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M will be starting his first year of preschool this year! He doesn’t start until after Labor Day so I have a few more weeks to mentally and physically prepare for this upcoming transition in our lives.
I’m really excited for M to start preschool! I love the school we’ve chosen. In fact, I had no plans of starting him in preschool until next year when he was 3 years old, but this preschool has a 2 1/2 year class and I was so impressed when visiting the school for my job that I decided to take some information home for us to consider.
Week after week I walked into the preschool and saw all the amazing teachers, office staff, classrooms, etc. and each week I was always impressed with how much I loved the school. I go into a lot (I mean a lot!) of schools with my job. Daycares, preschools, public schools, private schools, charter schools, you name it, I’ve been in it, so for me to continually walk into a school and be super impressed, is to say a lot.
One thing that definitely impressed me was their dedication to being green. From their policy to use reusable water bottles, recycle paper, use raised gardens, and so much more, it obviously appealed to my crunchy side. Not to mention, the staff are just so fantastic! They are so incredibly kind and caring. They go above and beyond to make sure the students are safe and well taken care of while they are in school.
With all that said, I’m still nervous! I mean, my baby is going off to preschool in a few short weeks! How is it possible that he’s old enough for preschool?! He’ll only be going 2 days per week this year and it’s only 2 1/2 hours each day. Next year I’ll look to enroll him for 3 days, when he’s 4 we’ll do 5 days, and then, we may just consider keeping him there for kindergarten – but oh!!! I can’t even begin to think that far ahead! Focus!
So, how are we prepping M for preschool?
– check! I bought M this dinosaur backpack from Citrus Lane
. I’m providing my referral link for Citrus Lane
since, if you sign up for their monthly subscription box through my referral link, you’ll save 50% off your first month. The dinosaur backpack is not in his regular monthly box, it was an add on that I was able to choose since we subscribe to Citrus Lane. This isn’t the first time we’ve done add ons, but I’m especially excited about this one!! I know he’s going to love it and it will be perfect to get him started in preschool! If you do want to sign up, please do it through my referral link
, I’d hate for you to miss out on the 50% off offer.
Snack Containers – check! We now have some Planet Wise reusable sandwich bags (stay tuned for a review to come soon!!) that I’ll use to pack him a snack. We also have some reusable ECOlunchbox stainless steel containers that I absolutely LOVE! My berries just look so much yummier in a stainless steel container! I love that I’ll be able to pack his snacks in reusable containers that will fit with the school’s attempts to be more green, and it will in fact help our environment by keeping the little plastic baggies out of the landfills. I should mention that we have the three-in-one stainless steel containers pictured to the right. If you click the link above you’ll see the niftiness! It comes with 3 containers that all fit together in a nice bento style. Nice and compact! Love it!
School Clothes – check! M is so hard to shop for when it comes to clothes!! Aside from the fact that boys get the shaft when it comes to clothing options (seriously!! A quarter of a kid’s clothing store will be dedicated to boys, the rest is all girls! Boys like to look nice too!), M has a tiny waste, and somewhat average height. Honestly, he’s small for his age, quite small. But he’s finally fitting into 2T pants in length (yes, he’ll be 3 in January), the problem is 2T pants are still so big around his waist! So, I opted to hit up a friend’s yard sale! I literally had M standing in her garage trying on every single pair of 2T pants she had out for sale. We hit the jackpot from her yard sale!! Kids grow so fast, clothes get ruined so easily, I’m glad I chose to buy second hand from a friend rather than brand new. I saved a ton of money and I’m giving these clothes new life.
Potty Learning – check! M has been pretty successful with using the potty for quite some time now. We’ve been lucky since I’ve heard that boys especially can be difficult. I’m grateful! But, also sad to see my beautiful cloth diapers go into storage. And, while M is still in a prefold for naps and bedtime, he’s in underwear all day. However, when he goes to school he’s going to need to be more independent. There’s no little potty, no potty seat, etc. So, we’ve been working on having him stand up to pee. We bought a stool, I’ve been making him do his pants himself, he lifts the lid and seat, and we’re working on aim. He’s doing really well actually! I find standing to be less messy than when he sits – I know, it’s hard to believe, but he actually has better aim when standing! I figure this will be easier for school anyway. My biggest concern now with using the potty at school is getting off the stool, he’s still a bit wobbly getting down, but he’ll figure it out!
Talking About School – check! We frequently talk to M about starting preschool. We can do all the physical stuff like buying a backpack, buying snack containers, keeping him properly clothed, working on potty stuff, but it’s the emotional and mental part that is the hardest. We talk to M about going to school, meeting new friends, sharing, taking turns with these new friends, listening to the teachers, etc. He’s never been to daycare and he’s an only child so I do worry about how he’s going to be with the other children when I’m not around. Sure, I take him to music class, swimming lessons, and play dates, but it’s not everyday and he always has me or another family member with him. When it comes to school, it will be a teacher. I’ll have to walk away from him that first day. I don’t know how he’ll handle this new situation. So, we talk about it. Not just for him, but for me too. I know my anxiety is much higher than his!! I know he’ll be fine, he’ll love it!! But, if he wants his mommy, mommy won’t be there and that will be an adjustment for all of us.
How did you get your child ready for their first day of school?
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