Kindergarten: Prepared for the first day | WW


School. Kindergarten. Bus. It was all here before I knew it. 

My mom told me to be prepared to cry when she got on the bus. I might have a little. Just a little. Shhh…don’t tell her.

We prepared (sing that to the tune of “Be Prepared” from Lion King) the week before. We talked about school. We talked about manners. How to make friends. Nice words. We did the ‘Meet and Greet’ at the school and walked around. Mr. Serious took her on a bus trial run the Friday before, too. Yeah, we prepared.

And I made her lunch, too (btw, she came home and told me she was still hungry, but only ate the peanut butter off the celery…I guess I wasn’t prepared for that!).

Monday was the day. She handled it beautifully and even told us she walked to her classroom from the bus all by herself. “I didn’t need any help, mommy!” She was more prepared than we were.


I swear when she got home, she was like five years older. She talked differently and acted differently. My baby is growing up and I can’t stop her. I was prepared for this, but not really.

Do you need tips for getting prepared for back to school? And want to help out?

You can help donate supplies to the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA), by checking out the Tools for Back to School initiative pop-quiz style game launched by BGCA and Disney. When you take the quiz, supplies are donated to BGCA for every answer you get correct. You can also check out other suggestions for getting ready under the ‘Get Ready’ heading; things like Time Management and helping your children set goals.

To help out even more, when you are back to school shopping, clothes, dorm, everything, BGCA has partnered with jcpenny. In August you can join jcp cares and round your purchases up at the register and make a donation which will benefit BGCA.

I’m linking up here.  Go and visit their Wordful and Wordless Wednesdays.


I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Boys and Girls Club. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. and so it begins… there will be many more moments to pause and take in the wonder of the passage of time. so take a deep breath and be in the moment. it will go faster than you ever thought possible. enjoy it…

    1. Don’t I know it. I remember her first steps and first words…seems like everyday she is still doing something that surprises me.

  2. I got a little teary reading this! Evan’s first day is next week!

  3. I cannot believe she is in Kindergarten. But then I cannot believe my G is either.

    She looks ready. Hope she had a great first day!!

  4. grandma pat says:

    Ah ha, I knew it and I knew you would never admit to it. She is growing up for sure. Her haircut looks very good. Great looking lunch mommy.

  5. They do grow up too fast! I’m so glad she had a great first day! You and Mr. Serious did a great job preparing her.

    1. They really do….and thanks! She seems to be doing quite well, so hopefully, we can take some credit.

  6. Maggie starts kindergarten the day after Labor Day and I am petrified! Mostly because she has to take the bus after school to daycare (NOT to somewhere where I will be waiting!). The pics are so cute! Gotta remember to print off the “first day of kindergarten” sign!

    1. Yes, please print it off! And, it will be nice that she will at least know the people, there, right? At daycare I mean?

  7. I took that quiz the other day and I wasn’t sure it was ever gonna end, so I finally just stopped but I answered a lot of questions!

    She’s so cute and I’m glad day one went well!

  8. Ann at Mundane Magic says:

    You did a great job making it past this milestone! She looks ready to soak in the first day fun. The first day has such energy in a school. The peanut butter thing cracked me up.

    1. Oh, she totally soaked it up.

      And, honestly, I had a pretty good idea she’d do that…such a stinker.

  9. They grow up so fast. My oldest was in the big Kindergarten last year. I remember I was sad because he didn’t get into the school I wanted him in. A certain district has a lottery system to get in if you are out of the district. It turned out that I like the school he’s at. My youngest will go to Kindergarten next year.

    With my experience there are forgetful moments. My son was told he had gym shoes in his bag all the time. He forgot and had to miss gym. Then he took his lunch and didn’t put it with the others in his class. Instead his lunch was put by his feet. He had a hot lunch that day. The jacket that was supposed to stay at school for when they are cold; he kept wearing home. Little things like that happen. Nothing major. It’s all an adjustment.

    1. Glad the school worked out.

      We’ve had quite a few “forgets” already…lunch boxes and snack bags have been left…as well as a sweater!

  10. soooo proud of both of you!!

    such a big huge mama moment!!

  11. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    Aw what a bittersweet day! My baby is only 16 mo so thankfully I’m not even close to sending her to school!

  12. Aww. I know. They do look older when they get home from school, don’t they? I felt the same way after Tommy’s 1st day of 1st grade.
    sniff, sniff

  13. Claiborne says:

    Love the sign idea!

  14. Ugh . . . I’m dreading this day! Looks like it went well! 🙂

  15. Sandy VanHoey says:

    awww…my grandson is in kindergarten this year alot (one of them). When my kids were little, I cried with each and every one of them leaving to go to school. It gets better than you become use to it and find a bit more time for yourself. They grow up way to fast.

  16. Lily Ivey says:

    My oldest started Kindergarten this week too. Bittersweet. We drop her off. I would be a mess if she had to take a bus. I’m not ready for that.

    1. Fortunately, the bus stop is on the other side of the street from our house…and like 0.5 miles from school!

      1. Lily Ivey says:

        Oh, that’s great! I bet she feels like a big girl riding the bus!

  17. I still remember my mother telling me about taking me (her oldest) to kindergarten for the first time. It was a mile walk, which we took together, and she cried the whole way home. My brother, her second child? Not a tear. I think it’s only that hard with the first.

  18. I cannot believe how grown up she looks – and how happy!
    Her lunch looks so delicious, you are a good mommy.
    And, don’t worry, we all cry when our babies go off to school. 😉

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