The first day back to preschool

The schools I work with are full day and year around so it may seem like there wouldn’t be a first day back to school but for our students, there truly is and I enjoyed observing some of the children throughout the day.

Each of our students promoted to their new class today. They celebrated their new teacher and new experience in preschool. This little boy wanted to share with me the certificate he received from his new teacher. He is very excited to be in the big kid class!

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Since my job is to support the staff at our school, I get the awesome chance to observe children at three different schools. I only made it to two of them today. The children were in high gear. Energy was bursting and teachers were taking the excitement of their new young children in stride.

There were all kinds of basic skills being introduced to the children. The overall theme of the day was of course, Back to School. These children were matching school buses. I overheard the teacher using such a patient voice as she guided the children through the game. I know from experience that it is hard to go from having an older age group of children to a very young new group overnight. You have to adjust your expectations, your planning, and your curriculum to meet the children where they are at.

As I looked around each class, what struck me was that there were no fireworks, no bells and whistles, but instead every thing was relaxing, loving, and very preschool.

As I walked in the door, the children in this class announced, “We are making schools!” How fun that something so simple is so meaningful to them.

As I walked through the hall, one little boy said to me, “When I turn five I get to watch Starwars!” The children were keenly aware that they had entered into a new stage of their school experience whether they were two, three, four, or even almost Starwars age eligible – the big five!

So what else did we do in preschool?

We sang…

We  explored…

We played…

We made friends…

I caught these children in the middle of making school buses. We do have a small bus but most of the kids are brought to school by their parents but it didn’t matter. Going to preschool means you have to make a school bus!!

We Painted…

We glued…

We chatted with our friends…

We listened to our very sweet teacher…

And we used our own ideas of how many people should fit on our double decker yellow school bus!

Yes, it was a great first day back to preschool. I can’t wait to see all the growth and development we all have in store ahead!

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By |2010-08-30T21:16:58+00:00August 30th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Pam August 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    I love first days! All those different little personalities- so fun to meet them all and anticipate how they will all grow and develop and how they will come together as a group!
    *Deborah- just have to tell you- the little guy in my room who- every day requests the Simple Songs CD was walking with me outside today. We have 3 small steps that the children need to walk down in order to get to our outdoor play area. As we walked out I reminded him to “find the wall” (since there is no railing they put their hand on the wall while going down)…. all of a sudden I heard him start humming…”Painter Paul went to paint that wall!!!!”…so, of course, we sang it as we went down the steps!

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 30, 2010 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      Hahahaha! You have made my first day of preschool priceless. Thank you for sharing with me and tell your little one thank you from me too….

      Now I will think of this story when I sing “Painter Paul went to paint the wall……”

      Thanks again Pam!

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