Oh, the rollercoaster ride of preschool.
On Monday, I was told Dylan was asking for me a lot during school. When I dropped him off, he cried for a second but then was fine. That was the first time he has ever shed a tear during school. Yesterday, it was a full on crying breakdown when I was trying to leave after dropping him off. He was running after me, and crying so hard. I kept picking him up, hugging, kissing and comforting him, but he wouldn’t stop crying and reaching for me. Finally, I had no choice but to leave, and hearing him cry while I was walking out of the school was the worst feeling I have ever experienced. I had a terrible morning thinking of him, and left a message with his social worker to call me because I couldn’t concentrate on my work with all of the worrying over him.
Luckily she called me back very quickly and said not to worry, she would check in on him and give him extra hugs and support, and that in general he is a very happy kid who enjoys all of the activities. Next Friday will be his last day of the summer session and he will have three weeks off. In September he will have a whole new teacher, aides, therapists and social worker. She said if he still has a problem adjusting when I leave, we will work on it then, but she said all of the kids have “off” days, and they are very used to it.
THIS morning, he was happy-go-lucky, and ran right into the classroom and didn’t even turn around when I said goodbye to him and walked out, he was too busy playing. One of the aides said he had a great day after I left yesterday, and she thinks he’s just been a little tired the past couple of days. All of that stress and heartache I felt yesterday was for naught! LOL
I was told his new class will be play-based just as the summer class, but is more visually oriented. They put up a lot of pictures of the schedule of the day to help the children transition from one activity to the next. One issue Dylan has had in preschool in transitioning to another activity when he is having fun with what he is doing. It might help him to visually see what is coming next after he is done with what he is doing. I am also excited that one of his buddies from his Early Intervention will be in his class in September! It will be nice for him to have a familiar face, and his parents are friendly with JC and I, we have even attended his birthday party.
Another issue that has popped up recently (mostly at home, they only mentioned it once at school) is Dylan gets very upset when a mess happens, even if it is a couple of drops of water. He almost cries while asking me over and over to clean it. I’m hoping this will not manifest into a bigger deal in the future, and I am going to be working on making messes with him intentionally in a fun way so he can see that a little mess isn’t so bad.
But overall, he is doing so well! The school staff LOVE Dylan, even those that aren’t in his class. I was told by some of the staff when passing them by in the morning that they think Dylan is so cute that they stop by his classroom just to see him. The director of therapies introduced herself to me this morning and said she is so happy that I chose their school, and that Dylan is such a joy to be around. She said every time she peeks in his classroom he looks very happy. We talked about the new teacher he will have, and she said Dylan will LOVE her. Then the director of education came by and said she overheard the conversation and will introduce his new teacher to me tomorrow morning so we can chat. Everyone is getting to know us because we show up early each morning before class, and Dylan plays in the waiting room in the front where there are bead tables and puzzles (and a cool fish tank!) which is right by the time clock for the staff to punch in, and lots of the staff members say good morning to me every day and fuss over Dylan. I am really happy I chose this school!