19 July 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Kindergarten No More

I’m headed to first grade very soon,

I graduated kindergarten at the end of June.

Mom drove me by my big, new school,

I hope my teacher won’t be cruel.


Kindergarten was really so much fun,

But now it’s time to go to grade one.

A letter from school should come today,

Inside that letter it’s going to say


A room number and my teacher’s name.

I got really nervous when the mail came.

Mom said, “It’s here, it’s here, come see!”

It was in her hand as she walked towards me.


 Mom opened up the letter very slow.

In just a little while we will know,

Where I’ll be at school this fall.

Yes, in a moment we’ll know it all.


“You’re teacher’s name is Mrs. Moore.

It says you’ll go to room four.

There’s a pretty letter in here, too.

I’m guessing this is meant for you.”


 She hands me the letter,

We read it together.

“Dear Connor,” it starts,

(And she drew a little heart)


“I can’t wait to meet you, just a few days more,

And you get to come and meet me before

All the other kids make their way on back.

I’ll even show you where to hang your backpack”.


 Mom reads me all the rest that it says,

I feel a bit sick, I’m holding my head.

In the bottom of the envelope something was stuck.

Mom pulled with her fingers to pop it up.


A pencil and bookmark, now that’s kind of cool.

On the pencil it says, “FIRST GRADERS RULE!”

Mom said, “Wasn’t that nice of Mrs. Moore to do?

I’ll bet you’re excited about going, aren’t you?”


I faked a smile and asked, “Can I go out to play?”

Then she told me we’d visit the school on Tuesday.

All first graders come a day early to see

Just where it is that they’re going to be.


She nodded – OK, so I ran outside.

I flew to my tree house, a great place to hide.

I climbed up to the tree using the rope,

Put on my pirate hat, looked through my scope.


 I hope my friend Michael is in the same class,

And the bus better not make us get to school last.

If Michael isn’t there, I don’t know what I’ll do.

Hey, I can call him, he’ll have a letter too!


“Mom, I’m going to call Michael at home.”

I needed to find out if I’d be all alone.

He answers the phone and says, “Connor, guess what?

My letter says my teacher’s name is Mrs. Chestnut.”


 Uh oh, not good, we won’t be together.

I’m NOT going to first grade.  Not now, Not EVER!

I told Michael that our teachers aren’t the same.

I’m so mad, I kicked over my Monopoly game.


I don’t want to be in a room without Mike.

And he says he knows just what I feel like.

We’re best friends; we have been all this time.

Splitting us up is a horrible crime!


 Mike’s mom says he has to get off the phone.

Looks like I’m going to be all on my own.

It’s almost Tuesday, the day before school.

And I just don’t know what it is that I’ll do.


I won’t know anyone. I DON’T WANT TO GO!

I head towards the kitchen – walking real, real, slow.

“Mom, Michael has a different teacher than me.”

Mom says, “It’ll be all right, you’ll see.”


 I go and sit down at the kitchen table.

I just don’t see how I’m going to be able

To get very excited about going to school.

I was so upset that I fell off the stool.


Mom said, “Try not to worry, it’ll be just fine.

You’ll be making new friends in just no time.”

But things will never be the same for me.

Without Michael there, how can they be?

4 Responses to “Kindergarten No More”

  1. Vivian Kirkfield 12 August 2011 at 3:40 am Permalink

    Hi Denise,

    So glad I came to see your blog…you mentioned me on Twitter and I went to see if I was already following you…wasn’t…but I will be now.:) I lived in CT for 25 years and raised our family there and ran a daycare for local teachers’ children…that was after I left teaching kindergarten in NYC to raise our own kids. LOVE your kindergarten poem…all the real feeling a child often has when entering school! I’ve been doing programs the last few weeks on Starting School Jitters Be Gone…aimed at preschoolers and those entering kindergarten or first grade…next week I’ll be in Chicago at Lollie’s, a children’s boutique that is carrying my book for parents and teachers of preschoolers. I look forward to connecting with you.

  2. Lisa 24 August 2011 at 6:01 pm Permalink

    Hi Denise,
    I love your blog! Have a super day…
    Take care.

  3. Denise 26 August 2011 at 1:58 am Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words, Lisa. So glad you came by! Denise

    • Lisa 26 August 2011 at 7:51 pm Permalink

      Denise, give Avery a big hug… this is an awesome project! You guys ROCK!

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