Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gulp

We just got Luke's school supplies list from his preschool, along with Open House and first day of school dates. I'm not sure my heart can handle it.

Let's just hope this picture isn't any indication of his future school success. You can see he's paying such close attention to Coach Sammy:


More like he's contemplating which Otter Pop color he'd like next.

So we are soon to head to Target for Crayola Crayons, a backpack and colored pencils. Luke's first day of preschool is September 7. I really have no idea how this is going to go. We have really stretched and pushed Luke this summer in the area of separation from mom and dad. If he knows the people really well (like grandmas and a couple of my good friends) he does just fine when we leave. It's with unfamiliar faces he has a harder time. We have been working hard with him in the church nursery this summer and have seen some progress. Last night was actually the best hour yet. He only fussed a little bit in the beginning and only checked in with Dad once in the first few minutes. He was doing so well that the children's pastor encouraged Rog to go in the main sanctuary ... we actually got to sit together in church! And when we went to pick up Luke after the service, he said he wasn't ready to go. So we are encouraged. The biggest issue is if and when something happens to upset him, that's when he has the hardest time comforting himself, or letting someone unfamiliar comfort him. I'm hopeful that he'll quickly get to know his preschool teacher, and she will be able to work him through tearful situations. I really think he's going to love preschool, it's just a matter of Luke continuing to gain confidence in this area. If you think to pray for this, we would greatly appreciate it! His first day of school is September 7. Gulp!

3 comments:

  1. I really feel for you! We debated on doing preschool with Logan this year but are leaning more toward waiting for next year. I'm not sure how that is going to go over either. He is pretty attached to me too.

    Praying that Luke takes off at preschool and loves every minute of it!

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  2. Jesse,
    Which preschool? Your preschool should have an open door policy, and should be able to help you with the separation. I usually encourage parents to stay as long as they need to, gradually leaving earlier and earlier. It takes a few weeks, but it works!

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  3. We'll be praying for Luke to LOVE preschool AND his teacher! It's such a stressful thing to leave them wondering if they're scared or if they stay upset long. We're working through the church nursery thing, and it breaks my heart when we pick Derrick up and they say he's been a little "fussy". :( It's hard being a parent!

    Hopefully you've chosen the perfect place for Luke to start his school experience. He'll definitely be in our prayers, and so will you! :)

    Shannon

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