For some time I have been very worried abut my little boy’s first day at mainstream preschool. My greatest concern has been that he would be so frustrated with not being able to make himself understood that he would react badly. I was anxious that he would shut down and forget about communicating all together. I was also worried he would get so frustrated it would cause him to melt down into a tantrum. I was worried that a bad start may set the scene for his preschool year. A year that is meant to be full of fun, wonder and adventure.
I am thankful to report, that even in the face of my worries, Buster’s first day at preschool seemed to go astonishingly well!
In the morning he was excited and enthusiastic, ready to go! We put his uniform on and he strutted proudly in front of the mirror! He ‘helped’ pack his lunch box and his bag, just like his big sisters do and was raring to go!
‘’Our first stop in the morning was to take the girls to their school. Buster would point to himself and say, to anyone he could find….
Once we got to Buster’s Preschool, I was so thankful to find that his teachers were just lovely! I explained to them his speech difficulties and they were very understanding and supportive. They even offered to make flash cards for him if he needed them.
Buster happily played with puzzles and toys until it was time for us, the parents to leave. I told my little guy he was too little to go to big preschool. I wrapped him up in a great big cuddle and sprinkled him with kisses all over his gorgeous little face! I told him that it would be best if I took him home, to have a nap and
“….cuddle and kiss him all day…..”
But, my dear little boy, screwed up his dear little face and very clearly (and loudly) stated
“…Nooooo! I stay here ….you go now mummeeee!....”
Causing giggles and laughter from the other parents, preschoolers and even the teachers!
I left with out even a tear from Buster….although, I think I had some sand caught in my eye……
Can you imagine how thankful I was when I returned to pick Buster up and the first thing the teacher said was
“….He has just had the best day….”
His teacher went on to say that his speech difficulties didn’t affect his interaction with the teachers and the other children. He was sociable and out-going and happy!!
…..I was so happy I almost cried!
I am so thankful that buster had such a great first day at preschool! I feel that this was a very important hurdle for us to overcome. Today was the culmination of months of preparation (and worry on my behalf) and I am just so happy that it went so well.
For this Thankful Thursday, I’m linking up Kate Says Stuff. Come and see what things others are thankful for!