In my life not so long ago, I taught preschool. I was the one greeting them at the door, consoling moms who were nervous, and helping these little ones embark on their first big step into a life where they function without Mommy. Learning zippers, Velcro, washing hands, opening snacks, alphabet and numbers. I remember thinking about how hard it would be to leave your little one in a preschool, wonder what they are doing and if they are having fun. Of course being on the teacher side I knew they were having a blast, making friends and becoming more confident and independent each moment. But now the tables have turned, my old preschoolers are into grade school and I'm the one sending my little boy out into the world. Errr, big boy. I forget he's really not so little anymore. Yeesh.
We were all invited to his first day of preschool to see the morning routine, enjoy circle time and play outside! Daddy was able to take the morning off from work and so we could all enjoy together.
We have been counting down the days (and hours!) for preschool to begin! Jack was just buzzing around the house excited to start. We even picked out a special shirt for "Back To School" that Jack loved. Of course it was cool out this morning so he just wore a sweater over it!
Tiger wearing sunglasses and bouncing a beach ball. His life was complete when we found this!
Holding hands watching a big truck go by!
It was so thrilling to be apart of his first morning, even though I wasn't concerned about him going alone. It was fun to experience the thrill of new toys, first circle time meeting friends and zooming around the playground. Jack didn't want much to do with either of us, he was quite content to set himself up by the cars and play with the other kids :)
Phoebe even woke up to enjoy listening to some stories :)!
Jack is so lucky to have so many such sweet friends, and he loved getting to spend time with them today! It is totally comforting know they've got a little support when needed of loving friends for when the mommies aren't around.
One of the many things I LOVE about this nursery school is their collection of toys and decorations. I really feel like many of these toys are at least as old as me, if not older. They are in great condition and are just made better than so many toys you can buy today. The old school kitchen set from fisher price, the car ramps, and toy houses - so much awesome. It was all I could do to not go over and start pretend dialing on the real deal peacock blue rotary dial phone.
We ended the morning outside in their awesome backyard which is a mixture of pavement pebbles and decking all surrounded by a gorgeous garden. I want her backyard :) absolutely love it!
Thursday is his first day there alone, and he's pumped. He told me today that mommies weren't allowed, we should all go have a mommy party haha (but seriously Mom friends, coffee date Thursday morning?) Thursday we will party - toddler free :)! And the kids get to bring a special friend with them for circle time which will help adjust to being there solo!
Jack was pleased as punch to pose on the step when we were leaving. No he's not pretending to be a fish, he opted out of saying "cheese" and chose "I love schooooooooooool" haha.