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By Heather C.

My Cool Preschooler
Earlier this month I discussed being a back-to-school virgin. Here I am back with some updates.

Open House was on August 9th. I wasn’t sure what
to think as I was unfamiliar with the building my daughter’s class was located
in. (There was some confusion on my part about which school she’d be going to.
The preschool follows district lines of course but I didn’t realize that the
location that’s on the same street as me just a mile down the road is not in
fact the elementary school district we live in. Instead, we go about 1 ¾ a mile
– still not far at all! – to Lil’s school.) Once we saw the building and
classroom we were much more at ease. It’s a huge open classroom. There was a
wide range of stations to play at. Lily very quickly noticed a few popular toys
her old daycare also had and played with them as we chatted with her new
teacher.

It takes a very dedicated, amazing person to teach
preschool. Her teacher is absolutely perfect for her job. She has a teacher’s
assistant and there are nine kids total in the morning class that Lily attends.
Her teacher is organized to my level of OCD so we get along just wonderfully.
And best of all, Lily just loves her teacher. She connected to her right away
and almost every day I pick her up, Lily has chosen the spot right by Mrs. R in
circle time.

I’m still sort of in denial that an entire month has gone by
already. I remember my school days; the school year seemed to drag on forever
but not for Lily. In just this short month though, we already decided she will
definitely be going to the 4-year-old preschool next year too. The program is
great for her.  There was nothing wrong
with her daycare at all. We loved it there. But this program has really taught
our whole family a lot of new things.

1.       Lily
is learning to adjust to her independence. She does not have her Nana at school
with her anymore so she is learning to make new friends. She has learned to
really use her words to explain what she needs. She’s always been great with
vocabulary but can get very whiny as most kids do.  

2.       I
am adjusting to the new confidence of being out with three kids. I’ve only ever
taken them out when I knew I was meeting someone else who’d be helping me
before this. Now, twice a week I have to pack up all three kids, be on time,
drop Lil off, come back home, unload the twins, pack the twins back up, be on
time, pick Lil up, come back home, unload three kids. It sounds like a lot of
work. Two months ago I wasn’t even sure I could do it. But I do. And it doesn’t
stress me out. I actually enjoy it.

3.       One
of my biggest worries was having Lil home with me more. We fight a lot. She
struggles with respecting me and listening to me. I struggle with losing my
patience and temper. We’ve had a lot of nightmare-ish days. So when we decided
to go the route of preschool I had to really get mentally prepared for it. Much
to my surprise, the 3 hours she is at school is the perfect break during the
day for me to catch up on my work, snag a long shower while the twins nap,
enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, watch TV, etc. Sure we still have some three year
old meltdowns and tantrums but not once have I regretted pulling her out of
full day daycare.

So here we are, entering our second month of preschool. Lily
is learning. Mom is learning. And in the process, we are growing.

You can contact Heather by emailing her at heatherc@mumblingmommy.com.

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