It's hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and soon enough we will see Christmas decor overflowing the aisles of retail stores. All signs that it's time for kids to begin or go back to school. I am trying to mentally prepare myself on sending my eldest son to preschool. Yes, it may only be twice a week for a few hours each day, but those are hours spent without me there and it's hard not to think about how he is no longer my little baby boy.
I already know that he does not need to go to school at so young of an age, but for my son he craves friends and loves activities so we know it will be great for him. We have been preparing Calvin for his new adventure in little ways. We point out his school every time we drive by it and talk about the importance of being kind to our friends and listening to our teacher. Part of me wishes that there was a double sided mirror or a live camera so I can watch all of his little interactions. So that I can give him a kiss when his feelings get hurt and watch his excitement when he plays on the playground. As much as I can say we are doing this for him, we are also doing this for us. Since Calvin is our first, everything with him has always been trial and error so to speak. With firstborns (I was one of those, too!) parents try different parenting styles to find what works best and for now we think this is what is best for all of us..
When looking into preschool for him, we were looking for only a handful of things:
- Safety - High door knobs for exiting/entering the facility and a strict policy of who can drop off and pick-up kids.
- Big Playground - It was important to us for Calvin to have a lot of area to roam, explore, and have fun things to jump on and ride with.
- Cleanliness - Yes, kids are dirty and mess things up but it was important to me that he goes to a school where the carpets and bathrooms are clean and that the school didn't have a funky smell (some do!).
- Kind Teachers - Calvin is still young and it was crucial to me that he has a teacher that was mother-like and gentle. Of course, teachers need to make sure there is order but I wanted him to have someone that was patient and loving too.
- Diversity - I grew up with friends who had many different backgrounds and nationalities and in order for him to prepare slightly for the real world I think it's helpful for him to learn to play and make friends with a variety of people who are not all like him.
I am thankful that we found a great school for him and hope it will be something he will look back on with fond memories (or at least that he can remember through pictures). We are looking forward to having him come home and telling us all about his day. I am sure he will be begging to go back to the classroom on the weekends. The idea that he will be making friends, learning about Christ, and be able to release energy in a safe learning environment excites us. My favorite quality about him is his love for people and how social he is.
We don't have our next fifteen or so years of school planned out for our boys. In a few months or next year we may decide to home school or do a hybrid/charter version, but for now we are focusing on the little adventure of preschool. Max and I will be using those two days to bond together and to get some daily errands done. Our lives are about to change in a small way and it only reminds me even more of how much we need to cherish every little moment with our kids. It really does go by too quickly! I may always look forward to nap-time and bedtime for a break, but there is nothing I find more joy in, apart from Christ, than loving on my little Davis boys.
Are your kids getting ready to start school again? Do you home school or send your kids to public/private school? Any advice for moms just entering into this stage of life?