The First Week of School

The First Week of School

            I guess that the first day of sending your kids to school is very nerve-racking; at least it was for my wife and me.  Aimee is going to school for the first time with a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule.  Since she speaks Chinese at home and doesn’t know too much English, we were a bit worried.  We also worried that we would miss the stuff that we should bring to school for her.  Thanks to the handbook sent by the school and the classroom teachers, we got everything ready on Tuesday night.  Aimee was excited to go to school and woke up early the next day.  She waved goodbye to us when we dropped her off with Mrs. Volpe and Miss Vivino.  It seemed like a good start, but I was still anxious the whole morning, and kept my phone nearby in case the school called.  It was huge relief to me when I received Mrs. Volpe’s email early afternoon reporting the details of the school day, and that Aimee had good time with the class, and even took a nap during the day.  After I got back home, I took Mrs. Volpe’s advice, sat next to Aimee and asked her details about her day.  Aimee described to me the activities she did and showed my wife and me the new dance move that she learned.  I was so happy that she really enjoyed her first day in school.

Although Mrs. Volpe mentioned in her email that the second day normally involves more tears, Aimee did enjoy her second day as much as the first day, and got home relatively tired from a whole day learning and playing.  We were happy that the ‘second day effect’ was not that bad for her.  But it turns out that on her third day, the following Monday, Aimee had hard time letting her mother go.  I guess the ‘second day effect’ got delayed for her due to her every-other-day schedule of school.  Mrs. Volpe helped her go through the third day smoothly after her mother left.

Overall, Aimee’s first week at school went well.  I have noticed several small things that make me and my wife really happy.  Aimee now can finish her whole dinner all by herself without any help.  That same night, when my wife and I were folding clothes, Aimee joined us and showed us how she folded her blanket that she used in school.  She folded it nicely, and with a little extra help from me, folded her other clothes.  I am pretty sure that will be more and more wonderful changes as she keeps going to the school thanks to the wonderful teachers at the Coop.  Now, Aimee is in her second week in school, my wife and I are much more relaxed as we are very certain that she is well taken care of at the Coop.

Jun Qi is a new Coop parent and father of Aimee.

Author: Gail Ader

Early childhood education is my passion and I have worked in this field since 1998, first as a teacher and then as an administrator. Child centered learning in a supportive and developmentally appropriate setting is the key to high quality programs. As the Executive Director at the Cooperative Learning Community my focus is on supporting my team so that they can focus on their children and families.