Friday, August 31, 2012

First Day of Preschool 2

Oh my gosh my blog hates me. It's been so neglected this summer and I have so much to catch up on! Now that all three kids are back in school and our "in-school" schedules are firming up, I hope to have a little more time to things I like to do.

Aiden and I started talking about him going back to school a few weeks back and at that point, he wanted nothing to do with it. He words exactly, "No mommy! I don't want school! I stay home with mommy!" Ugh.

Then we went to meet the teacher. He has the same lovely teacher and aide as he did last year (from April to June), but his classroom is now in the new elementary school and is a lot bigger, has even more center areas, more toys/books, and overall just AWESOME. By the time we made it to the car, he was counting the days until school started.

As Aiden headed off to play with all the kids, I scoped the room. I was nervous because I knew the room was going to be a lot bigger, with windows, and no carpeting. I spoke with his teacher last year about making the new classroom a good listening environment for Aiden, and I have to give her a big kudos as she did a wonderful job making it as acoustically appropriate as possible. Such as:

  • Huge area rugs throughout. Now it's not completely covered, but each center area has it's own big rug.
  • Tennis balls on the chair/table legs.
  • Walls very well covered with bulletin boards, posters, etc.
  • The room is broken up into small centers/sections with tall bookcases, shelves, etc as dividers. 
  • Soundfield all set up and ready to go
  • Classroom is at the end of a hall that is not busy and the outside noise is very minimal since the room is on the opposite side of the building as the playground.
The only thing that didn't meet my checklist was that the two windows did not have curtains. 

This year, Aiden is going back to our district's special education preschool. There are eight or nine kids in his class and four of them are typical peers. He attends from 8:30 to 11:00 five days a week, and it is beyond perfect! This way we are able to fit in AVT, OT, and of course, MT (mommy therapy). I'm not ready to give him up all day and I absolutely love this schedule!

So without further ado, my four year old PRESCHOOLER, who LOVES going to school, knows all his classmates names already, and tells me about his day without me having to pull it out of him!

"Hurry mom! Where's my bus?"
"Mom! I HEAR the bus! It's coming!"

Oh my gosh I'm so excited!

Such a big boy!


Herding Grasshoppers said...

WOW! Sounds like his teacher is off to a fabulous start... and so is Aiden!


dlefler said...

I LOVE, love, love his excited face! Happy first day of school to Aiden! I can't wait to hear how his year goes - he is going to grow and learn so much!