So it’s here, Monkey’s first day at school. I’ve been in denial for most of the holidays since he broke up from the Nursery Class. But the last week, it’s started to sink in. My boy is nearly 5, he’s off to school, full-time, 5 days a week. I’m going to be getting him when he’s grumpy and tired and not at his cheeky best. I’m going to be having my lunch alone, without my little buddy constantly asking for cheese sandwiches. Yes, I am going to miss him. My little, shy, reserved little boy is going to school. He isn’t looking forward to it at the moment. That fills me with worry. The last few nights he’s woken up from bad dreams. I’m sure it’s all to do with his first day at school.
So Monkey today is your first day at school. today you join Miss P’s class in Reception. I can guarantee that in 20 years time you won’t remember it. But right now I know it’s epic. I know you want to be at home with Teddy and me (almost certainly in that order); but I also know once you see your mate G you will be ok.
I’m honestly not sure if you will cry today, I almost certainly will, when I get back to an empty house. I’m pretty sure you won’t want to let go of my hand, although I hope I’m wrong.
I hope you remember to go to the toilet. You really can’t keep everything in ALL day! I really, really hope that you try your school dinner. You may eat the veggie sausages, I wonder what will happen if they are covered in gravy!? Will you eat either of the potato options? I very much doubt it. You’ll love the frozen strawberry yogurt for pudding. Will you spend your first day at school starving hungry?
Will you like your teacher? I hope so. I can remember all of my teachers and my headmasters. I remember most of them fondly, well, all except Mrs Copse, but I don’t think anyone would remember her fondly. I know you love your Key Worker, so I’m sure she’ll hold your hand when you are unsure. I hope you will be happy. I hope you will make more friends, may be get a little braver, may be even a little more confident. But really, please just be happy.
I wonder how your friendships will progress and develop. I hope you have a friend who will be a firm friend for the rest of your school career. I hope you will be happy.
On your first day at school, you’ll be in a new class. You are lucky, you already know the school, the teachers and most of the children in your class. I’m so glad we moved you when we did. It was the right thing for you. I hope you will be nice to the children who know no one. You, more than most, know how hard it can be to be in a new environment. I hope you will share!
I will be thinking of you every minute of today, it will be the longest day, after a wonderful summer spent having fun with my cheeky Monkey. I honestly hope that you don’t spend every minute thinking of me. I hope you are fine, I hope you are running around having fun, and listening when you are meant to be. I hope that at 3.15 you come running out with a smile on your face. I hope that you will be happy.
I hope you enjoy your first day at school. I hope that you want to go back tomorrow!! I just want you to be happy.