Forget it. Try as we might, as adults, it’s impossible to accurately recount how it felt to sling a backpack so large it could double as a pup tent during nap time over our shoulders and step into the classroom on the first day of kindergarten. There have just been too many memories — good and bad — in between now and then.
With most kids in the Valley now back in classrooms — the excitement of that first day still fresh in their minds, but fading with every homework assignment — I thought it appropriate to hear from someone at the very beginning of his academic adventure. Someone who can give us a visceral play-by-play that we can try and relate to our own faded memories. Someone who can recall for those who have forgotten, what it’s like being four feet tall and at the beginning of it all.
A five year old named Corbin.
Here, he breaks down first-day nerves, the best snacks and what it’s like to be the leader of the Yellow Group. And, in case you didn’t notice, he’s quite stylish. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind scheduling a few personal outfitting lessons in between learning about triangles and making new friends.
Gosh, was making friends ever as easy as simply asking someone to sit next to you? Here’s a quick recap of what Corbin had to say about his kindergarten experience so far.
First day snack: Angry Bird cookies.
First day nerves: Yes.
New friend: Josiah.
Learning about: Triangles.
Big promotion: Line leader of the Yellow Group.
President with the most swagger: Abraham Lincoln
Big get: A ticket (the good kind) to use to buy things.
What he wants to be when he grows up: A football player for the Seattle Seahawks.
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Cute! Enjoyed your interview with Corbin, he makes a “perfect subject”. You are good at interviewing little ones, you got him to talk. Usually at that age, they have a short attention span but you kept him interested. Good Job!!
Kendra Gilbert says
Thanks, Dorothy. Little secret… this was actually my second try with him. First day we did the interview after school and he was wiped out. Did it before school the next day and got what you saw here. Glad you enjoyed it!
Cecilia Cardoza says
Good Job. I couldn’t have done this good as a kindergartener.
Kendra Gilbert says
Thanks, Cecilia. Neither could I. He’s an awesome kid.