When I pick him up, his teacher assures me that he cries for a bit, calms down and then has a great day! When I ask him about it, he never has too much to say and tells me that he doesn't like school. If someone else asks him about school, he sometimes has good things to share and other times gets all quiet and depressed. He is only 3 (just turned 3)...he is too young for emotional stress!
This whole ordeal has me dreading Wednesday and Fridays. When I wake him up and tell him it is a preschool day, his whole cheery demeanor changes. This has me wondering so many things! Is he too young for school? Should I pull him out and pray that we don't go through the same ordeal next year? Should I continue to be upbeat about school and encourage him to continue? Should I give myself a deadline (January maybe) that if he is not liking it better, then I pull him?? I know it is only going to get worse with the arrival of the baby. Oh what to do???
On a positive note, there is no place (other than home or with close family) that I would rather him be than this preschool. The teacher's are amazing and love each and every child already! They are so quick to scoop Z up and make him feel better. They know all of his interests and even brought in some soft golf balls to help cheer him up. The class only has 13 children and from what I can see, they are all great little kids. I love that there is a parent volunteer in the classroom everyday and that the philosophy of the school is all about friendship and community.
My mother and S like to remind me that I too have a hard time with transition and change. I always had trouble adjusting to new school situations. Z is just like me in so many ways and I like to think that this preschool is a good place for him to explore his world and work on peer interactions. I hope that with time (and lots of patience) Z will learn to love school, just like I did (after all, I became a teacher!).
***Thanks to all of you for your support throughout my pregnancy. I apologize if I have been a bit whiny and hormonal :) It has been really nice to have you all here by my side for the last few months. I am looking forward to introducing you to our little peanut soon. Thanks also to those of you who have submitted guesses in my baby game :) It has been really fun to play a Blog Shower Game ;) If you still want to submit a guess, check out this post. You have until the baby is born to submit your guess!***