Ellis is 2½ now, boy does time go by fast!
School is back in session for the big kids, and it's also in for us! Ellis has his backpack with his favorite snacks, learning supplies and must-have's which are a few toy cars, dinosaurs & chapstick! We have never placed him in daycare, which has been a bittersweet decision.
The sweet part is that we have been able to teach Ellis and go at his pace, spending more extended periods on certain things that he didn't pick up on fast. Assuring him that it is okay not to understand and get everything on the first try has been an essential part of this process. Children should know that having questions is a good thing! Making sure my son is ready and confident for the real big day, which is Kindergarten is vital to me.
The bitter part about not having Ellis in daycare or pre-k school environment is not having him around kids his age daily. We schedule weekly outings, when the weather is nice, we have trips to the zoo and parks. With the temps rising above 110, we've been keeping it strictly indoor with lots of visits to the Phoenix Children's museum. The museum offers lots of classes which is great because this does give him practice for an actual school environment in 15-30 minute increments.
I think we've done a pretty good job at making sure he isn't isolated. This kid is a social butterfly and makes friends so quickly, this is a sigh of relief because I was the shyest kid ever!
Snack time is one of Ellis' favorite parts of the day! We also make this a learning moment, he helps count out his snacks, 2 handfuls of blueberries, 4 pieces of strawberries, 1 scoop of yogurt, and 8 Quadratini wafers!
I've been talking about these delicious Loacker wafers all summer long! Well, it's all because I genuinely love them and they have been my go-to cookie even before Ellis was born. They're a guilt-free pleasure with no preservatives and no artificial flavors or colors. The serving size is 8, which is terrific because he feels like mommy is letting him overload on cookies *laughs* no sweat at all! Next time you're doing your shopping, pick up a bag of Loacker Quadratini, and pack them in your little one’s lunch bag. I promise, you'll love them!
I have so many questions about toddlers and schooling! Knowing there are so many options for education, I want to know what did you choose for your little one(s). How old was your child when you first put him/her in school? Leave a comment, I'd love to have this conversation with you!