Thank you to everyone who entered our Preschool Essentials Sweepstakes. We loved reading all of your favorite preschool memories. Music, reading, and arts and crafts, especially finger painting, were beloved activities. Nap time and snack time were also highlights in a preschooler’s day. Meeting new friends, some lifelong, was a cherished memory for many. Preschool clothes – selecting that perfect outfit was a weekly / nightly activity. Tears, from both parent and child (not always at the same time), were also a re-occurring theme among the memories.
After reading hundreds of preschool memories, here are some of our favorites and a true testament that children do say the darnedest things!
Our Favorite Preschool Memories (as shared and in no particular order):
Me crying and my son saying to me “don’t cry you can come pick me up in a couple of hours” – Alejandra
Our son was so excited about his first day at preschool. I picked him up at 12 and asked him how he liked his first day. He told me that first they told each other their names. Then they finger painted a picture, had some milk and cookies and then went outside. He looked at me and said “mommy, I didn’t know school would be so hard, I’m ready for a nap!” – Laura
On Hannah’s first day of preschool, both mommies and preschoolers went together for an hour. On the second day of school the preschoolers went by themselves for an hour. I told my daughter Hannah that Mommy would be going with her on the first day but on her next day of school she would be going by herself. Hannah’s reply was, “But I can’t drive the car by myself.” It was so funny! – Jen
Leaving on Tuesday, her teacher said, “See you Thursday!” She looks at me, and says… “They think I’m coming back.” And giggles. – Leslie
I remember my son coming home from kindergarten class. He told me he was the teacher’s pet. He had been crawling on the floor and she had asked him if he thought he was a pet. – Doris
First day of school, I was so sad. And as the tears silently rolled down by face, my then 5 year old reached over and patted me on the shoulder and said, “Don’t worry, it’s just school. I will be here all day and I will be waiting for you right here at the end of the day, Ok?” – R. Cherie
My favorite memory is actually mine. Before we had snack we had to thank God for something. I would always thank God for toys. The teachers told me I had to pick something else like my family. I then thanked God the next day for my parents for buying me toys. Then they told me I had to say something else so I thanked God for money because that let my parents buy me toys. When my mom picked me up I asked her what incorrigible means. – Danielle
I went to preschool with one of my best friends. He was always biting the other kids. When our moms would pick us up each day I would promptly tell them, “Scott only bit 2 kids today!” Good times! – Jill
Although few memories of my preschool days still exist, the most vivid are of days on the playground with a friendly boy who would one day become my husband. – Lindsey
My mom tells the story of coming to get me after my first day of preschool and finding me out in the hallway in my cot. The teachers didn’t know what to do because I wouldn’t go to sleep and kept singing “you are my sunshine” and they didn’t want me to disturb the other kids. - Kim