First Day of Preschool Recap

October 21, 2010 by Victoria Strong

The first day of preschool was a hit! An absolute standing ovation!!! And Gwendolyn can't wait for more today. There are so many things that went really well, and I am so excited about it all, but there are a couple little stories that just stood out as really adorable.

The first was actually the night before. Gwendolyn wanted to put her special first day of school purple pony dress on that night and it was only when I explained that no one was at school, all the children were in their beds, and all the lights were out, that she relented her cries. She was just so darn excited.

And when we arrived at the school in the morning, she wanted to see everything. She was bright eyed, looking around, wanting to see it all at once. We tried every craft they offered -- she was immediately ready to roll up her sleeves and bring on the glitter glue smile. We looked at every room. We checked out her cubby with her picture already on it. And our brave little girl was waving hello to all her new friends.

During snack time we got to listen to three stories about spiders and afterward we colored a wooden spider. A little girl who had been talking to us throughout the day and during snack time suddenly and completely out of the blue said, "Can she stomp?". Not quite sure what she was meaning (you never know what the lingo is these days smile), I said I didn't understand and she then stomped her foot on the floor and said, "I can stomp. Can she stomp?" I paused for a minute and started to explain that Gwendolyn can't really stomp, but she can tap her fingers together. And on queue Gwendolyn proceeded to tap, tap, tap her sweet little fingers together. And the little girl watched and then said, "That's cool. My sister can tap." And that was it. She was simply sharing something about herself. And now Gwendolyn and I know that this darling little girl can stomp. And she knows that Gwendolyn can tap. So cute!

Another encounter that really stood out to me was during free time. We were exploring and the minute Gwendolyn spied the swings I could see she so wanted to try, but wasn't sure if she was allowed. We talked about it and she told me she wanted to go on them. As I prepared her for this (put the stroller flat, suctioned her, took her off bipap, etc.) four little girls came running over with lots of questions. We talked about suction and how it doesn't hurt Gwendolyn (to which one little girl said, "I know. I have that at the dentist. It totally doesn't hurt. It helps."). They had questions about her bipap. And then they all argued about who got to push us on the swings. And Gwendolyn loved it. She peeked over my shoulder watching as four determined little girls pushed a big Mommy with Gwendolyn on my lap in the swings. We stopped for a minute and one little girl said, "She doesn't talk like us." And so I explained how Gwendolyn uses her eyes to say yes and then asked her, "Do you like the swings?" And Gwendolyn proudly rolled her eyes up and said, "Ah-huh" and all the other little girls said, "Ah-huh" right back. It was just great!

I know this is going to be such a positive experience for Gwendolyn. Bill and I were definitely fighting back tears as we watched Gwendolyn so excited, so determined, and so absolutely 100% proud of herself. And we are so proud of her, too.

Talk About It

Wow, so wonderful! Gwendolyn you are so amazing and I'm so happy you loved your first day of preschool! What a big day! Lots of hugs!
Posted by Lindsey Coleman on 2010-10-21 09:16:02
Oh I've been waiting for the recap all week! I couldn't stop laughing and smiling at all the things the other kids were saying to Gwendolyn! Classic lines from pre-schoolers (who can teach us all a thing about how to keep life simple and sweet!) and I'm sure Gwendolyn just loved every second of it! I'm so happy she is having so much fun. Thinking of you! XOXO
Posted by Theresa Portugal on 2010-10-21 10:12:57
How fun! I loved hearing these little stories. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by Cherisse on 2010-10-21 12:31:40
SOOOOO Awesome!!! Kids are so funny with what they say sometimes... I am so happy that you had a great experience and so happy for Gwendolyn that she was able to experience school and playing with other kids! Thanks for sharing smile
Posted by Ashley Jones on 2010-10-21 12:57:56
oh my gosh! I got teary reading the stories - what a rich and rewarding experience for EVERYONE!! Children are adorable and curious and honest, and as long as the mystery and secrecy are eliminated, they're perfectly able to be open and accepting. I love to hear about Gwendolyn's interactions with other children!!!
Posted by Sheri on 2010-10-21 13:17:38
I just knew that Gwendolyn must have had a great time!!! Preschoolers are the best, lots of questions and learning. A new world has opened for Gwendolyn! Loved hearing all about her first day!
Posted by Penny on 2010-10-21 13:38:38
Hey Gwen so glad you had an awesome time on the first day! Thanks for all the pics I'll share them with Weet tomorrow when she wakes up. yay have more fun tomorrow & grats on your first day. Sending healing energy and many <3 ,3 <3 (hugs) from us to you. I looove your hat! smile
Posted by Moon on 2010-10-21 16:02:18
What a thrill! You all did a super job preparing Gwendolyn for this, I am in awe, as usual. I adore Gwendolyn's outfit, she is too stylish for her own good! grin
Posted by Elizabeth on 2010-10-21 16:52:24
IN TEARS!! Please keep these preschool updates coming. I am so so so thrilled for Gwendolyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Magda on 2010-10-21 17:16:18
I love it! I am so glad it was such a wonderful experience for all involved. All the kids are giving so much to Gwendolyn and she in return is giving them so much in return....awesome! Hope each day is better than the last! Hugs!
Posted by Emma on 2010-10-21 17:39:19
What an awesome experience for Gwendolyn! I hope she has many more fantastic days at preschool!
Posted by Sueann on 2010-10-21 17:57:36
Bring on the glitter glue! Bring on the swings and crafts, and stories and songs! Bring it on Gwendolyn! We are all so thrilled for you!
Posted by Kristen on 2010-10-21 18:20:22
Tears of joy for you all!! What an amazing 1st day at preschool ( it felt like I was there) you know that little fly on the wall that wants to see it all too ... and not just read about it smile way to go Gwendolyn <3 you!
Posted by caroline Lamont on 2010-10-21 19:35:45
How wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing a fabulous first day of preshool. I loved the stories--small children certainly can show us what is important. The simpleness of being young and so accepting. I hope you'll keep sharing. --Mari
Posted by Mari aka "Thorney" on 2010-10-21 19:53:31
Boy, what a great first day!!! I look forward to hearing about all the OTHER great days. Good luck keeping up with Miss G smile 'Lucy'
Posted by Helen on 2010-10-21 20:55:10
Yay for preschool!! You look so happy in your pictures. We are cheering you on and can't wait to here more about your adventures of preschool.
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2010-10-22 08:51:07
Hey Gwendolyn; So happy you enjoyed your first day of school. You looked so cute in your outfit and undoubtedly you were the star of the day. We here in Massachusetts are so proud of you and are so thankful for being a power of example for us. We love you very much and look forward to hearing more about school. Love Stephen and Magda
Posted by stephen taylor on 2010-10-23 17:38:36
That is so so so wonderful. I am thrilled to hear she is loving it and you guys are having such a positive experience. Yay Gwendolyn!!!!!
Posted by Devon on 2010-10-23 18:01:53
Wow! What a great day! It sounds like she has lovely classmates and we are hoping she has a terrific year!
Posted by Jessica on 2010-10-28 14:48:25
Wow! How wonderful for Gwendolyn!
Posted by emma on 2010-11-02 21:40:15

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