Monday they left their parents and took their places behind neatly laminated nametags at desks that are only knee-high to most adults. By 10 a.m. the students were already making a practice run through the lunchroom line and half an hour later they were sitting cross-legged on the carpet while Huff rehearsed the alphabet with them.
“It takes several days of going over the rules of how we do things,” said Huff. “Just getting in a line is a procedure.”
Huff has been greeting kindergarten students on their first day of school for about a decade now and she said every first day is the same, usually. Huff said while parents are often reluctant to let their children go, the kids are excited to explore the classroom.
“A typical first day in kindergarten, usually the kids are much more excited than mom and dad,” Huff said. “It’s harder on the parents.”