Yesterday was my tot’s very first day of Early Education Pre-school! We’ve been so excited since the very first day we walked into the Early Education building, through the Screening and Diagnostic Testing, open houses and IEP (Individual Education Plan). We’ve been working towards this since May and we were as ready as we were ever going to be.
He picked out his own backpack at Target, obviously Cars 2 and he got the really cute little Dumptruck Thermos Lunchbox. We got most of our supplies there and at Family Dollar (he loves that store) and all of the supplies are shared through the classroom. Since it’s only a 3 hour day, there isn’t any nap mats or anything, but I had a lot of fun getting some of the things on the Teachers Wishlist! Most I had at home from what is called “blog swag”, things left over from reviews and such (like Food Coloring from McCormick’s). We were all set!
I wanted to thank a few companies that really helped with his first day and with preparations. I’ll have reviews up later for the items, but I really do appreciate the fact that they came in so handy and helped out so much.
- Mabel’s Labels – The Back to School Combo
- Rubbermaid – The LunchBlox Sandwich Kit
- WetOnes – Antibacterial Wet Wipes
- LeapFrog – The Touch Magic School Bus
I decked out all his things with Mabel’s Labels, packed his Dumptruck Thermos box with the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit and we prepared for ‘the little school’ with LeapFrog’s Touch Magic School Bus. He was so excited on his first day that we actually left 30 minutes early.
We arrived to see he had his own little locker / cubby with his name and picture on it. He spotted it right away and we put his things inside. Since we were early, we got to play a bit with him and the toys before leaving. He didn’t even bat an eye when we left since he was so enthused about all the fun things at his ‘little school’ as he calls it. Then when we picked him up 3 hours later we saw him singing ‘The Goodbye Song’ and he jumped up and down seeing Daddy. Everything went smoothly considering he’s never been away from us anymore than a total of 5 days in his whole life and then no more than 2 hours at most.
The only sad thing is that since he’s there to learn about language/cognition and how to communicate, we have no idea how his day went! We pieced together things he’s kind of said randomly, but otherwise it is just off what little the teacher can tell us. At least he was in a great mood and this morning he awoke with the same enthusiasm to go to school.
He has two teachers, his main teacher (for Cognition) and his speech teacher (for Language), plus a few Aides that help out in the classroom. Each of them have their own goals: The Cognition teacher for role-play, interaction with other children, how to follow multiple directions, etc. The Speech teacher with pronouns: I, Me, You (as in not himself), They and We and how to understand language and initiate conversation, etc. So he has a basis of where to start and a path this year.
They asked us during IEP (Individual Education Plan) what our hopes were and we said that he would understand things better, what people are saying and asking of him, and how to answer open ended questions (ie: What is the matter?). But I have a secret goal, just a little secret goal in my heart. I hope that by the end of the school year he will be able to say, “Hello, my name is Judah.” and one day, maybe, just maybe he could say (without anyone prompting him), “I love you Mommy.”
I can’t wait to see him after school today! We actually went and spied on him at the playground and he looked really happy, although he was playing by himself, he was happy jumping and clapping. It is hard seeing him and holding back from just running up and playing with him, but I know it’s another lesson he has to learn, how to initiate play with other children. So, hearts on our sleeves, my husband and I just wait hoping he has another really great day.
My little tot is such a big, big, boy and we are so very proud of him.