After the first day of preschool has passed

by beagooddad on September 8, 2006

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Geetle has now gone to school for a week and a half.  She was fired up and ready to go for the first day of preschool.  Last night as I was tucking her into bed, she asked, “Am I going to school tomorrow?”  I said, “Yes.”  She said, “Oh.”

The shine has started to wear off.  How do I plan on keeping her interested?

  1. Ask her how Sonny, the class hamster, is doing.  She loves that little guy.  He’s just so cute and tiny.
  2. Ask her if they read stories.  She likes to tell me that they sit in a circle during story time.
  3. Ask her what her favorite part of school is.  She always gets excited talking about the playground.
  4. Ask her if they are going to play on the playground again next time she goes to school.  She always gets excited telling me about the playground again even if we just talked about it in #3 above.

She clearly likes school but is having a little trouble spending so much time away from Beagoodmom and Mamaw.  Today she told Beagoodmom how much she liked being with her and how she was sick and needed medicine.  She has watched enough Arthur to probably know that you get to stay home when you are sick and has just enough of a tiny little eensie weanie cough to convince her that she is dying and should really stay away from the other kids.

She had some separation anxiety when she was younger that she mostly got rid of by doing an insanely ritualized goodbye procedure.  She needs hugs, then kisses, then a high five, then another high five, a high five through the front window while we are on the porch and she is in the living room, and then finally a wave and a “Bye Bye.”  Hopefully, we’ll come up with something similar for dropping her off at preschool in the next couple weeks.

Who would have thought that the first day of preschool would be easier than the next few?

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