Welcome to Kindergarten! Mercedes’ Meet & Greet Day

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

Mercedes’ Meet & Greet Day

08.27.2013

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

Today was a great day of anticipation for both myself and my daughter, Mercedes. Today, she was scheduled to meet her kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Abbott, and Mr. Vilku, and visit her classroom for the very first time!

Because of this, last night she set out the clothes she wanted to wear just before bedtime and agreed to sleep early, which in itself, was a miracle.

When talking about it, here were the most important things she wanted to know about kindergarten:

  1. “What colour is Mrs. Abbott’s hair?”
  2. “Will Mrs. Abbott show me where the bathroom is?”

And though I had to wake her up this morning, she didn’t fuss, and even complied when asked to take a shower and get ready for our big day!

She was even particular about her routine: she asked that her hair be dried with the blow-dryer; she decided against wearing her earrings, insisting instead that she wait for the “gold ones that Mama Rica” plans on getting her later; and agreed to wear socks to go out even though she usually only goes out in sandals. She even finished her breakfast (Life cereal) without complaint.

By 9:15 a.m., she was dressed, fed, and ready to go!

And since we’re only a five-minute walk from her school, we took our time strolling to the school property. Here was our conversation this morning:

Mercedes: “I’m going to big-school now, Mama!”

Me: “Yes, you are, Baby.”

Mercedes: “Remember you have to hold my hand when I cross the street so I don’t die because then I can’t do anything…like walk, tell stories, eat, play with Cuya, play with my dolls…”

Me: “Yeah, that’s a good idea. We should always hold hands when we cross. Okay, look both ways…”

Mercedes: “I don’t see any cars, Mama. Let’s go!”

Me: “Uh-huh. Wait for me.”

Mercedes: “There’s the SCHOOL! We’re gonna go there like Cuya. You’re gonna be with me and then next week I’ll be by myself.”

Me: “Yeah, we’re going to meet your teacher, Mrs. Aboott, and see your classroom.”

Mercedes: “How will I know where to go?”

Me: “I’ll show you. It’s room 14.”

Mercedes: “There’s room 1…2…3…4…those are not my rooms, Mama…7…8…9…”

Me: “We’re almost there…”

—And then we saw it, her classroom!

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kindergarten - door

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Once we arrived, we introduced ourselves to Mrs. Abbott, made corrections to Mercedes’ name tag (since she goes by her second name, not her first), and explored her new classroom.

Mercedes enjoyed taking a look around, wanting to play in almost every centre and/or station in the room, while I slowly introduced her to each new section:

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Her classroom blackboard. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Her classroom blackboard. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Can you spell "fun?" (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Can you spell “fun?” (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes' class chart. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes’ class chart. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes matching the shapes in the shapes puzzle. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes matching the shapes in the shapes puzzle. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The computer station. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
The computer station. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes checking the kitchen pantry for something to cook. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes checking the kitchen pantry for something to cook. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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The little library. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
The little library. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes counting the bear counters. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes counting the bear counters. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Lots of things to discover in kindergarten! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Lots of things to discover in kindergarten! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Sifting through the shape blocks. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved,
Sifting through the shape blocks. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved,

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Checking out the puppets. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Checking out the puppets. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes "fishing" for numbers. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes “fishing” for numbers. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Colourful bear counters. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Colourful bear counters. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes going out for a stroll with her baby. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes going out for a stroll with her baby. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes' baby doll. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes’ baby doll. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes playing with wooden blocks. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes playing with wooden blocks. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes setting up the doll house. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes setting up the doll house. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes playing with the sandbox. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes playing with the sandbox. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes making some shapes with Playdoh. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes making some shapes with Playdoh. (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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While the mystery of Mrs. Abbott’s hair colour was solved (she’s blonde), Mercedes did hesitate in speaking with her or her other teacher, Mr. Vilku.

Even so, she was quite taken with each class station and quickly tried out every section. She picked out a piece of bread, corn, and other items to cook from the kitchen pantry; had a go at fitting wooden block shapes into their corresponding puzzles; counted a couple of colourful bears; gave a baby doll a stroll in her carriage; set up the doll house; built a tower out of blocks; and made star shapes out of Playdoh.

She also explored her own personal cubby, jacket, and bag hooks, and where to line up in the morning before the bell rings—mind you, she wasn’t that interested in those things—she simply wanted to play some more!

And before we knew it, it was time to go home.

Before leaving, she hugged Mrs. Abbott and Mr. Vilku goodbye—all ready to go to school on her own next week (Mommy hopes)!

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Mercedes walking home from her Meet & Greet the Teacher Day! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes walking home from her Meet & Greet the Teacher Day! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Mercedes walking home from her Meet & Greet the Teacher Day! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.
Mercedes walking home from her Meet & Greet the Teacher Day! (c) Photo by Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez. All rights reserved.

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Now, that all the forms are filled, all we have to do now is do grocery shopping for lunch and snacks, pack her new Hello Kitty backpack with extra clothes and indoor shoes, prepare her clothes to wear for the First Day of School, sleep early for the rest of the week—and well—keep our fingers crossed that she’ll agree to go to school (and stay at school) on her own!

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Do you have a little one going into Jr. Kindergarten this fall?

If so, how have you prepared him/her for the First Day of School?

What books are you reading to your child in preparation of going to school for the first time?

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3 thoughts on “Welcome to Kindergarten! Mercedes’ Meet & Greet Day”

  1. How awesome! I wish I had documented it so well! My son, Brody, just started Kindergarten! Today was day 3 and he told me I didn’t have to walk him to the cafeteria (his school does breakfast before class), I could just leave him at the door to his class and he’d be fine. I explained to him that it wasn’t that I didn’t think he could do it, I just wanted to walk with him. LOL. I have another year before I can let my daughter even start preschool. 🙂

    1. Good for Brody! I think it’s a lot tougher for parents than it is for the children when it comes to going to school for the first time. I’m a little worried she won’t want to go inside the classroom without me…but, then I hope she surprises me and races in there like a sport! It’s always an adventure with the little ones. Enjoy! And thanks for dropping by. 😀

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