Friday, August 31, 2012

Troy and Preschool

Troy started preschool two weeks ago. Well, he went for one day, came down with a fever (not related to going to preschool) and was out for two days. Maybe one day I’ll get back to that.

troy first day of preschool 1

Anyway, he’s just a few weeks shy of turning 3 but he’s not old enough for that class. Now I know all parents say their kid is smart, bright and advanced, right? Well, this time it’s the truth. He isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed but he can hold his own. His intellectual capacity is quite remarkable for an (almost) 3 year old. His emotional and maturity level is that of his exact age. He knows his colors, how to spell his name, how to draw a few letters, knows his numbers, alphabet, what sounds many letters make, etc. No, it isn’t because we’ve drilled him. It’s because he LIKES that stuff for some reason. His favorite letter is “X”. Why? I think it’s easy to cross any two objects and make an X. Favorite color is Red (this is driving his father crazy). But he’s also intense and has a strong will. He NEEDS preschool with the 2 year olds. Many of the kids will be turning three (and a couple already are) so this is perfect for him.

He has three sweet teachers and his preschool just happens to be at our church. So he calls it “church preschool”. On many levels I’ve been happy that the baby hasn’t come yet because Troy has needed a little time to transition into preschool. It wears him out. As in he is sometimes over-stimulated when he gets home and at others he’s so darn fussy I just want him to go to bed. He takes awesome naps which has been nice – and should be nice once the baby comes!

To say that he loves “church preschool” is an understatement. He loves it. Absolutely loves it. Definitely one of the smartest decisions we’ve made. Hope I continue to feel the same way in a few months.

However….isn’t there always a “but” in things….he has been in trouble twice for hitting. Hmmm, never been a problem before. The worst he’s done is patted Justin on the head (this is something he just has to do anytime he passes by Justin). The first time it happened, they said he was provoked. Today they said he just started punching and they think he was mad. So, for now, we’ll just tell him not to hit and to tell his teachers if he’s upset about something. Crossing my fingers this is just a little stage. I definitely don’t want him to be “that” kid! On a positive note, a sweet friend of mine took Troy after preschool and said he couldn’t have been any better?! Well, that make this mother feel better. He does like to pretend like he’s punching the crocodiles…like the crocodile in Peter Pan. I wonder if that’s what he’s doing here. Only time will tell….and I realize it’s a small issue, nothing of significance but something that needs to be addressed.


Donna said...

Yay for church preschool! :) I'm sure the hitting thing will pass soon- Tucker went to time out during his first day. :) He stepped on a boys' hand and "hurted" him! Oh, boys keep you on your toes!