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A plot that focuses on a character's first day of school.

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Unicorndance on Oct 18th 2017 at 10:39:54 PM
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Unicorndance on Oct 24th 2017 at 10:05:32 AM
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"First day of school! First day of school! Come on, get up, come on! First day of school!"
Logically, everyone who has been to school has had a first day, and this is when that happens.

Sometimes, it's their first day at a particular school and they're a new student, but have been to school before, while other times, it's a young child and it's their absolute first day of school.

If it's a child, they may be nervous, or reluctant to go to school, but will generally learn An Aesop about how school is important and/or fun. They may not even want to leave afterwards.


     Films: Animated 
  • Finding Nemo begins with a clownfish named Nemo having his first day of school and getting kidnapped by a scuba diver after he takes a dare to touch a boat.
  • Inside Out has Riley, an 11-year-old girl, switch schools after her move as a minor part of the plot.

     Films: Live-Action 

  • In one of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, Manny has his first day at preschool and gets afraid because his classmates are in Halloween costumes.
  • Dilly The Dinosaur has two stories like this: In "Dilly Goes to School", Dilly starts school, and in "Dilly Goes to Big School", he moves to primary school.
  • The children's book First Day at Cow School focuses on a chicken named Daisy having trouble at her first day of school because, due to being the adopted daughter of a cow, she attended a school made just for cows.
  • Grover Goes to School, a book based on Sesame Street, focuses on Grover's first day of school.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone focuses on Harry Potter and several other children with magical abilities, including Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger being enrolled at a Wizarding School called Hogwarts.
  • The Muppet Babies book I Can Go to Preschool focuses on Kermit's first day of preschool. Baby Piggy Goes to Nursery School focuses on Miss Piggy's.
  • The Little Princess book "I Don't Want to Go to School" focuses on the four-year-old princess's first day at school.

     Live-Action TV 
  • Bearin The Big Blue House: The episode "First Day at Mouse School" focuses on Tutter's first day of school.
  • Sesame Street:
    • One episode focused on Abby Cadabby the three-year-old fairy attending a school with a bunch of fairy-tale characters.
      • In a later episode, Baby Bear started attending the same school.
    • In one episode, Elmo had his first day at preschool.

     Web Original 
  • The official website for Sesame Street had a game featuring Elmo's first day of preschool. He also gets read a book about a young fish called Henry having his first day of school.

     Western Animation 
  • The first episode of Milly, Molly, entitled "Monday", is set about two years before the events of the rest of the series and focuses on the children's first day of school and the beginning of Milly and Molly's friendship.
  • A flashback in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Cutie Mark Chronicles" tells about Twilight's first day at Celestia's school for gifted unicorns.
  • The Nina Needs to Go episode "To Preschool", Nina has her first day at preschool.
  • Rugrats had a few First Day of Daycare Episodes.
    • In "The Big House", Tommy gets dropped off at a daycare which nobody likes due to it being very strict. He meets a few toddlers who have been there before, all of whom have nicknames.
    • In "Dayscare", Chuckie and Kimi get dropped off at a daycare and Chuckie is nervous, due to mishearing "daycare" as "day-scare".
    • In "Educating Angelica", Angelica switches daycares and has to learn how to share.
    • In "Preschool Daze", Angelica switches daycares for the second time.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Lisa's Sax", a Flash Back shows the Simpson kids' first days at Springfield Elementary.
    • In "Bart the Genius", Bart is mistaken for a genius and transferred to a new school, his first day there taking up one scene.

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Oct 19th 2017 at 10:31:19 AM

  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Bart the Genius", Bart is mistaken for a genius and is transferred to a school for gifted children. One scene shows him trying to fit in on his first day there.
    • The flashback from "Lisa's Sax" deals with the Simpson kids' first days at Springfield Elementary.
    • The episode "How the Test Was Won" opens with Homer and Marge throwing a little "Happy New Year...of School" party for themselves after having to put up with their kids all summer.

Oct 24th 2017 at 10:05:32 AM

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