Whilst I distinctly remember Thomas leaping into my arms and whispering, "I want you to stay" as tears welled up in his eyes, Daniel barely waved goodbye as he walked into the classroom with his big, brown eyes trying to take it all in. Of course, he had the advantage of visiting the school almost every morning and afternoon as we did the drop off and pick up thing for the past year and the familiarity of not only the physical buildings but also many faces. He obviously recognises Thomas' teacher, knows his school friends and has even made friends with some of their siblings - some of whom will be joining him next year!
Today, Thomas' friend Kiara had her little brother Matthew attending for orientation so Daniel got to chat to him and play with him before going their separate ways into the different rooms. Once inside, Daniel had his big brother Thomas to show him around and guide him through various activities. Thomas' friend Jessica also provided assistance and his other friend Antonio welcomed him with a special card.
Daniel was thrilled with the experience. He got to play with equipment as well as joined in a singing game, plus he heard a story about a wombat and then got to make his own (Thomas got read The Rainbow Fish last year - bit more colourful hehe). I just hope he realises he won't be in Thomas' class next year! Hopefully, he'll be in a classroom with some of his friends but in any case, I'm sure he'll make lots of new friends :) Exciting times ahead as we prepare to move to the new school site as well!