"Strange crackers. I liked the milk cookies, milk and water. And I liked the tire swing."
This was Kylie's response on Wednesday when I picked her up from pre-school and asked her about her first day.
I was way more nervous than she as I walked her into her classroom that morning. Kylie is attending a pre-primary summer camp class from 8:30 - 11:30 each day. Her Montessori school campus is gorgeous, the classroom is large and beautifully clean with lots of little areas to explore. Kylie gravitated towards the fish tank of her classroom and I introduced myself and Kylie to the teacher, Ms. Robin.
Ms. Robin asked me to purchase 2 packs of organic crackers and six Elmer's glue sticks and then it was clear that it was time for me to go. I gave Kylie a high five, a hug and a kiss on her cheek and walked with shaky legs back to my car.
I drove to the nearest Starbucks, ordered a tall coffee, and reflected on the adventure we are starting.
I repeated to myself the reasons we are starting Kylie at preschool at 3 instead of at 4 like we had planned.
A. Kylie keeps saying, "I want to go to school. I'm big enough now."
B. She keeps saying, "I want someone else to play with."
C. She has had great behavior in her art classes, Gymboree classes, and other classes.
D. She is disappointed when we don't a class.
E. She seems to be hungry for more stimulus and more social interaction than I can provide. Even with a plate full of classes and tons of playground time, she wants more.
Those are the reasons I think Kylie is ready. Here are the reasons I think I am ready.
F. I am tired of feeling pulled in two directions all the time. Anytime I have to run errands or clean the house, I worry that I'm not devoting enough time to Kylie. That I'm not giving her my full attention enough.
G. I love being her teacher and introducing her to new ways to learn (any of you who have read the blog for a while knows this). But lately I've wanted someone else to take on SOME of that responsibility.
H. Our situation with not finding a good babysitter while in VA has made me a bit tired. Taking care of my darling daughter for the past three years has been a wonderful but very tiring time. I'm ready for a steady, dependable break- like the three hours she's in class each day.
After reassuring myself and taking lots of deep breaths (and drinking the entire cup of coffee), I was off to the Fresh Market to find organic crackers. I was smirking a bit and thinking "I hope I can find what the teacher talking about. We are Saltine and Ritz girls in our house. Organic crackers?"
I stood in the cracker aisle evaluating each cracker brand. Finally, I went with the crackers that had Organic written the largest on the box.
When I returned to get Kylie, I was hoping to have a chat with the teacher to see how she did. But I was told that Kylie would be brought to my car and to not get out of the car. The teacher opened the car door and said, "Good first day of class. No tears." Then she smiled at me and Kylie and walked away.
On one hand, I was thrilled that kiddo looked to be in a good mood. She didn't look like she had been crying at all. But on the other hand, I was rather disappointed to not know more.
Today was the same. They take Kylie from the car in the morning and they put her back at 11:30. No mention of the day's activities.
I asked Kylie about her day today and the most I can get out of her is, "I chased Ian a lot at the playground." I keep asking leading questions like, "Did the teacher read a story? Did you have a letter or number of the day? What did you do first? What was your favorite thing to play with? Did you sing songs? Did you have a lesson?"
You get the idea. The list of questions just goes on and on. And Kylie replies, "I don't know or I don't remember."
Sooooooooo, I'm asking you Moms out there in blogland for your help. What should I expect as far as feedback from the school. In a perfect situation, I would love to have a 15 minute chat with the teacher every day and learn exactly what the class did that day. As a secondary situation, I would love a slip of paper that says what story they were read, or what letter they worked on, or what lesson they learned or any dang thing about the three hours of class.
So if you have had/or currently have a kiddo in preschool or daycare, please let me know what you get for feedback about your child's day.
I'm going a little nuts not knowing.
And the pressure is on because if we want a spot in class this Fall at the school, we need to let them know asap.
By the way, beach time with Kylie is simply awesome!