I have a 2nd grader, 1st grade & pre-k. Although lonnggg summer rainy afternoons, make me excited about school -- I also feel weepy. They are gone for soooo long. Why can't school end at 12:00?:)
The note idea in the lunch box -- my kids LOVE when I do that. Great start to the school year for your little one. Usually, I show the note before I put it in & read it -- a big heart -- i love you:)
We started a cookies & milk party every day after school. Sometimes it would be carrots -- or fruit & cheese --- so it isn't always the cookies -- but nevertheless, we all look forward to reconnecting right after pickup from school. Each child has a turn & shows artwork and gives me the pound of notices:) from the school each day.
Then they want to rush off & play -- but at least i've hugged, kissed, ate cookies & got to hear their little stories about the day. (I think I watched too much Brady Bunch -- they used to do that after school.) Of course, the stories continue later at dinner time. I think -- me -- the mommy -- needs cookie time more than the children do.
At breakfast, I show my excitement for the day (excitement is contagious) -- and what fun they'll expect at school today and what fun it will be for our snack time after school & maybe run to the park or whatever we have planned after school.
During the summer, we've been pretty relaxed & "educational" cartoons have played in the a.m. for a little while....but we don't do that during the school year, except for saturdays.
Hang tough - and never let them see your anxious.
(A mommy pal could help you get through the first few days. Preferably, one who doesn't have young kids. Her little ones will just make you weep or will make you extremely helpful to the mommy!)