Today Jake started preschool. He will be going two mornings a week. He was super excited, if you cannot tell by the face! I decided to send Jacob to preschool for a few different reasons; he loves other kids, the baby is coming, and I believe in schools. I have nothing against homeschooling and feel it is the best option for many families but for Jake I know he will love school and flourish in that surrounding.
He was ready for a preschool program, although I do not know if I was! It was a little too easy for him! I dropped him off and he went right over to the trucks and started playing. I told him I was going to leave and he didn't even look up! He just said, "bye, ma" with a little wave.
We did a lot to get ready for the first day of school. I started talking about school in general first. Just telling him about school and what kids do at school. I pointed out schools when we drove by them and talked about friends going to school. Next, I started reading books about school. This was followed by a lot of conversation. Then we talked about him going to school. I went through the whole process of mommy and daddy dropping him off and saying goodbye. I told him some of the activities he would be doing while in school and that he would play outside with friends. I told him I would pick him up after lunch and I went through what I would say, "Hi, how was your day? Did you have fun? I missed you!!"
We went through this whole process for months and the last few weeks daily. He was more than ready by the time school came this week. He spent the morning at school without tears! It was a great day!