Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Meet The Teacher Morning.

Yesterday was the first day of school in the local school system but for the kindergartners it was Meet The Teacher Morning.

We had two choices of times to attend. We could go at 9:00 or we could go at 10:30. I decided on the 9:00 slot and that was a mistake because all of the other parents in Peter's class chose it as well.

So imagine my delight as I found myself surrounded by 23 kindergartners, many of their younger siblings and one to two parents each as we all crammed into Peter's classroom.

And when I say crammed, I really mean crammed. Think sardines.

There were large adult-sized rear ends squished into child-sized chairs, or squeezed on the floor beside child-sized chairs or hovering worriedly over kids in child-sized chairs. (If an adult rear end can hover that is, but you get what I'm saying here. There were too many adult-sized adults in a kid-sized room.)

And to make matters worse, we were expected to fill out paperwork! And all of the information was redundant to information that I had already filled out when I signed him up in the first place. I was not a happy sardine.

So there I was sitting on the floor beside Peter who was sitting in his little chair looking nervous. I was trying to listen to the teacher talk about fees, where the kids should go in the mornings, lunches, snacks, supplies and bus schedules while trying to fill out forms, ask questions and constantly reassure Peter who kept saying, "I want to go home. I don't like it here. I want to go home."

But then he saw it. Sitting near the front of the room was...

A LEGO TABLE!

It was if the clouds parted and the sun started shining. I think I even heard the angels begin to sing the Hallelujah Chorus.

But then all Peter would say was, "Can I play on the Lego table? Can I play on the Lego table? Can I play on the Lego table?"

I was finally able to take my adult-sized rear end out of the classroom. All of my questions were answered, all of my forms were filled out and my sanity would soon be restored.

When we got home I asked him what he thought about his classroom. His response was, "I didn't like it. It was too crampy." I have a touch of claustrophobia and I think Peter may have it too.

But I'm not going to worry yet because he then said, "But did you see that Lego table? I want to play on that Lego table!"

Peter won't go back until Thursday which will be his first real day. They split the kindergartners into thirds. So 1/3 of the class will go today. 1/3 will go tomorrow and the final 1/3 will go on Thursday. And then on Friday ALL of them will go.

Hopefully on Thursday when the room isn't as "crampy" he will be able to relax and actually get to meet the teacher. Because after we got home from Meet The Teacher Morning, I realized that Peter didn't actually even get to meet the teacher!

I'm sure Thursday morning will be fine. I'm sure he will do great. I'm sure he will relax and enjoy himself.

I'm starting to worry though because even thought there was a Lego table there, I didn't see any actual Legos.

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25 comments:

Megan said...

oh, no doubt there are legos :) they just hid them for the open house :)

hellooooo 75 kids rushing the lego table! :)

Megan

RR Mama said...

That was the first thing my oldest saw when we entered into the kindergarten room fours years ago. Then it was the blocks. Trust me they will have enought Legos for the entire class.

Huse Blog is it Anyway? said...

oh my goodness, the first day of school sounds HARD! And funny.

Mari said...

I'm sure Thursday will be much better! And - there will be Lego's!

Mamasphere said...

It doesn't sound like the school had that one very well thought out. A Meet The Teacher day should be all about the kids getting to meet their teacher! And not about any of that other stuff (which would've been better to address at a parents only meeting). At least you got everything filled out and all your questions answered in the melee!

Annikke said...

I bet the legos were out of sight on purpose, so that the legos weren't everywhere by the end of the day. They probably get pulled out on special occasions!

jOni lAnE said...

Right now it's the Lego table, in a few years, he'll be beggin to go to Leggo Land! I don't like crampy either...in social situations or for that "time" of the month. *wink*

elizabeth embracing life said...

We have our open house this week and I fear the same, however it is in the am, so I am thinking that perhaps only one parent per child will be represented...along with all the siblings, I will be towing in 3 extra's so that alone will be my frenzied moment.

Lisa said...

I'm sure there will be legos! What an experience, huh?

I used to love it if there was a kiddo I hadn't had the chance to meet before school "wrote" me a letter or colored me a picture that told me a little bit more about them. Maybe Peter could do that today to ease his fears a little?

Good luck to you too, Mommy!

Jaina said...

That sounds slightly too busy to me. They should have split the parents up into threes too ;) I'm sure the Legos were nicely put away, waiting for Peter to take them out and play with them. I hope everything goes well on his first day!

My Goodness said...

Legos can 'break the ice' everytime!! But only if there are actually Legos IN the table will the teacher ROCK!

I hope his first day is wonderful...for both of you! :)

Denise said...

I will be praying for dear Peter.

jennwa said...

That Meet the Teacher day was crazy, but I am so glad Colton and Peter are in the same class. I will be praying for the both of them.

Keyomi said...

oh...that does sound crazy & worrysome! but dont fret. I am sure he will do just fine. You need to relax more than he does probably!! :) happy times ahead!

Way More Homemade said...

That's an interesting way to do it... in thirds for several days. good luck.

list mama said...

My boy is starting Kindergarten in a week. We met his teacher last night at our school's ice cream social. Very exciting stuff!

Jen
http://www.ListPlanIt.com

~~tonya~~ said...

I'm sure there are Legos somewhere. I left you an award on my blog--come by and pick it up!!

Becoming Me said...

Ugh...I hope you aren't clostrophobic

Joyce-Anne said...

I popped on over from Momisodes. I know there will be Legos for the kids. My son starts kindergarten this year too. I hope everything goes smoothly for both of us.

beth said...

These things are always hard for everyone- moms included.

Kellie said...

I hope that his first day is awesome!

Sandy C. said...

Crowded room full of people? Paper? Kids? Sounds like a fire hazard!

I hope his first day is wonderful :) I still remember my very first day of kindergarten. I was incredibly nervous, but so glad my mom was there to hold my hand as she encouraged me to meet another child in my class :)

Nap Warden said...

Good luck with the first real day...I hope they have legos!

Rigel said...

As a soon-to-be student teacher, it's good to read your comments about back to school night. I'll keep your feedback in mind! I popped in from Mocha Momma's site.

Daisy said...

There are often Lego storage areas out of sight. Our old Lego table had a basket in the middle; all the bricks went there.