Parker started preschool today. Can I get a whoop! Whoop!
I've been so excited for him to start. Not just for my 3 hours a day with just two kids, but Parker could really benefit from preschool. I can't say enough about how bright I think he is...of course I'm bias. I do believe, however, he is a little bit advanced in his level of brilliance. But his social skills are somewhat lacking. Maybe lacking is not the right term. It's more like inexperienced. We don't get out much. And Parker has never been to preschool before. I think this will be SO GOOD for him.
Kindergarten in Texas is like first grade everywhere else. It's all day. So his elementary school has a Pre-K program. Which is more like my kindergarten. It's three hours a day, five days a week. Which will be a MAJOR schedule adjustment for us. Especially considering we couldn't get him into the morning class. We're going to the afternoon class which disrupts nap schedules for all three of my crazies. I imagine will have a new routine in a month or so. Possibly even with earlier bed times. Can I get another whoop! Whoop!
We got to go to a back to school night last Thursday night to see the classroom and meet the teacher. It seems great. There are 13 kids in his class and two teachers in a cute little preschool room. I like that it's at the elementary school. There are a lot of extra opportunities. PTA starts right up with the Pre-K parents. And there is an auditorium with a stage and book fairs and a library and after school activities on occasion. There is an office with a principal. I think it will make the transition to all day kindergarten very smooth.
As I was taking the necessary first day of school pictures, I asked him how he was feeling about school. His response was, "Really shy. And a little bit excited and a little bit nervous." He's been nervous since we visited his classroom on Thursday. He is a bit of a shy kid, surprisingly enough. But he'll warm up in no time. He loves to learn and I can really see him flourishing in a classroom setting. I dropped him off without a hitch. No tears. Although he was VERY quite. We'll see how he does.
Does this look like a kid ready for preschool or what? Hard to believe he's so nervous.
He got to pick out his own backpack. And despite all my persuasive efforts toward the rockin' Burton or Billabong backpacks at TJMaxx, he picked Spiderman. I guess that's my concession. I never let him wear Spiderman shirts...it's the least I can do.