Wednesday, July 29, 2009

First Day of School

A little boy I knew was about to start school for the first time. His family did everything they could to prepare him for the experience. They got him new clothes and a lunch box, drove him past the building and showed him where his classroom would be, and read him lots of picture books about the first day of school.
He was definitely ready and had a wonderful first day with absolutely no tears or anxiety.
But the second day of school was a different story.
Nobody had explained to the child that if there was a first day there would also be a second day and many more to follow. When he discovered he needed to go back to school again and would have to keep on returning for years to come, he wasn't happy. He did manage the second and subsequent days without major problems, but perhaps it would have been easier if he had understood that the first day was only one of many.
In many areas the school year will be starting soon, so it might be a good idea to be sure any kids about to attend for the first time understand this is only the beginning of being a "big kid."

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