Little Ben-Ben started pre-school (Headstart) two weeks ago, and it was quite the adjustment. Actually, the adjusting is still happening. And knowing what I know about my little man, I wasn't really surprised that it's been hard for him. He needs time to warm up to things; Benjamin likes routine (more than your average 3 year old). The first day he was so excited to go. He'd been looking forward to going to school for so long, and hopped right on the bus when it came. I met up with him at school and helped him get situated. He said good-bye, and was okay, but I could tell he was nervous . . . especially since he didn't realize that I wouldn't be staying at school with him. The teacher sent a note home the first day and said Ben had a good day, but got sad (cried) a few times, but quickly got over it.
When he got off the bus the first day, he hurriedly said, "Mom! I cried at school and they didn't let me call you." But he said it in an excited, no big deal, kind of way. I asked how school was, if he had fun, what he did, and he said, "Great!" "Yeah!" "I played with a new friend, Ruby." All good answers. Then, he said, "But I don't want to go back tomorrow."
So, the next couple days got worse and worse, and I didn't know how long this pre-school thing was going to last. Then, on Thursday of the first week (he goes Mon. - Thur. 10:00am to 1:30pm) I offered to drive him, and it made all the difference. I think the bus thing was just too much, although he still rides it home. He still says he doesn't want to go, but he doesn't cry anymore and he tells me all about the fun things he's doing and all the new, little friends he's making. Sweetness.
Oh, and can I just say that I LOVE the headstart program. Benjamin's teacher is a fellow graduate of the El.Ed program at NMU, and I knew her from classes together. (There are also two additional aides in his class.) I am going to start volunteering in his class on Wednesdays, and I'm very excited. Once my kiddies are a bit older, I think this would be my ideal job to start out with! I've also thought about starting to sub. for the headstart program . . . and maybe in public schools too. I need to start getting back into the Education scene. . . nothing extreme right now, but little by little. :)