Brookston started his new school this week! Yes, they started on August 2nd! Early huh? Only a week earlier than the public schools, but a MONTH earlier than his old school (Mother's Day Out) would have started! Mama was excited about that since I could tell he was getting a bit bored of our daily grind!
Anyway, we were planning to go back to the same MDO program as last year (3 days a week for 4 hours), as we had no complaints and really loved it! Certainly helped that it was RIGHT across the street from our neighborhood so I could leave at 8:55am and have him there by 9! But, we got a phone call from the school we had been on the waiting list for since Brookston was just 18 months old! The call was only like 10 days before school started, so we had little time to think, react, or plan. It's 5 days a week, for a half day (8:30am til 12:30pm), but will go to 5 days a week, full day next year. So, we were a little hesitant. But this was what we've wanted all along, so we went for it!
Brookston LOVES "new"! New school, new teachers, new friends...he was excited! He walked right into his classroom on the first day and barely looked back to wave! Apparently the only thing that upset him was when it was lunch time on the first day, he wasn't done with his painting for Daddy! But otherwise, he's been having a blast!
School is a bit further (takes about 13 minutes and it's interstate, so I'm always worried about traffic or an accident making me super late), the hours for half day are 8:30am til 12:30pm, so it's a bit more difficult to plan the rest of the day to have any entertainment for Kaisley...but so far, it seems like we've made a great decision.
The teachers are great (and I know Brookston loves them as he gave them hugs when he left today), he's having fun, he's already come home with some new facts (like yellow and blue make green, which he learned when he was finger painting with yellow and blue), he's done some fun projects (like gluing shapes together to make a schoolhouse), and did I mention that THEY provide breakfast and lunch! Yes! That's right, mama doesn't have to pack anything! :) Plus, I'm already developing what I hope is only an involved parent/teacher relationship, not an annoying parent/teacher relationship! I like getting a few details from his day...last year I felt like I stayed too quiet and never knew a thing about Brookston's day!
Okay, last funny fact. Nap time for those kids that stay all day is from 12:30 til 2:30, they start winding down at 12:15. Pick up for half day kids is at 12:30. So, the last 15 minutes for half day kids is quiet time, reading books or coloring. Well, Monday through Wednesday Brookston's only complaint was that he wanted to sleep on the little blue bed (a cot), just like the other kids! So, we brought his blanket and baby (his lovie) with him on Thursday and he was happily laying (wide awake) in a cot! He was excited to lay on the little blue bed. Guess who wasn't laying down today, Friday! LOL! Guess the excitement was over once he tried it and realized it's not that special! :)