There were none ! Well.. maybe ONE jitter or two but for the most part the day went amazingly well. I don’t think we have ever had 13 new children to star the year off. Generally , we have about half new children and half are returning from the previous year. The great thing is we had a lot of extra hands to help us today! Randy and I were here of course but we also had Jodie and Dallas here. Thanks girls for helping today !
Dallas waited with goodie bags and decorated tables for the mommies to come in and cry and laugh together. No one showed. I felt like maybe you guys forgot ? Im sorry Dallas if there was a miscommunication on my part. You did a fabulous job !
We met outside because normally that is a little easier on the kids. They are more mobile and curious about the things outside and less likely to protest when mom or dad have to leave . We played until 1030 outside and then we read a story on the porch. ( One of the things I love about family childcare – so cozy .) We read ” The Kissing Hand” and many of the children were so excited to tell me that they had read that story at their house. I am so glad that you read the books I sent home ! We took our traditional ” first day of preschool” pictures and then went inside to explore after eating a cookie that looked like a hand and had a chocolate kiss in the middle. The children went to every area and the adults were there to explain what we do in each center.
We also did our first day ” self portraits ‘ and the traditional handprint with the ” kissing hand ” poem.
Lunch went well. We had french dip sandwiches, carrots and tater tots with milk.
I would say that today was a huge success. No one bled, only one cried briefly and we all lived to tell about it. More than that , we learned that many of us LOVE to play in the water and make mud. We learned that it is ok when mommy leaves that she ( or someone ) always comes back. We learned it is great to make new friends. We learned a lot about washing our hands ( water, soap , lather for 20 seconds and rinse ) And we learned that Preschool really is fun.