Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sep23_AnnaSchool

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.

8 comments:

whisperingwhispers said...

What a blessing when you find a preschool that everyone likes. I am thrilled to hear about all that they are doing there with the children, it truly sounds right up Anna's alley for fun and learning! Sometimes we as parents have to listen to that gut feeling, Great Job!

Orange Juice said...

it sounds like a really great preschool!!! I am so glad that it has worked out for everyone especially A & that she is doing well there. No doubt she is doing even better because of what you both for with her as well.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Sounds like a wonderful preschool and perfect for Anna! I'm so glad it's a good fit for everyone!

Elise said...

I like the idea of having different themes. Sounds like the teachers there are very dedicated and keen to cater to students individual interests and learning styles. Best of all is that Anna is enjoying it.

I've been reading through your recent posts and am very interested in all of the activities and resources you have been using with Anna. I am going to download some of those tracing sheets you linked to.

Susana said...

I am glad she is adjusting well, having fun--I know this eases your worries too. It's nice when you find a place that makes you both happy.

When I worked it was hard to find alternatives to the school closing times, so I know how you feel in this area too!

Kim said...

So glad this is working out well. I know you were worried!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

school sounds great. i am so glad that she adjusted well and that you have been able to give her confidence in herself to be strong and enjoy school

MaryAnne said...

I'm so glad Anna is enjoying school and that you are happy with it also! I've always wondered how two-working-parent families dealt with shutdowns and holiday times...