After much deliberation, we had Soren start preschool at Clark College this fall. We were so excited to have him start going to school for socializing and learning. About a month before we started him, they (thankfully!) changed their mask policy to all children over the age of 2 required to wear masks. He started on 9/13, and leading up to that was lots of tears. He kept telling us he didn’t want to meet his teacher or any new friends.
The first morning he cried most of the way through the morning routine. He told me he didn’t want to bring figgy bar snacks because his teachers don’t know about them, but he could bring blueberries because his teachers do know about them. We had to pry his arms off my neck to get him into his car seat. Drop off was quite sad, but we heard from his teachers that he recovered. When I picked him up, it was quiet time. In all of our discussion of school, we forgot to talk about quiet time. He had told his teacher he didn’t sleep on a mat, he slept on a bed. Then he told me he didn’t like the tall ceilings of his classroom.
The rest of the week slowly improved. It really had no where to go but up after the second morning when he told me that he would ask Adam to put his lunch box up so high I couldn’t reach it. Week 2 had started off much better- he actually had good things to say about school when we were chatting at dinner. He likes the fish tank and that he even got to feed them once. Sloane has been super understanding and patient with Soren- like giving him her last strawberry at breakfast the first day because he wanted more, and reading him a story in the morning to distract him. Having an older sibling going to school has been a good example and helps him feel like he is growing up too.