The first day
Yesterday my little baby boy has reached another milestone. Yesterday ‘Timan’ had his first official day in ‘creche’, or preschool, or kindergarten, it’s all the same here in Paradise. From now on the tot will go to school for 5 days per week for 6.5 hours per day, for the rest of his life. No, not really, but you know what I’m talking about. And he is only 3 years, 5 month and 1 week old. Nope, I didn’t cry, really not.
Gone are the days of spontaneous trips to the beach, nobody is going to help me folding the laundry, baking new recipes, nobody is sleeping in with me until 7:30am (this has really happened, but only when I put dark towels behind the curtains to completely block out the light), but …
… different times are emerging on the horizon.
Not only will I finally be able to do a peaceful shopping spree without having anyone in the dressing room wanting to get out (to go potty or just because), I will also have blissful and relaxing times at the beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other. And most of all the fun in playing with ‘Timan’ will come back. All my chores for the day I will have accomplished by that time and the little one will have my undivided attention. This is going to be a win/win situation for both of us.
In November the tot already went to ‘creche’ for three familiarization days and even though he was happy when the three days were over, he was actually looking forward to go again. And on Sunday he told me ‘Mommy, you know, when you leave me there, I’m just gonna cry a little bit. I’m a big boy now, I’m not a baby, so I’ll stop.’
When we left home in the morning he was still in high spirits making goofy faces.
After arrival at the classroom he grabbed a toy to keep himself busy, but he was slowly getting a little uneasy.
And this time I didn’t make the mistake from the past to hang out at the school for too long. I told ‘Timan’ that I’m leaving, he stared to sob. I gave him a kiss and told him that I will pick him up in the afternoon, he started to cry. I left, he stared to scream. I waited out of his sight and after not even 2 minutes, the crying stopped. So I went back, peeked through the window and saw him peacefully playing with a truck. But I had to swallow a couple of times. Sigh.
And when I arrived in the afternoon to pick up the tot, everybody was quietly gathered around the ‘Miss’ and listening to a story.
But on the way home I realized that my legs and my behind will be super toned in no time at all because I have to climb the ’1000′ steps up and down two times per day.
After his first official day in ‘creche’ ‘Timan’ fell asleep before I even could put on his PJ.
Let’s find out how the 2nd, the 3rd and the following days in preschool turn out. Because ‘Timan’s academic career has started now, or so we were told by the ‘Head Teacher’. She was even talking about evaluation in preschool. I guess times have changed much more than I thought they have since I was a kid.
A little late I’m linking up my tots first day at school with ‘Yeah Write’, hop over and check out the other entries if you like:
Better late then never, right?
But first, please tell me how do you feel about ‘evaluating’ the skills in early childhood?