Saturday, July 25, 2009

Green_Frog_Room2 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.

5 comments:

The DeMarcus Family said...

I recently found your blog and really enjoy it! That's great you found a new place hopefully she will like. If it dosen't work out I think you should look into Montessori preschool. From reading your posts I get the "vibe" your daughter would really excell in that environment. My boys have learned so much, but they have fun while learning, at their own pace. I like it so much I have decided to go back to school and become a Montessori teacher. Good luck!

MaryAnne said...

The new preschool sounds much better, I hope Mouse enjoys it. My daughter would be unhappy in a daycare-type setting also.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

That's great news - it sounds like a wonderful preschool.

Christy said...

I'm glad you found something that will work better for you. Sounds great.

Myztic said...

I don't like daycare type of schools because hey they may as well be doing that at home then.. i'm glad you found another school and look forward to reading your update on how that school is :)
I've enrolled my son in january in a montessori school... i hope he likes it! :) otherwise my posts next year will be similar to this one hehe