Today Brandon completes his first year of preschool. That of course means that one year from now we'll be doing kindergarten registration and kindergarten round-up all over again... getting ready to send both kids into school full time. It seems like just yesterday that I was dropping Jaden off for his first day of preschool. I remember walking out the doors that morning after leaving him behind, thinking to myself "four straight years of preschool in that classroom. Where will we be four years from now?" And just like that, those four years are almost over. Let's just say I'm going to be holding on tight to this year ahead of us and embracing every final moment of having a preschooler in our home.
I'm so proud of this little spitfire of ours. He wasn't a fan of "preschool days" when the year started but grew to love them and is actually a little sad that it's over for the next few months. He learned so much and grew so much (including at least three vertical inches since his first day!) and the reports that came home each semester were nothing but positive. He will go through a small change when he starts back up again in the Fall. This year he attended two half days a week - in the mornings. At conferences a month ago, Mrs. W and Miss Michelle stressed to us that they believe Brandon would benefit greatly from attending preschool in the afternoons instead of mornings. He does not need nap time, and he seems to thrive on lessons plans and structure, learning very quickly and enjoying it all in the process. So when the school year starts up again, he will be attending preschool three half days a week in the afternoons. Mrs. W believes he's already ready for kindergarten and that this new schedule of having daycare lesson plans in the morning, followed by preschool instruction in the afternoon will have him more than ready and set him up for even greater success. And I know that Brandon will love not having to lay quietly during nap time for two hours every afternoon!
Congratulations on a first year well done Brandon. We love you so much. You bring so much joy and laughter to all of us, and I love watching you learn and grow.
His first day... shy and uncertain. That very first day when he collapsed on the floor when it was time to line up with his class and didn't want Mommy to leave him. It's all forgotten now.
His last day. Confident and proud and three inches taller! (And a little annoyed to be taking pictures at 7 a.m.). ;)