For the parents of a first-grader in Florida, simply asking their son what he did on his first day of school this year was not enough.
“We wanted to see what it was like to be a first-grader on the first day of school,” May Weber told ABC News.
Weber and her husband, Tim Weber, of Tampa, strapped a camera onto the chest of their 6-year-old son, Andrew, Tuesday for his first day at McFarlane Park Elementary in Tampa.
“I have that challenge every day when I pick my children up from school, I say, ‘How was school? Tell me about your favorite part of school,’ and I always get that one word answer,” May Weber said. “Now I know maybe different kinds of questions to ask about their friends.”
The video shows Andrew walking down a shrub-lined street on his way to McFarlane Park, walking into the school’s decorated hallways and getting a hug from his new teacher, all from his own chest-level perspective.
“I was impressed by what the perspective was of a three-foot something child,” Tim Weber said. “How big everything was, the furniture, how big adults were, how big some of the other kids at school.”
“I think we sort of forget that perspective,” he said.
Andrew himself says he had no qualms about meeting his classmates while wearing the video camera, claiming that it was the object of envy in his first-grade classroom.
“My friends wanted to wear it,” he said.
Both Andrew’s teacher, Arianne DeClue, and the school’s principal, Denyse Riveiro, say they are using the video footage as a learning tool.
“On the first day of school everyone has nerves and jitters and it was exciting to see what the kids felt,” DeClue told ABC News.
“I thought about from the child’s perspective, what it looked like, what they were experiencing, the social skills, the developmental skills,” principal Riveiro said.