A child’s account of a first day at school

Mums always have a way of making the smallest things sound exciting.

This is what my mum was trying to do when I was in the bath last night. “Tomorrow,” she said in her all knowing voice. “You are going to be starting school with all the other big boys and girls. ” Now to most children it must sound like all their dreams have come true. I mean to be in the same place as the big kids as they are playing games and running around. In the past I have only been able to watch them and now to be able to be play with them. That night as I went to sleep I started thinking of what lay before me in the morning.

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When I woke up the next morning I went into the living room as normal, only to find my breakfast ready for me on the small table in the middle of the room and a strange set of clothes on the back of the chair. I asked my mum “What are the set of clothes for? ” She replied “Those clothes are your school uniform for today. ” “Today? ” I thought to myself, and then I remembered this was to be my first day of school and I was not looking forward to it. Most children go to a nursery or a pre-school before this day is put upon them. My mum has always wanted me to be with her and this has caused some arguing between my mum and dad.You see my dad works at home on his computer designing games and software, which makes him very busy. He tried to tell my mum that I get in the way of his work, anyway this day has made my dad happy not just because its my first day of school and I will be out of his way, but it also shows that I was growing up and that I no longer need everything done for me. I ate my breakfast as I watched the early morning children’s programs knowing that when I finish eating mum will ask me to get my school uniform on, and that’s exactly what happened, I took my bowl into the kitchen where my mum was waiting.

Alright then,” she said “lets get you ready for school. ” I followed her back into the living room and took off my nightclothes and mum helped me to put on my uniform. After I was ready my dad took a picture of me that he now keeps in his workroom. “O. K. ,” dad said, “it’s about time for you to go, have a good day. ” I remember those words so well and they scared me, but I took my mothers hand as she walked me to school not knowing what to expect when I got there.

We arrived at school and met the reception class teacher who introduced herself as Miss Royle.Mum was leaving when she turned back and gave me a kiss on the cheek. I knew what it meant. She was leaving. I was not happy about this, but I chose not to start crying because I knew that it would upset my mum. So I watched her leave and then I walked into the corner and all I wanted to do was to stay there, I felt so alone. Why had my mum left me in this strange place when I did not know anybody? Was my mum going to come back for me? I had no way of knowing if she was ever coming back, but Miss Royle came over to me and took me over to the painting area and gave me an apron.Put this on Melissa,” she said “and you can do a painting of how you are feeling about your first day at a new school.

” I put on the apron that I was given and started to paint, When I began, I wanted to paint something so that my mum would not bring me here again, but after I had been painting for a while I began to enjoy it. I was never allowed to get in a mess at home and was not allowed to paint because it can be very messy. In the end I painted a picture of myself under a rainbow, I thought that I did well considering that it was my first time.Now Melissa,” said Miss Royle as she came up beside me “it’s time for a story so now we all sit on the mat. ” I followed the other children and sat on the mat, we listened to Miss Royle read “The Three Little Pigs.

” After the story, we were allowed to go and play in the playground, which I found overwhelming because I had never seen so many children in one place. It was not just my new class but also all the kids in the rest of the school, I did not know the there were so many. As I was exploring outside I started to play with the other children in my class, because of this I was able to make some new friends.They were called Shannon, Jessica and Stephen.

All of these children sat at my table which made it easier for me to get to know them. After playtime we had dinner, it was pizza and chips, which I liked very much, and I ate it all up. Then we had circle time, which is when the teacher talks to you about what you know and how much you still need to learn. By now the time was 1 `o’ clock and I only had two hours left at school.

I found that I was not looking forward to going home because I was starting to enjoy myself.To start off I had been scared about going to school because of being left in a strange place not knowing anybody, but now I have some new friends and I like my teacher. I have had some time to get to know the way things work and where everything goes. I did some more painting and I also played in the water with a watering can. I love playing with water at home with my toys or in the bath but it’s much better playing with my friends.

“Start clearing away now children,” Said Miss Royle, “It’s almost time to go home. “I didn’t realise it, but the day had gone so quickly and although I was looking forward to seeing my mum, I wanted to stay with my friends to play for a while. “Put on your coat and get ready for your mums and dads to come and get you. ” Said Miss Royle. Miss Royle helped me put on my coat and hat, after that I sat on the mat to wait for my mum.

My mum arrived a few minutes later and took me home, as I left I said “Goodbye” to my new friends and to Miss Royle. My mum asked me when we got home what I had done at school, so I told her that I had a great time and that I could not wait to go again.