we tend to remember the bad things more than the good ones.
@calico79 (173)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I remember my mom took me to school that day. I was so excited. I think my kindergarten teacher had it out for me though. My parents got one of those supply lists from the school and went out and bought everything on it. When we got home, mom wrote my name on all my items and we found that the purple crayon in the crayon box was broken. Mom said it didn't matter, i could use the crayon anyway. When I got to school that day the teacher made us pool all our crayons into a container that sat in the middle of our assigned tables. Later while coloring I happened to grab my broken purple crayon. The teacher saw me coloring and said out loud, "You broke the crayon". I tried to explain and she grabbed me by the arm and took me across the room and made me sit in the corner. I didn't even do anything!
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I don't think she should have been teaching. If she didn't see you break it how could she accuse you of it. Colors break very easily anyway. Oh well, the experiences we have had with teachers is even another topic.
• Singapore
22 Jan 07
This is interesting story, really touch me. This also remember me when i first time at primary school. It was 15 years ago. That's very nice when the first time i knew school, i met with a lot of friend. If i have chance to feel back , i would like to do it.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I am glad you had a good experience with your first day.
@jmdace (19)
• India
22 Jan 07
Actually i dont remember my first day at school that well but i remember a small incident that took place on that day - when i entered the classroom i found that everyone was crying for their parents except me because my parents had sent me prepared for it n during the incident while others were eating their tiffins i just kept staring at them without bothering bout mine.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
That was very smart of your parents to prepare you for this.
@sigma77 (5384)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I can't recall my first day at school. But I can remeber a few things about kindergarten. This was the only preschool in the those days. It was 1955, I think. I can recall the small schoolhouse and that they were adding a wing onto it. I went to a Catholic grade school and have many memories of the nuns. If they could do today what they did back then, they would be crucified by the public along the streets. But it was tough discipline, something lacking in today's environment.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
Yes I have heard that the nuns could be very tough, but you are right we lack this dicipline today and I think it has made an impact on how children cope with life compared to years ago.
@abbey992 (19)
• Egypt
22 Jan 07
Well I can't remember the first day , but I can tell you about my first day in school in the US. I was 13, did not know any English, I was too afraid to interact with other kids, sat alone in lunch tables. Impatient teachers, it was a horrible experience!
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• United States
22 Jan 07
That can be really hard. I can relate to the language barrier because when we were stationed in Germany we went out to the local shops a lot. I found it very frustrating to try to communicate with them and I am sure they felt the same way. Eventually we learned enough of the language to manage out on the economy.
• Pakistan
22 Jan 07
LOL, I remember my first day of school very well. I went with my parents and to me it was just like dressing up in some strange costume (Uniform) and to visit an amusent park(School) where we get to play with clay. But then when my parents left, I cried like hell for like half an hour and I was sure glad to be back home but yeah to be honest, My parents had one hell of a job trying to convince me to go to school the next day.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
I bet they did!! How dare them to trick us that way and make us believe we are going to some amusement park!!!lol
• Germany
22 Jan 07
it was raining that day. My aunt took me to school and left me with a horid looking old lady. She wasn't very nice, in fact she's been on my case the whole day, go to the corner, stand at the back of the room etc. The day ended with me taking a bite at her hand and running back home. I was transfered to a different school after that.
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• United States
22 Jan 07
That was a horrible day all around including the weather and a mean old teacher! I probably would have tried to bite her too.
@rurita (212)
• Indonesia
22 Jan 07
i cry hahahaha.. my first time at school i was crying, i scare to be far from my mom, i cry very loud and my teacher is confuse to handle it, they try to strain me to stop crying. its been almost 2 week i cry every day, if my mom leave me in school. if i think it now, it make me laugh :P
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• United States
22 Jan 07
It is funny now but sure was not back then!