Why yes, yes we did just move from Twos I to Twos II in February. Why yes, that was after moving from Toddlers to Twos I last October BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN TWO.
Again, the director wants to keep The Clique together. Again, she's in a bind because there is a large group of children ready to move into the Twos rooms, and she has an empty preschool classroom, so it's a workable solution. Wee One will have (YET AGAIN) a new primary caregiver, but other than that, not much will be different. New room, new person, same group, same ....
So they took "field trips" to the new room. Which has a large climbing apparatus with a loft, so all the kids loved the new room and had no issues. Remember, my kid is a freaking rock star, and I'm the one with major transition issues.
Then Shermageddon happened, and I was concerned about traffic for Monday morning. My college had not issued any statements or information to students, so I ended up posting announcements on Blackboard/email and Twitter, and trying to plan my life so I wouldn't be the loser that showed up late to class after telling my students they better not show up late for class. I was worried about having fall clothes clean for the cold snap that came out of nowhere, and the exams I would be giving that week, etc.
So I dropped her off at daycare, knowing she would be in her new room, but thinking that "everything else" was staying "the same".
Turns out ... that was my kid's First Day of Preschool.
I pick her up to find no care sheet filled out for her (normally I get something like this that says when she went potty, napped, ate, etc).
|This was the first one she brought home with no potty accidents. Yay!|
Instead, we received a general "Today" sheet that described how now they each have a job (Wee Ones is to pass out cups at meal/snack times), how there are "stations" in the room and the friends are learning that there can only be a certain number of people at a station at one time, how the friends were learning to use the computer, and there will be Show and Tell on Friday.
Also, with our Today Sheet came ....
The Preschool Newsletter, complete with a welcome for all the friends transitioning to preschool. Complete with a back page about tips for "students". Gah.
Wha ... what? Um ... ah ... uh ... wha...????
On Tuesday when I picked her up and had no idea when she'd slept, how much she had eaten, only that she'd had a potty accident, I realized that "everything else will be the same" was really code for "we are transitioning your kid to preschool and not really telling you so you won't freak the fuck out about it".
The only problem with that?
Most people know when their kid is starting preschool. They can take pictures "First Day of Preschool, look how cute!" They can mentally prepare themselves to transition from the world of "daycare", which is all about eating, pottying, and sleeping, to the world of "school" which is all about learning to be an independent person in the world.
Wednesday, I took my camera with me to drop-off. So here I document my kid's Third Day of Preschool.
|In the car on our way to the Third Day of Preschool|
|Standing by the fishtank at the Third Day of Preschool|
|Oh, yes, everything is JUST the same|
|Because she's always had a "job", right?|
|I guess Cup Passer Outer isn't grammatically correct|
Monday, September 12, 2011, my kid started preschool. She's not even two-and-a-half. But of course, she's doing great.