Anna’s preschool had a Back to School night for parents on Wednesday. It was a chance to meet other parents and spend some time talking to teachers. All the teachers only had positive things to say about Anna. According to them, she adjusted greatly, contributes to discussions, likes arts and music and starts to make friends. I can also sense a positive change in Anna’s attitude to school. She still doesn’t relish going, but she is not in a bad mood on school days and immediately lets go on drop off. She still digests many of the things, but she is more and more positive in her comments about her teachers and her classmates. And I really like the program she has. Every week they have a theme, and every day they have different activities – dress up, story time, songs and arts that are somehow related to the theme. They also have a lot of theme-related props to play with during their free play time. For example, right now the theme is “community”, and they have construction vests, fireman hats, policeman uniforms in their dress-up corner as well as themed books, puzzles and building sets. The teachers describe everything on the board, so the parents can get a good sense of what books the kids were reading, what songs they were singing. All three teachers seem very warm, have a lot of experience and genuinely enjoy teaching and taking care of little kids. I am so happy that we went with our gut feeling and moved Anna to this school. My ideal preschool suddenly took shape right in front of my eyes. The only complaint that I have – a lot of holiday shutdowns and additional 2 weeks shutdown in August. It’s not a problem for us right now, but the family with two working parents always have to scramble for alternative care on such days.