Anya’s first day of pre-school

Filed under: baby's progress,photos,school — by Lauren on December 4th, 2008 @ 12:42 pm

Anya went to her first official day of pre-school on Tuesday. She’s been to Mommy & Me classes, day care, and her transition program before, so it wasn’t like it was her first time in a school setting, but this was her first day at school for the sake of going to school! She did great – not a tear when I dropped her off, and lots of smiles when I picked her up.  She really likes her teachers, and when I took her to the bathroom before taking her home, she said to me, “I have to go back to the room!  I need to say bye-bye to the kids and the ladies!”

We picked a two and half hours, two days a week program for her at one of the local synagogues. I liked it in particular because it isn’t one of those pre-schools that tries to promote its “academic focus” as a selling point for why you should send your child there. Come on, folks, these are two year olds! They don’t really need to go to school at all at this age. Her class is mainly about socialization and play time. They learn about the Jewish holidays and your basic pre-school topics (colors, shapes, community, etc.) but they don’t push reading or “school readiness” skills on them, which I love. They incorporate a lot of music and art into their schedule.  I want Anya to love learning and not feel burnt out before she even gets to kindergarten. The main reason we’re sending her to school at all at her age is because with the baby coming (assuming she ever decides to arrive), we wanted to make sure she had some structured, baby-free time for herself each week. It also give me a few hours a week to get some things done with just one kid instead of two.

5 Responses to “Anya’s first day of pre-school”

  1. Grammy Says:

    New version and style noted!

  2. Saina, Braiden & Noah Says:

    That’s great! The preschool and program you picked sound just perfect.

  3. Freya Says:

    Glad Anya liked MJC. You’ll have to let me know who all the “good” teachers are since Hayden will be exactly a year behind. I CAN’T WAIT to drop her off in September! 🙂

  4. Erica Says:

    That sounds awesome Lauren. Anya is very mature and sounds like she could do well just about anywhere!

  5. Lauren Says:

    So far it’s going very well and she seems to like it there!