Yesterday was the first day of school in my neighborhood and even though my son has been going to this school for 2 years now, he still is a little anxious on the first day as I’m sure a lot of kids are. On Monday when I read Jen Lemen’s post about writing notes of encouragement on the sidewalk heading to her daughter’s school, I immediately decided to do the same thing. What a great idea!
On Tuesday evening my son and, I as well as my girlfriend and her son, headed to the school with chalk in tow. We decided we would write encouraging notes on the walk way leading up to and in front of the school. I don’t know who had more fun, the kids or the adults! The boys came up with the idea of drawing arrows up the walk to the front gate and they did a great job.
No one was excluded, not even the teachers.
The next morning my son was no longer nervous about starting school. He was excited about what we had done the night before and couldn’t wait to see it again. As we walked into school, we noticed kids and parents alike stopping and taking a look at our ‘artwork’ and they all seemed pleased.
So for now, the school year has started out on a good note for my son’s first day of 3rd grade and hopefully, with the help of our encouraging messages, for all the other students and teachers as well. Thanks Jen for sharing your idea!