I KNEW when my little man started school last year it was going to be emotional and a little bit scary for him.
But seeing older children in tears at the start of the school year was not something I had really considered – until I saw sobbing children this morning.
As I write, this my son has been in Year 1 for precisely two hours and six minutes and I can’t get my head around how quickly the past year has flown by.
It seems like only yesterday his reception class teacher was visiting the house while we were making spiders from cardboard.
And now suddenly he is a little more grown-up and it is easy to assume for a moment that school is just an easy part of this life.
After all, he had been telling me all summer how much he misses school.
But that declaration was coupled with his sadness that ‘you don’t get to play so much in Year 1’.
How very true, my gorgeous boy, you have lots of learning to do.
But over the past couple of days he has suddenly said he has not been looking forward to going back to school and he wanted to stay at home or go to his holiday club.
And he had a funny five minutes this morning when he announced he would not be eating his breakfast because he was simply just not going to go to school today.
Okay, how to handle this one?
After some coaxing and some food inside him, he was fine, and luckily as we were walking in he spotted his two best friends (who are luckily still in his class) so the three of them all went bouncing in together to investigate their new classroom.
But among the happy children there were quite a few infants and juniors sobbing their hearts out in the classroom and in the playground who were upset and nervous.
It is so easy to forget just how big a change and how daunting it can be for a child to change years.
A new classroom, a new teacher, a different combination of children, different work – all big things to a small person.
I’m just glad mine was okay – eventually!
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