Holding onto my baby just a little bit longer
Our 5 year old has entered a new season in his young life, preschool. Based on the recommendations from the parent-child observation group we participated in last month, we enrolled Clayton in the part-time (2-day a week) program at the preschool Ashleigh attended. The teachers and counselors from the observation group felt Clay would benefit from having classroom experience before starting kindergarten in the Fall (he's been at home since birth). And socially, it would help him gain some confidence. Since outside of familiar people/situations, Clay tends to be very introverted.
So far, things are going well. He doesn't push us out the door as eagerly as some of the other kids do their parents. However, the teachers say he settles in nicely during the day. He most enjoys going outside and playing basketball and of course the snacks!
Our biggest preschool challenge maybe coming up this week though - the Easter Bunny! Clayton does not like mascots of any variety - Red Robin, the Chick-Fil-A Cow, the Monkey at Monkey Joe's. So I'm not sure how we're going to handle the Easter Bunny's appearance at the Easter egg hunt. I certainly don't want Clayton associating preschool with mascots or he'll probably never want to go back!