Last fall JDaniel went to preschool for the very first time. He was excited about getting to go to school. Selecting a backpack and getting new sneakers had him anticipating how wonderful school would be.
The reality of actually getting in the car and going to the school was hard. Walking into the classroom unassisted was a challenge somedays. Making the change from being home with me to being with others for a few hours was not in his plans he would tell me. He in fact told me that he wanted quit preschool more than once this year.
Making new friends was hard too. Thankfully he had best friend in his class! Unfortunately he didn't think he needed to have any other friends. One was plenty he thought.
We talked through his fears and challenges to change. We prayed before school about how things would go at school. We read books about people that had learned to like school.
Despite everything I did, it was the teachers that JDaniel had this year that made this change from home to school really work for him.
So, I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. D and Mrs. G for all they did for my guy this year.
I brought to you a little lamb who was afraid to join your flock. You shepherded him into your classroom each day with love and welcoming words.
When he needed to face the fact that he couldn't always sit beside his best friend, you helped him find new friends to sit with. It was hard to have his best friend want to make new friends and sit somewhere else during snack and work time, but you helped him overcome the challenge.
You encouraged him to explore new concepts and express himself in new ways. JDaniel isn't very big on coloring but he did make wonderful drawings of sea creatures and other things with you.
Drawing of an Octopus, a Squid and a Cuttlefish
Going from two days to three next year may be a challenge for us just as starting school was this year, but ladies you have helped him learn how to leave the nest. JDaniel will have the experiences he had this year at school to look back on and remember. We will be able to talk about how he overcame his shyness and made new friends. He will be able to tell me about how he learned to share his thoughts at circle time after months of your patient encouragement.
Three Eggs in a Nest
My husband, son and I will always be thankful for all you have done for us!