Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ari's First Day

It seems like only yesterday that I was lamenting about not being able to afford pre-school. Due to the outrageously expensive options available in New York City, I was resigned to the fact that I was going to skip pre-school altogether.

But then I found an affordable option. Ari goes one day a week and I attend with him. When we first entered the school I began to get nervous. Most of the other kids were following directions, meanwhile when I told Ari he had to sit in a chair he screamed and ran in the other direction.

But the head of the school reassured me:
"Don't worry," she said "let him play and when he sees you participating, he'll come around and join us." So I did. I let him go off and play with a train set. Eventually he became interested in what the group was doing and wandered over of his own volition.

Here are some of the things Ari did today:
  • Played with choo-choo trains
  • Participated in a group art project where the kids created a rain storm out of collage paper, cotton balls, blue and sidewalk chalk.
  • Played musical chairs where no one was out
  • And finally had loads of free-play time with which he located every vehicle in the place (including cars trains and boats) and hoarded them for himself.

It was a great time. We came home and he fell asleep immediately. In fact he is still napping at this very moment and it's been three hours.

I can't wait to see what we do next week!

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  1. Glad you found an option. I thought L.A. was bad when it came to affordability but NYC, forget about it

  2. Yeah, it's no joke here! I am psyched too!

  3. I had such a HUGE laugh from the first 2 paragraphs- it sounds just like my Naji

  4. That is way awesome. I've never heard of pre-schools where the moms attend too. Is that a forever thing, or just the first week or? I remember my frist day of Kindergarten; I turned to my mom and said, "ok, can you leave now? I don't need you"

  5. BrooklynBiznessGirl - Hahaha! They are characters at this age I tell you. So glad you can relate.

    Amanda - That is too funny about your first day of school! I was the total opposite- clinging to my mom's leg. It is an every time thing: parents accompany their kids each week. It is the philosophy of the school. And you're right it is unique.

  6. I think maybe you have to work part-time there?


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