Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another first....under our belt!

This is Ben and Kyle on the first day of Kindergarten and second grade in Florida.

This is my Ben...before his first day of Kindergarten in 2007!

And now here we 2010...time for a new year once again. Ben is back at Cedar Road where he did his half day kindergarten a few years back. So at least there is some familiarity to it all for Ben. But for everyone else...once again.... a new school. Kyle will be in first grade. Will will attend private Kindergarten at a new school in Chesapeake, and Josh will join his brother in the 3 to 4 year old preschool program at the same school. We have yet to visit Great Bridge Preschool and Kindergarten. Next week is our time for that. The little two start on the 13th of this month, so they have a bit longer to wait!

Yesterday we went to the teacher meet and greet at Cedar Road Elementary. We went with Gusto...very excited to meet our new teachers. Gusto that lasted, of course, until we were about 3 feet from the door of the school and I look over and Ben has tears in his eyes and Kyle looks like he is going to throw up? Yikes.

So we step aside....take a min. to pull ourselves together and have a quick game of rock paper scissors to see who will meet their teacher first. luck would have it....Ben was the loser...but he insisted that Kyle cheated...waiting that last second to make his play after he already knew what Ben was going to choose! And so with Ben now crying because Kyle cheated (or at least that is his story of the reason for the tears) and Kyle crying because Ben said he cheated....we stand...out side the school...trying not to draw attention, and trying to dry faces....and hundreds of people are rushing passed us to get inside.

We get the tears to stop and try the "Pick a number between one and 10" game to assure a fair strategy for picking where we go first. And of course...Ben loses AGAIN?

We talk as we walk and I think we have ourselves under control...of course that is until we get to Ben's room and his teachers starts speaking to him. He looks away....wipes his eyes...and states, "I think I have something in my eye." Oh poor boy. His anxiety was so high and he just could not stop the tears. The same as his kindergarten year...but with one big difference. Now he does not want to cry...he hates that the tears come so quickly...and he is embarrassed and making excuses for those little buggers that come out of his eyes so easy!

Well...we make a quick stop of help Ben out of his disparate place. And not 3 min outside of the classroom Ben states..."I love that teacher mom..I think I will like her as much as Mrs. Brussard!" So all is well that ends well....I suppose?

And Kyle we head down to Kyle room. Please note that I have bribed my children. $5/child if they look the teacher in the eye....state their first and last name....and say that it is nice to meet you! That's all they have to do. I have learned that my children need ways to create their own confidence. Just telling they that they are great is so far from enough. I was paying them to have a positive first experience with their teachers so that they could go into the first day of school feeling that they are liked and that they have a great first impression for themselves under their belts!

Ben of course was unable to complete the task, but seriously...watching him struggle...made me almost cry! I might give him $20.00 just for keeping it as together as he did and getting out of there alive!

So Kyle is an observer and he has been silent and obedient and has taken all of the past events into his brain and is processing as we walk to his classroom. WE get there and the awkwardness starts to creep into kyle's walk and his body language. But no tears. The teacher nicely walks up to him and Kyle....who is almost as big as his teacher (no joke!) says, "hi my name is kyle nice to meet you!". Now he has made his cash...but you have to know that the presentation was nothing that I expected. Kyle's voice was high that most little girls cant' reach this octave. And he talked in baby sitcom kind of baby talk. And in his efforts to keep his eyes focused on his teacher - since that was part of the deal....he was blinking....incessantly. I he had a tick or something?!?!

OH so funny...but what do you do...that's Kyle...and the guy with something in his eye...well that's Ben! Now they know the Mongolds! Both of these nice teachers!! And in the first weeks they will see how sweet both boys are and I am sure they will both grow to have a mutual friendship with their educators!!

But for now....I am certain that when these teachers got home and were telling their hubby's about the day of new students. It is very possible that Kyle and Ben were BOTH stories that were note worthy!! :) ha ha ha

Another first day next week!! With that first meet out of the way..I have all the confidence in the world that Ben and Kyle will both go to school willingly and have great stories to share when they get home! And next week..Josh and Will meet their teachers? Hmm...wonder if it will be as interesting!! :)


Bill and Midge said...

I know this as a traumatic day for you all, but I had to laugh when I read this post. I think these meet the teacher days are much harder on the mom's than anyone else! Wait until someday you take them off to college - then you will be the one with "something in your eye". I had to go downstairs for more stuff several times while moving in Lizzy because I was loosing it!

Ellen said...

Glad Midge found this amusing, 'cause I was laughing so hard I was crying. Poor Ben and Kyle. Luckily they have a fantastic mama and they'll do just great! We miss you guys.

Football and Fried Rice said...

Oh, sweet boys! I never thought to bribe the kids with money?? I usually just threaten to beat them? haha...

.it IS such a nerve-wracking time - but then they notice the teacher has CANDY on her desk and she DOESN'T have 3 eyes and like to eat small children!! It all works out ;)

Happy Start to the new school year!