|Carter walking into school with a teacher.|
|Elise enjoying the Children's Museum.|
|This is what Elise would do when I had to get her back in her car seat!|
|Carter's page he brought home, he told me they needed to find all the S's and color them.|
Thursday morning Carter decided he wanted me to walk him into school. After Elise insisted on walking and then ran off toward the toys once we got inside, trying to wiggle out of my arms when I picked her up to take her back outside, I told Carter it would be the last time I would walk him in and he was fine with that. Elise and I headed to the art museum for a special program they have called Museum Babies. Getting to take her to these programs two Thursdays a month has been a huge part of what kept me from getting too sad about Carter going to school. I took both the kids a couple times before Carter turned 3 and was too old for the program and they loved it. I was so excited to take Elise again and get to watch her experience the art and play with toys. The facilitator takes families into one gallery in the museum and then we head back to a huge room that is set up with toys. I love that they keep the gallery experience short for the attention span of the babies but actually take them in so they are exposed to the artwork. We went into a gallery with ceramic statues from ancient people who lived in West Mexico. Elise was actually way more engaged than I had expected, pointing and staring at the artwork. We weren't allowed to take photos otherwise I so would have gotten some pictures of her amazed face as she looked, it was priceless. There was a whole case of dog statues and Elise kept yelling "puppy" over and over as she pointed at them. It was definitely her favorite part of the exhibit. We were the first ones in the room with toys and Elise took off running, immediately knocking over bowling pins and getting to it. We slipped out a little bit early to pick Carter up and I was so excited to see him. I love how he jumps into my arms when he sees me. I love picking him up at noon because it's not as busy so even when I pull into the car line, there's usually no one behind me so I can get out, hug him, and then walk him to his side of the car. Right away Carter started telling me all about his day. He said his friend Wyatt wasn't there, but Locke was so he played with him most of the time. He refers to centers as the stuff set out on tables for them to play with. He said today it was store, puzzles, babies, books, and crafts. He said the craft was a school house and, sure enough, he had a construction paper school house he'd made in his backpack when I checked his backpack at home. He then asked if he could watch the Curious George smashes apples show at bedtime after his chores because that was the book they read today. He said his teacher said, "Next time you come back, we'll be tasting apples to see if you like them." He said one thing he learned was, close your books and put them away. That cracked me up! Of course, he also talked about playing on the giant slides and on the playground as well as let me know they had goldfish for snack and they are his favorite. His update on his crying friend was that she didn't need help today. He said she sat by herself for a little bit and was able to make herself stop crying. I thought it was funny how he said it.
|Elise playing during Museum Babies.|
|Carter's work he brought home in his backpack.|
|Carter's schoolhouse craft.|
When Carter was first starting school I was curious to see how much he would remember and how much he would share with me. I hated thinking he might spend 2.5 hours somewhere and then not share anything with me about what went on. That has been so far from the case. On his first day of school as we were driving he excitedly told me, "When you pick me up, I'm going to tell you everything I did at school!" It was a sweet sentiment, but I figured he wouldn't be able to tell me everything. I've been amazed at all the details he shares, even retelling me books nearly word for word. I know what he ate for snack every day and what he did during each scheduled activity. I'm sure there are some things he is leaving out. But between the little calendar we were given at back to school night with the major lesson for the day listed, the class schedule we received, and what Carter tells me I feel like I have a really good idea of what goes on. I feel encouraged that he tells me what his teachers say to him and I can tell they are all very loving and purposeful with the words they use with the children. I am also so very excited that he hasn't had a single physical incident with another child. That was my main fear going into this, that he'd hit, kick, or push someone at school. I am so proud of Carter and have enjoyed hearing all about his days at school so much. I picture myself looking back at his first year in school and I know I will appreciate documenting what he tells me. I also know many of you will get a kick out of hearing what a day in 3 year old preschool is like for Carter. I'm already loving my adventures with Elise and I know they will be even more fun as she gets older and can express herself more.