I was a little worried about getting O to school dressed, in good spirits and on time. He's been a real homebody lately, and only wants to stay home to play. I'll tell him in the morning where we're going that day and he'll usually says something like, "I think I okay" meaning he has no desire to leave or "How about we stay home, play cars? That's an idea!". So on Tuesday morning we talked up school BIG time. We told him how he was going to get to play with other kids, play with shovels and sand, and have snack with his new friends. That is probably the only reason I was able to get him in the car Tuesday morning.
Once we were out the door we had 40 minutes to get to school, which is more than enough drive time between home and school, maybe even double. Better to be early than late though, because once we got to school I realized I had forgotten to pack quarters for parking (our school is in a downtown area with very little school parking), so we had to walk over to Safeway (the only nearby place that was open before 9am) for quarters. We ended up only having 5 minutes to spare before his teacher opened the door.
The kids have about a half hour of free play (cars, dolls, dress up, kitchen, etc) / art/ playdough before getting outside for some play time. O's favorite things to do outside were digging in the sand and riding the little motorcycles. I was impressed with how well all the children did with listening to directions. After "recess" was dancing time inside, followed by hand washing and snack.
The children all sit at tables together for snack while the adults supervise and help with opening snacks and drinks. I was so proud of O for how he handled himself through the steps of snack time... standing in line to wash his hands, getting his little lunch bag from his cubby and finding a seat at a table with other classmates. I packed him a water bottle, pretzels and strawberries. Our salt-loving boy mainly snacked on pretzels and drank a ton of his water!
And of course this was a day full of first, because Owen also climbed out of his crib for the first time as he was refusing his nap. I thought for sure he would be in need of a nap after all the fun we had at school, I know I was hoping to have one myself! He never napped that day, and has not napped since. I'm not giving up on naps though. Today we have no distractions after lunch to keep me from getting him to nap, so keep your fingers crossed I can make it happen. I'm not ready to lose nap time.
And what first day would be complete without some kind of memorabilia to capture what he was like on that very day? I created this little My First Day of Two Year-Old Preschool interview myself with all the questions & answers I thought we'd enjoy being able to look back on someday. As you can probably see, O is really into dinosaurs right now! I just asked him these questions the day before school while he was having lunch and wrote down his first answer. My goal is to create a system, like I Heart Organizing's School Paper Work Storage system, to keep all of his school work organized for safe keeping through the years.
If you'd like a copy of the printable for your own use I've made them available in Google Drive, and you can print them here Preschool, Two Year-Old Preschool and Three Year-Old Preschool. They are definitely no perfect, but they'll do just fine as a memory keeper.
So today we're off to our second day of school -- wish us luck!