Today was Mak’s first day of grade one. We chose not to put him into the kindergarten program in public school because they do not have full day kindergarten yet. And he would have had to go to the daycare in the afternoon anyway, so we just left him in the daycare for the kindergarten program.
So this was his very first day of public school.
He was one of 6 new kids to the school. Everyone else has been attending since kindergarten.
Maks didn’t wake up super early this morning, like I thought he would, but he did lay out his clothes the night before. He was up a little before he would normally get up and he changed without me asking him to change. He even rolled up his jeans without me asking him to.
Even though he was excited, he was also really nervous. He needed a lot of reassuring that the day would be OK. He was excited about taking the bus but he wasn’t very excited about going to school itself. He was scared because he didn’t know anyone at this school, he was worried that the older kids would be mean, he was concerned that French would be too hard.
He thought that he was not ready for grade one.
But he got dressed this morning and waited in line for the bus. As different buses drove past, he got nervous because he knew that his bus would be coming up soon. When his bus pulled up, he climbed up and sat by the window, right behind the driver. He looked out the window at us once but other than that he looked the opposite way.
Then the bus pulled away.
And I followed the bus in my car.
I pulled up to the school before the bus got there. So I parked up and waited for the bus by the front doors. I really thought that I would be one of the few parents to do this but I wasn’t. There were a good number of parents that had done the same thing that I did. I saw when Maks bus pulled up and I waited for him to walk out.
Last night we decided that I would not walk up to him unless he wanted me to. If he wanted some company, I would walk with him but if he wanted to walk on his own he could. He walked about half way on his own, and then he stopped and walked with me. He held my hand and we went in search for his class.
We found his teacher and I waited with him until it was time for him to go into his class. I followed the line as he walked in and then I went into work.
I may have cried a bit as I walked away but I don’t remember that part too well.
After school Maks said he had a good and bad day.
It was good because he got to do some science and he really likes science.
It was bad because some big kids picked on him at recess. They called him a nerd and didn’t want to play with him. I know that it is just the first day and that the kids will probably end up being friends by the end of the week but I am still going to say something if it happens again.
Overall, Maks first day was very emotional.
I hope his second day is filled with more good than bad.