Julia’s First Day of Kindergarten gets an A+

by Susan

I worry about all the wrong stuff.

Julia with Mommy First Day of Kindergarten

I was so worried that Julia would be scared starting Kindergarten in a new school, in a new language — all without her best friend. But as usual, my worries were wasted. Julia was thrilled and loved it all.

JuliaYou see… Janice’s 8 year old Jackson goes to a French Immersion school a 10 minute drive away from our neighborhood and she convinced me that I had to also give Julia the gift of a second language.

(Mostly I think Janice wanted the gift of carpooling, but nonetheless I couldn’t argue the educational benefits and signed Julia up for the same school.)

But the major drawback was that Julia would have to go to school without her neighborhood friends — most significantly her best friend for the last 4 years.

So as a mother does, I worried.

But when the first day came, and the second, and the third, there was only excitement.

Julia loves her new school and when she came running into my arms after her first “real” day in Kindergarten, I asked if she had fun and while she hugged me like crazy she shouted, “Oui, oui, oui!”

I’m so proud of my big girl and happy that her days of separation anxiety that made her first year of preschool difficult are far behind us.

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Written by Susan Carraretto, Mom Blogger and co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.
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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber Strocel September 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Go, Julia, go! Or should I say allez?


2 Susan September 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Thanks Amber… I’m rather insecure about this French thing… I wish I remembered more French from my high school days.


3 Susie Michelle September 10, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I think one of my favorite things about this time of year is watching how adaptable and resilient and strong our kids really are. Here they are, faced with fresh challenges each day in school, and they come home to tell us all about it. (Also, I rather like the quiet time during the day, while they are out building their adaptability, resilience, and strength. :)


4 Susan September 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

You’re so right… kids are phenomenally adaptable and resilient!!!


5 Danielle September 10, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I definately understand your worry … a new school and in a different language! As 1st grade and pre-pre school has just started for us, I have been thinking about the seperation anxiety issue of the past and how different it is now that they as individuals are “ready” to be away from mom for a short while. Although I am glad to not have all of the tears and anxiety, I am also sad for what is to come … when they don’t want us around :-(. I guess the good thing is that they likely will want us again when they are in their 20′s.


6 Anne September 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm

congrats to you and Julia! My son starts preschool next week, and so far there is nothing but positive anticipation, but like you I can’t help but worry… thanks for reminding me that he’ll probably be just fine!


7 Susie's Homemade September 11, 2010 at 7:27 am

Congratulations for guiding her through another successful milestone:-)


8 Petula September 11, 2010 at 11:56 am

Oh gosh, that’s so fabulous it gave me chills! What a wonderful gift you’ve given her of a second language as well as the confidence to pursue it. I’m so glad she’s having a good year. Gorgeous pictures as usual. Such beauties you and your daughter. :-)


9 Boston Mamas September 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I am beyond thrilled to hear things went so beautifully Sue! And I *love* the photos. :-) -Christine


10 Traci September 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Elle est une étudiante merveilleuse!

How exciting for her and for you. I hope that she continues to enjoy her time in French and English!



11 self sagacity September 13, 2010 at 3:42 am

This is unusual to me, but the school must be good or else you would not have picked it for your child. I wish there was someway for me to send my child to a school with my language…


12 shelly September 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm

What a neat opportunity to go to a school like that! So glad she loves it!


13 Stephanie September 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Julia’s red hair is stunning.

Also – you are fortunate to have a language immersion school so close to where you live. I wish there were more options like that in the States.


14 Tutoring Match October 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm

My experience is that children are not as fearful as there parents when it comes to going to school for the first time, children adapt better than we the parents do! Here’s to a wonderful school year for Julia!


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