Preschool | The Life of K: Preschool

Monday, June 17, 2013

Preschool

My little man is getting so big. At the end of the summer he will turn 4 and head off to junior kindergarten. But for now he's a three-year-old preschooler.

Oh preschool.

I read through my posts about preschool before writing this today, on the day of his last preschool class, and I just can't believe how far we've come. How much things have changed since that first class 5 months ago. (The night before his first day, his first day, and three weeks in.)

Little J is pretty shy and ever since his sister was a few months old he's been home with me. He was a little older than 18 months when we pulled him out of daycare. Every so often I question my choice to stay home with the kids. I wonder if I'm doing a good job or if they'd be better off in a daycare setting.
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No smiles that day.

I knew preschool would be a good thing for Little J, but I was anxious. I was nervous that he wouldn't like it, that he would cry, that he wouldn't do well, and it would be my fault. But I knew it was something we had to do for him. The kid has to go to school eventually and preschool was going to be a stepping stone between being home full time and being in school full time.

When he started one morning a week in January it was awful. He cried and didn't eat his snack and didn't talk and once even left the room looking for me. I dreaded Wednesdays because I knew it was going to be hard starting from the minute he got up in the morning until we picked him up.

Slowly things started to change. It was the third week before he ate his snack. It six weeks before he tried to get out of going. In April I signed him up for Monday mornings too.

It's been 5 months and finally Little J looks forward to preschool. He talks about his little friends and about what book they read. He has a favourite game and has learned so much. When we drop him off he gives his sister a quick hug then me, and runs off to be with his friends. When we pick him up he talks excitedly about what they did that day. He shows off his artwork to his dad and sings songs he's learned.

My boy did well at preschool but it took him a while to get over his shyness and settle in. I'm glad we put him in it and I think it will make the transition from preschool to kindergarten easier. The proof that I made a good choice is in that smile.

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Cheese!

1 comment:

  1. Love the before and after pictures. Glad to hear that everyone is adjusting to their latest adventure.

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