Sunday, September 10, 2006

We'll start with school, or not

Life report from everyone's favorite deer in the headlights....
I'll go backwards.

Isobel started second grade. All her girlie friends from last year are in the other class, which makes her very sad. But she loves her teacher, and so far it's mutual.

Here's her first grade photo from last year for comparison.

I'm having those usual mama worries that the teacher won't "get' her & she'll have a miserable year & won't learn anything. Really, the only consistency in my life is my neurotic worry.

Meanwhile in the boy's school life I should have been worried more.
We started an arty based preschool that he and I both loved the feeling of, and we'd just do a couple hours 2 days a week.
The second day he seemed fine to leave for a while & even said "ok' when I told him I was going to go do some work and be back.
I left & returned in less than an hour.

The school director meet me in the parking lot to tell me that 1) Henry is fine & 2) Henry had managed to leave the school looking for me and NO ONE NOTICED. A neighbor called to say there was a little someone in the parking lot looking for his mom.

The director made all the appropriate horrified noises - never happened in 20 years, have a safety expert coming in, etc, etc.

Long story short, of course we're not going back.
Mama will do some preschooling at home & we'll try at Isobel's old preschool after the wee man is potty trained, a preschool that's less arty, but has doors that 3 year olds can't open.


Blogger glenda said...

Oh Jillian!
I'm sorry that Henry escaped from school...Henry Houdini!
It must have been so traumatic for you.
School is an adjustment for us all.
Good luck.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous pippi said...

and MY WORD!
(sadly, that is something i could see my son do...)
much luck!!

7:45 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Oh deary me! My little Henry-pal! Houdini indeed. Yeah, I don't think that preschool's gonna work out...

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Sorry to hear that!! But very glad that Henry's fine. A girlfriend's son did a similar trick during the chaos of pick up time. The school changed their policy to ensure that all kids were signed out before the staff were "off duty", but that does nothing about a little one left to escape during school time! I hope the training goes well and soon for you (my little guy who is the same age is not interested at all) so that he can go to Isobel's school. And you can have a couple of hours to yourself a couple of times per week! I don't know what I'd do without my couple of hours...


2:34 PM  

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