School is back in session!
Jayden attended Summer Camp at the same school so to him it may seem like he never stopped going, but to us parents there is a difference. Summer school consisted of swimming lessons, on-site field trips, fun educational activities. The school year on the other hand focuses more on the curriculum – while still having fun. At 3-5 years old, you have no choice but to make it fun or those kids will turn on you! We have even begun his homework time when he comes home from school using different worksheets and flash cards. He seems to really be enjoying it. He even asked for it on his own over the weekend!
To prepare for the school year, we braved the back-to-school shopping even though we did not receive lists from the school (thank goodness, since I have heard how much of a nightmare these could be). We were there to find a new backpack, lunchbox, and what ever else caught our attention. This year we thought it would be a good time to get a backpack that Jayden could carry on his own. His last one was more convenient for us parents to schlep items to and from school. We asked Jayden what kind of backpack he would like ahead of time, showing him pictures. The problem with this is he is 3 1/2. His choice changed just about every day. I finally had to tell him that it was crunch time and that whatever he chose was it. No more changing it once Mommy bought it. He chose a Spiderman backpack, and enjoys being a big boy carrying his own bag. He looks so cute walking into school with his little backpack and lunchbox. He has grown up so much!
He has been in the same school since he was 20 months and we just love it and so does he. He started off in their Toddler Program, then just kept moving up and now he is in the oldest Preschool classroom. I cannot believe that PreK is next! Time is going by so fast.
While shy to start, Jayden sure has warmed up to lots of the students and teachers. He has his little group of friends that he plays with at school and he is so excited to see them in the morning and talks about them once I pick him up. It is so cute to hear him talk about what this person did, or what they said, or what games they played. I find it wonderful that he has found his place in the class and has friends to enjoy his day with and I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing he isn’t miserable when I have to be at work. The best part of the day for me though is still when he comes running to me, yelling “mommy” happy as can be when I pick him up! I know he had lots of fun at school that day, but at least he still missed his mommy (even just a little bit). I know after a while he isn’t going to be so happy to see me, will want me to leave so he can play, and will not want a hug or kiss in front of his friends so I am trying to enjoy these little moments as much as I can now – soak it up
Check out some of our finds:
Spiderman Backpack (purchase at Amazon.com)
Jayden has been loving superheroes these days so Spiderman won the backpack battle!
Fit and Fresh Lunch Kit (purchase at Amazon.com)
These lunch kits have come in very handy since the ice pack connects to it and it comes in so many sizes. Downside, we have lost a few of the ice packs since they are so small. I just throw an extra ice pack in the lunch box to keep things cool.
Zak! Spiderman Water Bottle (purchase at Amazon.com)
While Jayden drinks from an open cup mainly when we are home, school still requires a spill-proof cup since they are dealing with a bunch of kids at one time. We have switched to these lately, in different characters. Jayden likes it, and is much more suited for “big boys”.
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