For one of Alan’s school projects (which coincidentally have been fewer and farther between in 1st grade than Kindergarten), he had to create a timeline featuring his top moments and milestones from 2017. He picked: 1) Appearance in the Kids Starting Lineup, 2) First piano recital, 3) Hole-in-one during mini golf in Chicago, and 4) First day of 1st grade. 🙂
Today Alan kicked off his kindergarten year at Millridge, and I was there to enjoy it with him! On the first day, as part of the “ease-in schedule,” parents attended an informational session in the cafeteria while the kids played in the gym. Then afterwards, Alan and I took a practice ride together on a school bus around Mayfield.
Alan met his teacher, Mrs. Feldman, and saw his friends Joshua (who offered a big hug), Xavier, Riley, and Gabriel today — and even made a new friend named Noah! Xavier and Noah will be in the same class as Alan this year.
Alan also saw Mrs. Schmid (a preschool helper) and told her all about his summer, including the trip to Disney World!
Onto another great school year at Millridge!
Year two of preschool is underway for Alan, as he kicked off the new school year today!
After a great year at St. Clare, Alan has moved on to be a part of a special program that he interviewed for last fall. Alan was accepted for the role of peer mentor at Millridge, where he will partner with a special needs classmate to learn and grow together this school year.
Alan did great today, as he’s a cool and collected preschool veteran now. When I asked him if he liked his new school, he said yes, because “it has good toys.” 🙂
Today was a huge milestone in Alan’s young life: The first day of preschool!
He wore his favorite “super shirt” (as he calls it) to the one hour parent & child orientation day. After an hour of playing and meeting new friends, Alan declared that “preschool is fun!” He especially enjoyed meeting the teacher’s dog puppet and proudly wearing his Pre-K sticker. 🙂
The big test will come tomorrow, when Alan and the other kids will have class for an hour while parents wait in another room. Then on Friday the normal preschool schedule gets underway!
In order to get ready for preschool, Alan spent the summer reading 30+ preschool books from the library to learn about the fun aspects of school. And we spent a significant amount of time on potty-training. He’s got the hang of it and he’s ready to take on the preschool world!
9/4/14 Update: Today Alan had another great day at school! He excitedly got ready for school in the morning and was eager to arrive early. Then, to my relief, Alan did not mind spending the hour alone, and the teacher even used Alan’s behavior as an example of how to share toys nicely. When Grandma Debbie picked him up, he told the teacher and her that he loves preschool!
9/5/14 Update: Today Alan successfully finished his first week of preschool! He wanted to go right to school as soon as I woke him up at 6:30am. He had a great time at school and didn’t seem to notice or mind the school day lasted a bit longer. When I picked him up, he continued his tradition of proudly declaring that he loves preschool!