Before I forget, I wanted to write down about Corey’s 1st week of school.
He had a few preconceived ideas about school. He looked out of the window the first morning, asking when the school bus was coming. I had to tell him I was going to drive him everyday. I felt him relax a little. As we were running out the door, he got confused again and asked where his lunch box was! I said I will be picking him up before lunch so he won’t need to eat there. He then smiled at me! I dropped him off and they had a routine down: put your bag on the hook, put a sticker on your folder, wash hands and find an activity to play with until circle time. I left him in someone else’s care, that was not a member of our family, for the first time ever. I held all of my emotions in then and when I got home while I stared at the clock. Lily helped a whole lot. We went to go pick him up at 11 and he had the biggest smile. He had a lot of fun. He told me his cousins, Kaitlyn and Luke, were not there. He was pretty confused about that but he understands now that they go to a different school
The second day was really difficult. He didn’t want to get up for school and he cried while I got him ready. He was so sad when I dropped him off. He kept saying he didn’t want to go to school. I was sad he felt this way. He did his routine of book bag, folder and hand washing. He was holding back tears when I let go of his hand and his teacher, Ms. Robin, guided him to a table for activity time. He gave me a slow, small wave as Ms. Robin gave him a hug. I left with a lump in my throat. I couldn’t wait to get back to pick him up. When I did, he came out with a big ol’ smile on his face. His teacher said he did great. I was relieved. We left as two little boys shouted, “Bye Corey!” to him.
Day three was quite different than the last two days. He was pretty hard to wake up but when he was fully awake, he was excited about school. He ate a bowl and a half of cereal. He was really happy but had a small hiccup when I took him out of his car seat. He was sad again and said he didn’t want to go in. I took him in without a fight. We did the routine and sat down with a boy who was doing a puzzle. I dumped one out for him and he started putting it back together. He didn’t even look up to tell me bye! I was back to get him right on time & when he saw me, he gave me the biggest hug. I got the two kids in the car and he proceeded to tell me, as excitedly as possible, that he loved school and that he was going to go back and he liked his teacher, Ms. Robin. He kept saying, “YESSSS, YESSS YESSS! I LOVE SCHOOL!”. It was a great end to the first week. & with all the art projects, I am starting a binder for all of his preschool masterpieces!
In 10 hours, he will be starting his 2nd week. Hope we do as good as Friday!