Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Endings, and New Beginnings

We recently wrapped up our tenure at a local co-op playgroup. This was a photo snapped of Kibi on one of our last days there. Notice he is still in a sort of jetlag haze since we had returned from our Montana trip only a day before. As a result, he sorta slept through music class. Ha!

My friend T. was the one who got me involved in the playgroup, and I'm glad she did because I think it was good for both Kibi and me. Kibi got a much-needed opportunity to socialize with other kids his age, and I developed good co-oping experience ... both are things that I'm especially grateful for as we embark on our next big adventure: nursery school!

Kibi starts on September 16th, and I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

I come from a family of teachers who happen to believe 2.5 years is too young to go to "preschool". So it was with some trepidation that I went ahead and applied to a few of them anyway. I'll be honest - everyone does it in this area. Not that it's a valid reason, but I'll admit I got sucked in to the thinking. And, truth be told, rather than doing it for any I-have-to-get-my-kid-academically-prepared-at-a-ridiculously-young-age reason, I quite simply wanted to join a co-op preschool, in particular, to a) meet more parents and b) give Kibi an opportunity to play with new toys and kids. Simple as that.

Well, we got waitlisted at the three places we applied to back in March, so I figured that was the universe telling me to wait a year. But lo and behold .... about two months ago we got a call from the school I liked the best, saying they had a spot open for us and would we like to join? I said yes right away.

In a way I'm a little nostalgic/emotional about sending him off to "school"... but I keep telling myself, it's just a two day Parents' Day Out program (Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm). LOTS of parents do it, and their kids survive. In fact, lots of kids actually benefit from it. And, as my husband and I have said, if it turns out he is terrified to be away from me two days a week for 3 hours at a time, we can always pull him out. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will work out, though. He seems up for a new challenge and if the "goodbye, Mommy" part gets to him, he can always be distracted by toys!

So... there you have it. For now we're getting all our supplies ready for "school". Sorta fun. And we get to meet Kibi's new "classmates" at a playdate tomorrow. Wish us luck!


Sweet Pea Chef said...

G goes on M/W same time too! :)

I think you will *love* it. I come from a similarly minded family, and I never once regretted putting R in preschool at 7mo and G at 18mo. They loved it!!

K is going to love it too. I just know it.

BigBi said...

Thanks SPC... I knew G was in a similar program and that honestly had encouraged me!

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