How can this be… my daughter finished her 3K year of Preschool. My sweet first born really grew up this year and I couldn’t be more proud. I was really on the fence about putting her in 3K, I was worried that it might be too soon, but I am glad I went with my gut and allowed her the chance to grow.
If you are like me and you are not sure if your kiddo is ready for 3’s preschool, let me give you a little insight into what I learned this year. My shy, sensitive and socially nervous daughter more than survived… she thrived! Not only did she NOT cry on the first day or any day following (completely shocked my husband and I), but she looked forward to and embraced the idea of going to school every day. She adored and respected her teacher and I loved that she learned to listen to and take instruction from an adult other than her mom and dad. She made wonderful friends and isn’t the little girl that plays by herself in the corner anymore. She learned to share and to be kind, and she started caring about other people’s feelings. These are all traits I had been working on with her previously, but she didn’t start putting them into practice until school, and hearing them from someone other than her parents was incredibely helpful.
We put our daughter in a christian school so I loved that she learned to pray outloud, let bible stories come to life and she learned christian-based songs. I can’t tell you how wonderful this makes my heart feel. I love knowing that she was immersed in a God-focused curriculum, and my prayer will continue to be a personal relationship with Jesus someday!
Now, I will say this: don’t expect the world out of the educational capacity of a 3 year old! My daughter knows her colors, shapes, numbers, alphabet and how to trace her name… The other didactic details will be solitified in the 4’s preschool program, and that is okay with me. For now, she nows the basics, but more importantly, she has learned the social game; how to interact kindly, with respect, while having a blast. Mommy is happy!
The other amazing aspect of 3K is a mommy break!… Can I get an Amen??!! By no means did I have to put my daughter in 3K, but I am so glad I did especially to take advantage of some ME time. Even thougth I have a little one at home with me as well, I was able to use that preschool time each week to give specific focus on my youngest daughter, catch up on grocery shopping, run long overdue errands, meet up with friends, walk around Target (with a SBs in hand – that’s a given!), work at home and just relax if needed. What a blessing. I only put my daughter in for 2 mornings a week, but it was probably the best decision I made for both of us!
What a wonderful year it was… I am so proud of her development and I’m so excited for her 4’s preschool and final year before kindergarten. Time is flying by (cliche, I know, but true!). Looking at the transformation photos from this year is a great reminder to remember that time is short. And precious. Time to dig in and cherish the good while ’embracing the suck’ and remember that I wouldn’t trade this special season of life for anything!
3k Preschool RECAP
:: Star Student ::
:: Firefighter Field Trip ::
:: Pumpkin Patch Field Trip ::
:: Thanksgiving Feast ::
:: Christmas Pagent ::
:: Dr. Suess’ Birthday ::
:: Valentine’s Day Party – Passing out her Valentine’s ::
:: Easter Egg Hunt ::
:: Pajama Party ::
:: Mother’s Day Party – Muffins with Mom ::
:: Graduation ::
Summer is officially here – time to kick back to enjoy splash pads & pool time before school is back in session.
I hope my 3K Recap may have settled some of your fears & reservations about preschool, and brought you a little more peace about putting your little ones in school. It is time to let your little one’s thrive!