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"My First Day At School"
was created especially for
Courtney Lynn Cross
at the age of 5
With love from
Mommy and Daddy
May 9, 2002
Courtney Lynn Cross, from Springfield, MA, woke up bright and early. Today is a very special day. It is the first day of school at St. Mathhew's Elementary School.
Courtney quickly jumped out of bed and checked her brand new backpack Mom and Dad had given her. This would be the backpack Courtney would carry to class every day.
Wonderful smells were coming from the kitchen. Courtney hurried to the breakfast table where her favorite cereal was ready. Courtney ate heartily while thinking about the classroom adventures that would take place today.
Courtney, followed by Mom and Dad, hurried to the corner to wait with the other kids for the bus. They talked about the fun things they were going to do today. The sound of the bus drew cheers as it stopped at the curb. It was time to go to school.
As she climbed into the bus, Courtney waved goodbye to her Mom and Dad.
After a short ride, the bus pulled up at St. Mathew?s Elementary School. It looked very big to Courtney. All of the children were filled with wonder as they got off the bus. Entering the front door of the school was exciting.
Courtney and all the new students took their seats in the bright and colorful classroom. The teacher introduced herself. She talked about the many fun things that they would be doing in her class.
"We will read everyday," said the teacher. She picked up a book and read a funny story. Courtney and the whole class laughed. "Before long," said the teacher, "all of you will learn to read very well."
"We start with learning our letters," said the teacher. "There are 26 letters in our alphabet. Repeat after me. . .
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J
K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T
U - V - W - X - Y - Z"
Courtney and the whole class repeated all the letters of the alphabet.
"Next, we learn our numbers. Numbers are for counting," said the teacher. "Let us count to ten."
The whole class counted out loud.
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 8 - 9 - 10.
Courtney had fun counting out ten numbered blocks and stacked them on the table.
All the children loved lunchtime in the school cafeteria. Everyone is free to talk as long as they don't get too loud.
One of the students chose a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a big, red apple. What did Courtney choose for her lunch?
After lunch there is free time to go to the playground and run and play games.
The class divided into teams to play a game of soccer. Courtney scored the winning goal and everybody cheered!
The afternoon was set for an art project. Everyone was given crayons and paper.
The teacher told the class to draw and color their favorite food.
When finished, the teacher tacked each picture on the wall. Courtney drew a jar of honey. The whole class said this was the best picture.
As the school day was coming to an end, each student chose a picture book from the classroom shelf. Courtney chose a story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
There are many books on the shelves. The pictures and the stories were fun and brought smiles to everyone's faces.
Then, the school bell rang. It was time to go home. Courtney said goodbye to her teacher. What a busy day it had been with so many things to learn and do!
All the children went out to the school bus and climbed on board. Courtney waved goodbye to Nicholas. Tomorrow would be another day of fun, games and learning.
Courtney couldn't wait to tell her Mom and Dad about her first day at school. They would be proud because going to school means their little girl is growing up.