Friday, August 22, 2008

Emma's First Day of Kindergarten

The goal was that I would finish graduate school by the time Emma started kindergarten. We met that goal with about two weeks to spare. Needless to say, both Emma and I are very excited - me, being done, and Emma just getting started.

Monday evening was an open-house: she got to see her table, get her picture taken by the teacher, say hi to the teacher, and meet some friends. Oh, and play on the playground.

The First Day! Emma was just as excited at the new outfit she got to wear as she was going to school.
Showin' off the cool backpack!

Here we are at the school, waiting outside with the other kids to go in for the first day.

A proud Dad and Mom trying not to be teary-eyed!

Emma at her new locker - Momma's helping her get the stuff arranged.

I got a little nervous when our little Emma raised her hand prior to the story. What could she possibly have to say? Mrs. Hathaway kept talking, and Emma kept her hand up. Finally, the teacher asks her student what she wants to say: "When I was in preschool, I loved recess." Which is followed by a half-dozen other kids affirming that recess was also their favorite in preschool. Eventually the teacher gets the class quiet so that she can do her story.
Following the story, Emma raises her hand again. She is being polite, but again, what could she have to say? Mrs. Hathaway keeps talking, Emma keeps her hand up. Finally Mrs. Hathaway acknowledges the stiff, upright arm: "Yes Miss Emma?" "I already heard that story." Which is again followed by most of the class clamoroing that they also have also heard the class. Not too embarassing for the first day. :)

Doing her first homework assignment in class.

Hug number seven of the morning...goodbye Emma! Enjoy Kindergarten!

Yes Mom, I'm okay. You can leave now. Go. Stop crying! Leave!

It is kind of neat that Tara can check in on our big little kindergartner during lunch! Cheese pizza - life is good at school.

1 comment:

Kratz said...

So one Hallman leaves school (congratulations!), and another enters for at least another 19 years! I remember meeting my K5 teacher for the first time, she asked me questions, and I didn't answer because I was so shy. I was probably thinking to myself, "where is the sandbox?". Doesn't sound like Emma has issues with being shy!