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Random Question: Preschool

For those of you with little ones in preschool, how are things going?

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Good she seems to be making friends and learning some things. No issues so far!

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We had a really rough start. Belle is very spirited and head strong and the Montessori preschool wasn't working at all for her. After about 2 weeks it seems like she finally "got" it and has been doing much better. How is everything going for you?

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Brandon's transition to school has been pretty smooth. He loves going to school and he's learned so much already. The school is really great. They offer enrichment classes so we signed him up for all of them (animaly class, dance, gymnastics, and computers) since the tuition was so low. They also do a lot of local field trips and they are very active in the community. Yesterday they had a teaching zoo come to the school and they brought all kinds of animals (beaver, goat, vulture, snake, lizards, etc).

With the baby coming soon I'm really happy that I'm going to have that three-hour break every day.

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Taylor's doing really well too. She loves to go to school. I'm excited because they're having parent observation day this month so I get to come into the classroom one of the days and observe and interact a little and see what she's doing. I am always asking her a million questions about how school went and what she did. I know I'm asking too many questions if she responds to me with, "grape". Lol She'll just keep saying "grape" for her answer if I keep asking. No idea where she got this idea... Blum 3

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"nori_garsi" wrote:

Brandon's transition to school has been pretty smooth. He loves going to school and he's learned so much already. The school is really great. They offer enrichment classes so we signed him up for all of them (animaly class, dance, gymnastics, and computers) since the tuition was so low. They also do a lot of local field trips and they are very active in the community. Yesterday they had a teaching zoo come to the school and they brought all kinds of animals (beaver, goat, vulture, snake, lizards, etc).

With the baby coming soon I'm really happy that I'm going to have that three-hour break every day.

That sounds like an amazing program!

Hayden goes 2 days a week. He is usually a little timid when we drop him off but they always say he had a good day. He seems to be learning a lot. We were working on addition this evening and he already knew some of the answers, like 2+2=4, etc. I ask him about the other kids in his class and he always says he doesn't know their names. He gets shy when I ask him certain things like that though. I don't get it. I think he knows some of their names and interacts with them, but it's like he's embarrassed to talk about it? Anyway, he really enjoys it. I wish we could afford to send him 3 or more days a week but we have my 2yo in 2 days a week too.

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Drew goes three days a week, to the same school he went to last year. Pretty easy transition since he went to the same building, and actually ended up (by luck of the draw) with the same teacher as last year. He was nervous about making new friends as the students in the class are different (only one boy is the same from last year), but other than that he loves school.

I can't wait until he's in Kindergarten and actually learns some content. He is academically pretty ahead of himself and I hope he's not too bored when he starts. The frustrating part is I know he's sort of behind in learning his social skills, so I hope that's what he gains this year from preschool.

ETA: Beth, what kind of school is teaching addition that early!? That's great. I think Drew's class is just working on writing their names, colors, and letters of the alphabet. I wish Drew's class did something like that. (I know that there are schools locally that would be more academically challenging, but like you said - the tuition is higher.)

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Jamie started this year too and he loves it. He goes 5 days a week from 8:15-1:45. He loves it so much. He begs to go on the weekends. So far it is going really well for him. I was the one who had a hard time with him going, I wasn't ready at all!

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Benny's in his third year so it's really old hat for him. Right at orientation he was just fine when he saw the awesome tool bench and tools the classroom has. There was just no transition issue at all. He's already made some friends, too. His schedule is from 9-3 which is perfect for my work day.

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Rachel has transitioned into preschool pretty well, first week she said that she played by herself and had no friends. Second week she started playing with a boy and a girl and she was very happy to tell me about it. Smile Her preschool hours is from 9am - 11.30am its not a long time but it gives me time to do stuff here at home.

She has progressed in terms of making letters too, she refused to do any kind of letters for me this summer though i tried several times . Now after just a month in preschool she is actually trying and doing an effort which is all i ask for.

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Carrie, our church has a preschool program where they go. They have math, Spanish, computers an several other "classes," I can't remember them all off the top of my head. They spent the last 2 weeks on colors and writing letters. I think they're working on lowercase letters now. I think he really enjoys the math part because he seems to be soaking it up like a sponge. He even knew how to write several numbers that I had never taught him. It's amazing how quickly they learn!

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Brady has done great transitioning. He is at the same preschool as last year, (the teaching one at my DH's high school) He goes 4 days a week (Mon.-Fri.) He loves going into school with Daddy and big brother in the morning. They have a special before school care for teachers at the high school so Brady goes in at 6:45 and comes home at noon. His actual class is from 8-11:30. He loves that he has so many "teachers" there is the lead preschool teacher, and aide, and all of the second year high school kids so it is basically a 1-1 ratio. There are 2 high school boys teaching this year and Brady just thinks it is so cool to have them as a teacher. They like to play super hero and truck with me, says Brady.
The preschool teacher asked me if I wanted to be the grocery shopper for the preschool (basically I shop every Monday for their weekly snack/project supplies from the grocery store) it takes me a half hour to do it on Monday nights. I usually go after dinner. In exchange for doing that, they waived his preschool tuition for the year!!! That is great for us, one less bill to pay!

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Sam has been doing ok. She likes to be there, but doesn't like when I leave. She is most comfortable with one teacher and pretty shy with the other ones. She doesn't have any riends yet, so she says. She says she doesn't like to talk to the other kids. A little worried about that, but she only goes 2 days a week so hopefully she will get better with that.

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Eva is doing great, it was not a big deal for her to start there (last month was when she began), because she had already been going to the pre-K-style daycare across the hall since one year ago.

She enjoys the activities and her friends, and there are lots of teachers, between the regular staff and the undergrad/student teachers. One of the best "teachers" at the daycare though left for another job and we really miss her, she was so great with the kids and she was always doing great crafts with them. But now that Eva goes to the real preschool program in the mornings (4 days a week), she gets to still do lots of crafts/activities. And everyone really seems to like her a lot so it's been nice.
It is great for me too since it's on the same campus where I work, and I found out I didn't have to pay the tuition since I work here! (I still pay the daycare fees though)

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Despite all of the predictions made by Ethan's teacher last year, he has transitioned very well. He loves school, and I'm always happy when I go to pick him up and he's not the one with the listening issue. He comes home almost daily with art that HE created. So far the teacher has not approached me with any issues. She does have some moments she doesn't understand him, however she did say that she has hearing loss issues and seems to be noticing a difficult time with more than just my son, so plans to get her ears checked. I am so happy we went ahead with putting him in 4k instead of holding him back. We will of course continue to monitor his progress, and make a decision about kindergarten at the end of the year...

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Awesome, Holly! It's amazing how our little ones will exceed expectations! I was a little concerned about Adrian because he has never been in any classes other than storytime at the library. But he is doing great! He is already writing his name, which is something he would never do for me. He never cried about me leaving him and has never had a behavior issue. I'm so proud of him!

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That's so great, both of you!

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Caitlin started in June in an all day daycare program, but she is in the Pre K class. She gets there around 7, they have breakfast and then start the program around 9 when all of the kids break up into their classes.

She just LOVES going there which makes me feel good. She loves her teacher, she has made tons of friends and knows all of their names. When she is at home, she "plays" school and all of her animals have her friends names.

She has learned how to spell of the months (her favorite job is calendar helper), they do a letter of the week, she can write the alphabet. She can spell and read a few common words like her name, mommy, daddy, grandma, dog (maybe that is it?), she can count to somewhere over 50 and she can do simple addition like 1+1, 2+2....pretty much anything that adds up to a number under 10.

She goes to a Kindercare, I cannot rave enough about their program there. I am just worried that when she goes into Kindergarten, she is going to be bored. We are thinking of doing private school because the district that we live in is terrible and I dont think they will challenge her enough early on, we shall see

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DS is having a little more trouble this year with drop off! I thought as they grew it would get easier and easier (not that it's been much of a problem before this), but seems as if he was even more separation anxiety this time 'round. Of course, I'm sure a huge part of that is that he's at a new preschool this year, but we're already two months in. Oh well, I'll just chalk it up to a phase.

We have our first "Parent-teacher" conference next week so hopefully we'll learn how he's doing in the classroom. I know he socializes just fine, and in fact, was at one of the kids' birthdays this past weekend having a great time with a few of the other boys in his class.

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We are going to have the first teacher - parent conference in the beginning of November. Rachel seems to be doing great so i dont anticipate any problems. I myself was a bit anxious when she started preschool due to DD behaving very people shy when in groups, my thoughts were how is that going to go when she starts in Kindergarten? I am guessing having preschool 4 days a week even if its just a few hours does wonders on the social skills.