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MY OLDEST ENTERING PRESCHOOL THE START OF A SCHOOL EXPER I ENCE
age. My parents actually enrolled me in a preschool program very similar to the one Gavin is starting, but I was only in it for about a week before they pulled me out. At that age, I usually spent the entire day with my mom after she helped my older sister get ready for school and sent her off. We had our own schedule throughout the day, and I loved spending so much time with her. However, when my parents told me that I was going to be starting school, my younger self was determined not to. From day one, I absolutely hated preschool. I cried all day every day I was there. It got so bad that, at the end of that first week, I would fight my dad when getting in the car, and sometimes I would go to the top of our stairs at home and cling to the banister, knowing they couldn’t pull me away from it. Finally, my parents decided to pull me out of the program, and I stayed home with my mom for another year. The funny thing was that the next year when I went into kindergarten, I loved it. Looking back, I don’t think I was as ready or nearly as excited as Gavin to go to school for the first time. While I might not have had the best time in my preschool program, I know that Gavin will have the best school experience. I’m excited for him to engage in school, and I can’t wait to watch him learn and grow.
This year, my oldest son, Gavin, is going to be entering school for the first time in his life. He turned 3 in December, so he’ll be 3 1/2 when he joins the preschool program this fall. I definitely think that he’ll be one of those kids who runs off before giving me a hug on his first day; he’s very, very excited for school to start. Back in January, we went to a two-hour open house at the school, and Gavin had the best time there. Many of you may know that an open house is typically a time where families come in and visit with the teachers to get an idea about how the classes will go. We ended up staying for the full two hours because Gavin was playing in their play area, eating pizza with the other kids, and making friends with everyone. All he’s been saying since is that he can’t wait to go back to school to see all his friends again. It’s the cutest thing ever, and I’m very excited for him. Before we went to the open house, I’ll admit I was a little apprehensive about him going off to school. But after seeing how interested he was and how he got along with the other kids and teachers, it’s helped me a lot. I know Gavin will do great in school, and, even though I might have a harder time when the day comes to see him off, right now I can’t wait for this next step in his life. Seeing Gavin so excited for school is a stark contrast to how I was when I was his
With the start of the new school year just around the corner, I want my marketing coordinator, Melissa Gabrano, whose oldest son is starting school this year, to write about this exciting and often nerve-wracking experience. I also want to encourage my readers to take the opportunity to enjoy what’s left of summer break with their families. Preparing your child for the new school year, or their very first school year, can be stressful, and taking a small break before it starts is a great way to refresh. Whether you’re planning a small vacation, camping trip, or even a last summer bike ride around the neighborhood, I hope all of you have a wonderful month.
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