CHLOE’S FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL
So most of you know (some of you don’t) but Chloe had her first day of school today. If you follow me on Snapchat (happymumnz) you will have seen a lot of this happen. I don’t ever Snap other people’s kids though – that’s one of my things: never other people’s kids unless the parent gives me permission.
Last night I didn’t sleep: I was a ball of nerves and couldn’t calm my brain down. Of course, this morning, I didn’t let on to Chloe that I felt that way, but I was SO nervous I couldn’t eat.
Chloe on the other hand, was freaking excited!
8.30am rolled around, and as a family, we all (Phil, Ronan, Chloe and I) went to the Powhiri at the school; it was pretty amazing.
For Chloe, I would imagine, it was very full on, and possibly overwhelming. She had to sit apart from us for a while, and she did really really well.
After the Powhiri, her teacher led her, and the other new entrants, to their class.
Because of the overwhelmingness that was the Powhiri, the classroom ended up being a bit of a safe haven for the new kids: and I think they all relaxed a bit.
Suddenly they were with friends, and some familiar faces. When we went to leave, Chloe hardly protested at all. In fact a few of the children were exactly the same, much to their parents surprise.
What you might not know is that two of Chloe’s close friends from Kindergarten BOTH started at the same school today, and were in the SAME class as her. So for her (and I’m sure for them) that was incredibly reassuring.
Another thing that worked in Chloe’s favour (and the others) was that she had already had a few interactions with the teacher when she had her School visits. She LOVES her teacher and feels very comfortable with her.
When we went to pick her up, Chloe didn’t yell, or scream; she simply got excited and couldn’t wait to see us and tell us about her day.
I realise that every day is different, and tomorrow might be completely different; but today was a huge success; and that was all we could ask for.
The hardest part of the day was actually getting Ronan to leave the classroom – he REALLY didn’t want to leave …
Thank you ALL for your kind words on Snapchat, and through private messages. I might not be able to get back to you all but I want you to know that I will forever be grateful.