For many of us, today is one of the saddest days of the entire year because school begins tomorrow.Though I don’t have any young people at my house, I know that there must be some school-goers who are actually looking forward to the start of a new school year. So I set out to find some of those excited young students and thought, “Who better than those going to school for the very first time?” I discovered that children preparing to start kindergarten have a pretty interesting perspective on school.Morgan Kee, who will start at Locust Elementary School on Aug. 26, explained the difference between “regular school” and preschool. At regular school, the work is harder, the teachers are meaner and there is no play time. But she will get to have a snack and her friends will be there, so Morgan’s still excited about going to regular school. She and her family have been doing a lot of shopping to get all the supplies she’ll need, and she has a new desk at home where she can work on homework. Morgan said doing homework is a good thing because it helps you get better grades. She anticipates being the smartest student in her class.Hayden Strickland seems a little worried about everything he will have to have to learn. He will be attending Mount Pleasant Elementary. Hayden said kindergarten is different from preschool because it has math. But he likes numbers, and he can count pretty high. He knows he’ll have to learn other things, too, such as letters, how to write his name, his phone number and science; he think those other things “might be hard.” But getting smarter is a good thing, Hayden said, because he’d like to learn more about the things he plays with: cars, airplanes and video games. The real fun for him, though, will be riding the school bus and making friends. He said he has lots of friends already, but that he could always use more.Brayden Eudy is also excited about the school bus. He can’t wait to meet his teachers at Mount Pleasant Elementary and make new friends. He’s got everything he needs for school: a backpack with sharks and his name on it, a Scooby-Doo lunchbox and a camouflage notebook. Brayden declared that he’s not worried about going to school. He then quickly added, though, that the idea of doing homework has him a little concerned. He’s heard that it takes all night and may cut into his play time.Brayden said kindergarten may be hard, and there are a lot of tests. He pointed out that he already knows lots of things, like what Groundhog Day is. But he is looking forward to learning to read. Other good things about kindergarten will be playing in the “big park” at the school, snack time and making new friends – but just boys because “girls are kind of weird.”So to all those going to school Aug. 26, I say, “May your snacks be tasty and your homework be light.”
Friday, Aug. 23, 2013
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Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com.
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