I’m getting a glimpse of the coming months, and it’s good.
Milo started preschool last week in a Spanish immersion program. It’s 2 days a week for 3 hours in the morning. I took him last week for the introductory sessions while my mom stayed home with Zachary, but the plan has always been that once he’s settled and adjusted to school, Matt will take him and drop him off, and I’ll pick him up at 12:30. We ended up starting that routine this week though, since Matt took off yesterday and today because his parents were coming into town.
It’s been a little tough for Milo to adjust to school. He’s highly socialized to other kids, but he’s not used to any kind of real structured activity. We’re more of a “daily rhythm” kind of household, and the only kind of organized playgroup he’s participated in is a Waldorf program called Forest School. Forest School takes place outside in Prospect Park, rain or shine, so it really appeals to Milo’s love of running around, digging in dirt, playing with sticks and climbing trees. He’s not so interested in sitting around coloring with crayons or putting stickers on paper. He’s just not really interested in sitting around, period.
I think he’ll come to really like preschool though, once the initial transition period is over. It’ll be good for him to learn to follow directions and get used to the idea that he can’t always run around like a wild maniac. I was a little concerned before he started about the Spanish stuff, since for the last 2 months he’d get really angry when I spoke Spanish to him. “NO SPANISH!” he shout. He’s stopped doing that this week, which is a relief. “Dame tu mano,” I said yesterday, and he slipped his hand into mine without a word. “Grashas, mama,” he said to me last night (toddler Spanish is pretty adorable). Matt said he got excited when they got to school today. “Escuela!” he shouted, and ran toward the building.
More importantly, I really like preschool! I love having a full morning of time with just Zachary, especially since the little guy likes to take a long morning nap. Sitting around, drinking coffee in peace, maybe doing a little knitting? Yes, I will take this.