Why I LOVED the start of school

I know that many parents are anxious about their child starting school.  I’ve addressed that in previous posts as well as how to help a child who is anxious about going to school.  I began thinking about how I felt when my children started school: EXCITED, EAGER and HAPPY, and how my children felt about going to school: as far as I know they were EXCITED, EAGER, and HAPPY. And, even though it was a very LONG time ago, I can still remember how EXCITED, EAGER, and HAPPY I was when I started school.

So what did my mother do all those years ago to help me and my sister look forward to going to school with eager anticipation?  I know that I tried to copy her winning formula when it came time to send my own children to school. 

  • My mother had a matter-of-fact, upbeat and positive attitude about us going to school.  I never heard her say anything negative about the school or our teachers.  Children are so very sensitive to our emotions…if we are tense and anxious about something, they probably will be also.
  • We went to a neighborhood school, so we knew many of the children in our classes.  Try to make sure that your child has visited the school before the first day…you can also try to connect with other parents of his classmates and arrange playdates so that your child will feel more comfortable with the other children.
  • We got a new pair of SCHOOL shoes and a new outfit to wear on the first day.  And, when we got home from school each day, we took off our school clothes and put on play clothes.  Somehow, that made “school” a very special place.  Encourage your child to lay out his clothes the night before each school day…this will help lessen the last-minute rush in the morning.
  • My mother encouraged us to bring friends home after school (she was a stay-at-home mom…as were most moms in those days).  Whether you have a career or not, try to set aside some time, perhaps on the weekend, to enable your child to get together with some of her classmates.  Maybe you can form a group with several parents and alternate having a little monthly party to celebrate one of the children’s birthdays, a holiday or whatever you wish.
  • She loved hearing about our day at school…she was a great listener…what we did was important to her and she was happy to help us with homework or studying.  In the early grades, I can remember sitting at the kitchen table and having her help me cut and glue magazine pictures.  When I was in high school (and even in my college years), I can remember sitting on the floor at her feet, pad of paper and pen in hand, asking her, “Mom, how can I start this paper?”…and she would throw out several ideas and off I would go, scribbling like a maniac.  Often, I would wind up changing the beginning that she had suggested, but her encouragement and willingness to help gave me the courage to trust my own inspiration and creativity.  Try to be there for your child…always be ready to listen.
  • As the school year progressed, my parents attended as many school functions as they could, whether it was a meeting with the teacher or a play we were in.  This showed me that what happened at school was important to my parents, and therefore, to me.  Do your best to fit school functions into your schedule…if you are not able to attend an event, make sure there is someone else there to represent you so that your child doesn’t feel you don’t care…because then he might not either.

So why did I love the start of school: I believed my parents loved it also, I had new clothes and new shiny shoes, I was going to spend the day with friends, I knew my parents loved me, and I felt that school (and learning) was IMPORTANT.  When my children were ready to attend school, I tried to recreate what my mother had done for me.  And I hope that my children will do the same for their children.

    About viviankirkfield

    Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SHOW ME HOW! BUILD YOUR CHILD'S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING. freelance writer, picture book junkie, love to travel, hike, cook, play Monopoly with my 5-year old grandson and go fly-fishing with my husband.

    Posted on September 6, 2010, in 1st day of school, children, families, kids, parenting, school anxieties, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

    1. My young son is transitioning this coming week from the infant room to the toddler room downstairs. New friends, new teachers, new environment, new toys… We are also excited, eager and happy! And a little nervous, too. But we’re very happy with his preschool/nursery and know that he will be well cared for and that it will be a very positive experience for all of us, especially the potty training they will begin!


    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    Pattern Me Mommy

    My journey from Type A know-it-all to MOMMY! by Anna Redding

    MIMI of the PEN

    PB author, poet, writing for kids

    Friendly Fairy Tales

    Fairy Tales and Poetry Celebrating Magic and Nature for Kids of all Ages

    Frog On A Blog

    The Blog Of Children's Picture Book Author Lauri Fortino and Her Friend Finley

    Stacy S. Jensen

    Writing My Way Through Life

    Reading With Rhythm

    book reviews from Rhythm the Library Dog

    Nerdy Book Club

    A community of readers

    Nerdy Chicks Write

    Get it Write this Summer!

    Laura Sassi Tales

    Celebrating writing, reading, and life.


    This WordPress.com site is the cat’s pajamas

    Angie Karcher

    Writing Children's Books

    Chapter Book Chat

    A Writer Reviews Children's Chapter Books

    The Blabbermouth Blog

    Literary Agent Linda Epstein's Yakkety Yakking

    The Waiting

    Turns out, it's not the hardest part.


    A blog by Mike Allegra, a friendly children's book author.

    Christopher Cheng

    It's all about the books

    Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

    THE Go To place to - Meet Indie Authors and their books, find writing & editing advice, book promos and MORE!!! FEEL FREE TO REBLOG AND USE THE BUTTONS UNDER THE POSTS TO SHARE THEM WITH YOUR TWITTER FRIENDS AND YOUR ONLINE GROUPS IN FACEBOOK, LINKEDIN & GOOGLE+

    Tina's Tidbits

    A Writer, Teacher, and Mother's Heart

    For Writing Better Rhyme and Meter

    Into the Woods We Go

    Sherry Garland, Children's Author

    Sub It Club

    You've written it. You've revised it. You've edited it. Now it's time to QUERY.

    Making Multicultural Music

    Sharing Diversity Through The Arts


    Practical tips to help your writing dreams come true...

    Alayne Kay Christian

    Children's Author & Life Coach - Writer's Whole Life Perspective

    Can of Bookworms

    Nessa Morris (mom to aliens, librarian to the visually impaired, and kidlit writer)


    Blogging, Guest Blogging and RSS Book News

    The Picture Book Review

    Picture book reviews, reviews of books with pictures, and pictures of books!

    Picture Book Month

    International Literacy Initiative Celebrating the Print Picture Book in November

    Book Wisdom by Diane

    Powered By a Child's Imagination and a Parent's Participation


    a blog by a multilingual expat-since-birth, mum of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about multilingualism, multiculturalism, Third Culture Kids (and Adults), parenting and expat life

    Global Mysteries

    Travel the world in mystery novels

    Krafty Ellen writes

    Home of Kathy Ellen (entire first name) Davis, self appointed Happiness Ambassador and fan of creating anything and everything.

    Beth Thaler

    Picture Book Author & Freelance Writer

    The True Power of Parenting

    Emotional Intelligence for a Bright and Successful Future

    Kid Lit Dish

    Kim's Magical Journey Into the World of Children's Picture Books


    Rest, Relax and Enjoy


    Roaming, at home and abroad

    Francine In Retirement

    Seeing Life Through Photography


    Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. (Alexander Pope).

    50 Year Project

    My challenge to visit 192 countries, read 1,001 books, and watch the top 100 movies


    Everything crafty


    Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

    Join 2,304 other followers

    %d bloggers like this: