How kindergartners describe first day of school (with photos)

By Kelly McCarthy

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 5, 2013 at 12:22 AM EDT

Apalachin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) For thousands of students around the Twin Tiers, Wednesday was the first day of school in the next grade level. But for some, it was their first ever day of school.

A busy room of 5-year-olds Wednesday waited (not-so-patiently) for their final activity of the day. Their first full day of kindergarten ended with a song and a dance.

"It was a long day, so it was really long," said kindergartner Alexis.

The first day of kindergarten is all about learning how to navigate the halls of a school building and meeting other kids the same age.

"We'll listen and everything, but some of the kids they didn't," Alexis said.

The day is full of new experiences and a new list of rules to follow.

"That you be quiet and you have to raise your hand to say something," said kindergartner Sam.

Students aren't the only ones adjusting to a new schedule. The first day of kindergarten is new to many of their parents as well.

"It was OK, it gave us a chance to do some shopping, do something on our own," said Roberto Martinez, of Apalachin, "So some free time for us. It was OK, but still we miss him."

Families will have a lot to catching up to do before the next school bell will ring.

"They just came out and they told me he talked to the teacher and the friends," said Elda Lemmon, "So I'm super happy about that."

There will be more first-day experiences Thursday for students going off to Union-Endicott, Susquehanna Valley and Johnson City.