Friday, March 2, 2018

Scarlett's Preschool Update

Scarlett started at her current preschool in September 2016 when she was 21 months old. She loved her two's program and developed a sweet bond with her teacher.

This year, Scarlett is in a 3's program which is more challenging for her in a positive way.  A few weeks into the new school year, she started having problems listening and doing what she was supposed to do when she was supposed to.  I think the new 3's teacher, new classroom, and what was expected of her was too much for her.  

2017-2018 school year picture

When it was circle time Scarlett would be trying to use the paints when she was told to sit with the rest of her class, for example.  She was not listening to her teacher at all and being defiant.  It was a stressful time between the teachers, director and I to come up with an effective plan for her.  I dreaded picking her up because I wasn't sure if she had a good or bad day and knew the school would be filling me in.  The strategy we came up with was to have my tiny tot split the three hour day between the 2's and 3's class.  We felt this would be the best solution because in the younger class you are learning to listen and follow directions and she still needed help with that.  Plus, she'd be with her old favorite 2's teacher who she loved.  I knew it would be a win-win for her.

Fast forward a few months and Scarlett's doing wonderful now.  Around her third birthday it was like a switch was flipped in her brain.  She became a lot less frustrated, listened way more at home and school, and was just generally happier.  I think splitting her time between the classes was very helpful and continues to help her.  We signed Scarlett up for a third day of school in January and she's really blossomed since then! 

She was a late talker in life and has truly flourished since going an extra day. Being around children in a social outlet has really helped her vocabulary to progress and she's doing wonderful now.  Everyday she's saying more and more and I am so thrilled.  I wonder what she'd be like if she went five days a week! 

This school year has flown by and I can't believe summer is just around the corner.  It's hard to believe that she just has one year of preschool left!

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