Anna was extremely unhappy with her preschool lately. She goes for two mornings a week, and the situation escalated from grumpiness to crying to meltdowns over the course of the last few weeks. I can sort of understand why she reacts this way. Her best friends were older kids who graduated in June, and she doesn’t 7play well with younger kids. It also seems that the school shifted more into daycare mode, when the teachers just get the kids outside and let them play. Anna is not a big fan of this kind of play, she tends to get bored and antsy. It seems that every day she has an episode of crying and asking for papa. Still, we thought that the situation becomes better once the new school year starts, but a different opportunity presented itself. In January I put us on the waiting list of one preschool that was recommended to me by a friend, and completely forgot about it. Suddenly I got a call from that school – they had an opening in their class for 3-year-olds. We went to see the school, and all three of us liked it. This is how I imagined a good preschool to be – a cheery room, a reading corner, dress-up station, art station, blocks station. Toys and books are supposedly rotating every week according to themes. The group is big – 20 students, but they have 3 teachers for those 20, so the ratio is reasonable. I wasn’t in favor of big classes before, but Anna doesn’t get sick easily (and I hope this trend continues). Besides, I am hoping that there must be one or two children among those 20 that she will actually like and make friends with. So I am pretty optimistic about this change – she will start going 3 mornings a week once we come back from our vacation in August.