Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Well it's the girl's first day of pre-school today. She is going from 9-11, Wednesdays and Fridays... UNTIL MAY! I can't believe it. 9 months sure seems like a lot of a commitment from a 3 1/2 year old.
True to self, Leah had a hard time today. It was Hello Day, so parents were spending the full two hours in attendance with their child. Leah really struggled with being somewhere new, being somewhere that people expected her to participate, and being somewhere that I might not be. We calmed the tirade of tears after the first 15 minutes or so, but all morning she kept looking back to see if I was there. By the end of the 2 hours she was warming up to things a bit. Luckily there are two other girls (out of the six total) that are in our ward. I'm thinking that things will start to going more smoothly when I'm not around. Leah keptlooking to me for assurance, although I know she is more than capable of surviving on her own. She just needs to know it.
Leah's teacher, Teacher Joy, is a woman in our neighborhood that has been doing pre-school for well over 20 years. She is wonderful! I made sure she knew what she was getting into with Leah (of course it isn't her first time dealing with shyness) and she said, "After Hello Day, I'll just want you to drop her off and leave. Not just outside the door, but get in your car and drive home." This was music to my ears.
I am optimistic about this whole thing, although this morning I had some serious doubts as to whether I was putting her in too young. Really, I feel that the major reason that I'm having her go to pre-school for two years, rather than one, is for the social aspect. Leah doesn't have any siblings at home to just be a kid with. I'm hoping that this year will be Leah's expirimental year (just feeling pre-school out, making sure it's a safe place), next year she'll really understand why she's there, and hopefully that'll put her right on track for kindergarten. School will be old hat. I'm crossing my fingers, really tight for that.
Oh, I love this little girl.