Summer Preschool: Week SEVEN and done!

New reader? Catch up on our Summer Preschool series HERE. There is a total of 7 weeks and this is the last one.

Day 19

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The hand-off:

I think I hung around for two minutes too long. Mia cried a little while saying “Mommy, no! I wuv you so much!” I was told she was fine a few minutes later, once she spotted the sand toys.

The pick-up:

I arrived a few minutes early and was able to spy on her through a window as she sat at a table full of kids, all waiting to be picked up. A cute little boy was siting next to her and had a concerned look on his face while looking at Mia. She kept saying “ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya.” He responded by saying “no” and then put his finger to his lips (as if to say “hush”). She replied, “No. Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya…..” Sorry cute little boy, but my kid is definitely going to be the one in class who does what she wants, acts silly when she wants and will even keep up her antagonizing behavior if she’s told not to. Daddy Dom and I are really in for it with this one. We already know, without a doubt, we’re going to have our hands full with our sassy pants girl. Apologies in advance to her class.

Day 20

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The hand-off:

Aw, man! She cried. She wanted me to hold her on our walk from the car to her school (I didn’t, though) and she didn’t want to leave my side once we were at the play yard. I was told that she cried for maybe a minute after I left, but I was still bummed that she did at all as I left. She had been doing so well. I guess we all have our days, right?

The pick-up:

Mia was in a different set of clothes from playing in the water. She can’t get enough of the stuff. There are plenty of water toys and buckets around this week because their learning theme is the ocean. Overall, she had a good day.

Day 21

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The hand-off:

No problems this morning. I figured we’d be in the clear since Mia got to wear her bathing suit to school! It’s tradition that on the last day of their summer program, they turn their play yard into a “beach” with small kiddy pools full of sand and water to play in and with. I had been building this day up for Mia and she had really been looking forward to all of the fun.

The pick-up:

She had a great day but was thrown off a little because the day didn’t go according to their usual routine. When she saw me at pick up, she started crying and needed to be in my arms. But in no time she was back to her cute self and said all of her good-bye’s to the teachers, staff and kids of the staff who became instant buddies with Mia over the last 7 weeks. Another sweet little girl (about Mia’s size) gave her two big hugs and a kiss.

Conclusion:

Well that’s it, folks. This concludes Mia’s 7 week summer preschool program. It’s bittersweet for me. I’m really going to miss my kid-free mornings but I’m thankful for even the chance to have had them. This preschool is such a true gem and I’m also so grateful to have found them and that they took Mia in and helped her through each tearful morning until she became comfortable in their care. Each staff member is so caring, patient, helpful and warm. They’re truly a little family and it’s clear how much they care about and love what they do. That’s hard to find. It’s because of their kindness and experience that Mia was able to trust being away from home and away from her family (especially me). I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have had such peace of mind, knowing that Mia was in a safe place, with amazing people and experiencing fun and social interactions and learning. This, I think, has been our best move as parents to date. I’m so glad we did this and I’m very much looking forward to Mia being enrolled into their regular preschool session in the fall (in 5 weeks). Until then, the kid and I will be attached to the hip squeezing out as much fun out of summer as we can before it comes to an end.

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Comments

  1. Aw she finished her 7 weeks! It’s so nice to see how much better she was with being dropped off and picked up. Gives all us stay at home moms hope for the future when our kids go to school! Loving her Chucks :)

  2. Oh my gosh her little outfits are just beyond cute! Her preschool program sounds SO perfect! At this point I am planning to keep Asher home this year but honestly I think that he might really enjoy going to preschool. I’m going to just keep things up in the air; I might enroll him in a program at some point this year. :)

    • Ha, thanks Gillian. This program IS amazing and I’m so lucky to be a part of it. I think only you know when it’s best to enter your kid into “school”. If you’re not ready, then it might not be a smooth introduction. I really like how this program that my daughter is in has many different schedules that I can choose from. 3 days a week for only 3 hours a day definitely made the process doable. Good luck with whatever you end up deciding to do!

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