Ideas for the First Day of School

 First day of school ideas.

First day of school ideas.

The day had finally come for Maisy to start kindergarten.  We were lucky enough to get into the school only a half block away from us, which is a lot of luck considering the lottery system in Berkeley!

 Hurry, it's already 8:10!!

Hurry, it's already 8:10!!

I’d been mourning this day for about a month now and it was all way worse in my imagination than it really was (I wasn’t ready to give the girl I’d stayed home with for over five years to the big world).  One of the reasons the first day of kinder wasn’t so sad, was that I didn’t have time to be sad-- I was late!  Living so close to school, gave a false sense of security and my over-achieving favorite breakfast making mommy-self put me way off schedule.  Thankfully, I had the thought to prepare most things the night before.

  • Pancake mix
  • Lunch
  • Backpack
  • Kindergarten Photo sign (courtesy of Todd- he’s the talented one).
  • Clothes- Maisy sleeps in tomorrow clothes. She has since she could dress herself.  She does NOT like jammies. It makes for no problem mornings where wardrobe is involved.  True story.


The only time I really got all choked up was actually signing Maisy into Kindergarten as I handed over her information papers to her teacher.  I was hiding tears from Maisy, but her teacher was super sweet and gave me a hug and told me she’d do great and that it was okay.  It made it okay.  Another big okay moment was that Maisy was lucky enough to be put into the same class as her bestie from preschool.  That gave me a lot of comfort knowing she’d have her person there with her.

 Sharing our love. 

Sharing our love. 

We made a sweet little felt love heart for her that Todd, Maren and I all filled with love for her to keep with her at school, so if she felt lonely she could look at her heart and know she had our love.  I first saw this fab idea over at Curly Birds.


We felt so proud to see her jump into the class and start in drawing with friends.  She had no tears, nor jitters.  At the end of the day when I picked her up she seemed a bit dazed and overloaded.  She reported that they had to sit on a rug a lot and that she lost her Mommy and Daddy Love Heart (it’s okay, we have more).  Other than that, the day was a big win.  Now to do it over again tomorrow!

To commemorate this time and space in Maisy's life we asked her a few questions:

Q:  What are your hopes for school?

A:  That nobody will be mean to me and that Juna (her BFF) will be in the same class as me.

Q:  What do you hope to learn?

A: More math, math, math each day. 

Q:  Who is your best friend? 

A:  Juna. 

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up? 

A:  A police officer. 

Q:  What is your favorite color? 

A:  Pink and Purple. 

We so look forward to asking these same questions year after year to see how they develop.



Do you have any other tips or tricks?  I’d love to hear them.  Please share in comments.

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I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.