It has been a busy couple of weeks for my family! My oldest (4) has headed back to his afternoon pre-k class for a new year of school. Alex has the same teacher as last year and a few of the same friends in his class. I didn’t realize how disappointed he would be to learn that some of his friends had moved on to kindergarten. It was only his first year in school and he didn’t have any playdates outside of class with those friends, but it still broke his little heart.
The first day went better than I expected. I worried he may regress and be scared for me to drop him off, like he was the first week of school last year. But as soon as we got to the lobby, he gave me a quick hug and kiss, said “love you, bye-bye” and went right on in, as if summer never happened. Phew!
It’s important to discuss school with your child daily, no matter their age. Sometimes it is hard to get an answer so you have to ask more specific questions than “what did you do today?” I ask him what book his teacher read, if he lead the Pledge of Allegience or class pledge as he loves to do, which friends he played with, if he played with the sand table or play dough, and what he drew in his daily journal. I love hearing the answers to all these questions as we walk the two blocks home.
And what about my littlest? He’s been staying busy too. Talking up a storm but we are still working on better pronunciation. He will be 3 in a few months and preschool is an option for next fall. Right now he takes a nap while his big brother is at school and gives me a couple hours of “mommy time” to regain my sanity or accomplish something :)
When I bought Alex’s backpack, I made sure to pick one that had a detachable lunch box. He’s only in preschool for 2 hours and doesn’t take his lunch, so why would I buy the backpack with a lunch box? For Evan of course! He loves feeling special, carrying his matching bag as he walks next to his big brother to drop him off at school. Usually it’s empty, but as the weather cools off, we may start packing snacks in it and walking to the park after school for a picnic!
So here we go for another awesome year in pre-k! I love seeing how much Alex is growing, socially and academically. I created a Facebook group for our preschool parents and teachers to easily communicate events, reminders, questions, playdates, or anything else applicable, and it has been a fun way to participate and feel involved.
How is the school year going for you and your children so far? Has it been an easy transition from summer? Did you hold it together and hide the tears or were you excited and jumping for joy? I’d love to hear your stories!
Also head on over and take a look at our List of Free Back to School Printables. Some are specifically for the first day of school, but others (like after school snack ideas) can be used indefinitely! And if you have a little one in preschool or kindergarten, they may enjoy our Back to School Themed Writing Practice Printable.