Saturday, September 07 2013 11:42

Back to School: The First Days of Pre-K...

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This week, Addie started Pre-K. It was our first official "Back-to-School" season, following her run in "Twos and Threes" and "Threes and Fours" programs last year. The summer "break" wasn't a huge deal since we'd kept her going in "Ducky Day Camp" in June and July, two mornings a week at the same place, with the same teachers, in the same classroom. After a month off, she returned, moving up to "Pre-K" and adding a day to her schedule. Three days a week, 2½ hours a day. It's probably a bigger deal for me than it is for her.

Back to School

Addie - Day One of Pre-KAddie couldn't wait to go back to school, which is exactly what we call it - "school." As we continue to wing this whole "parenting thing" with new experiences around every corner, we've made an effort to make learning fun. For Addie, the big draw of the first day back was reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones. She's a social butterfly - constantly making friends no matter where we go. She's far from shy. 

As always, Addie picked out her outfit for the day - a Hello Kitty ensemble - and got herself dressed and ready to rock. For the first day, the school did something I was excited about... something I'd been hoping for in the past: They let all of the parents stay with the kids during a shortened, one-hour session, so that everyone could meet and mingle. It was a good ice-breaker, as I'd seen some standoffish behavior (or just shyness) from kids and parents alike during our "Twos and Threes" run. It was very welcoming for all.

Back to School

I'm still surprised that kids of all ages seem to have lockers these days. As the Old Man in me comes out, I can't help but think how getting a locker used to be a big deal... it was like 6th Grade before we ever had lockers. Such a primitive time, the 1980s.

As we listened to an introduction from one of the preschool overlords, Little Finley became displeased. Nothing like being the guy holding the crying and screaming 14-month-old while 30 people are trying to pay attention to someone speaking. But soon, all was well, and even Finn got in on the action...

Back to School: Finn and Addie

With Week One down, we're starting an eight-month road to May... Tuition due on the 15th of each month. For me, the three-day-a-week action is part of a new routine... balancing life with two kids instead of one (since Finn was an infant last time around), and now I need to figure out how to get Finley into all the same toddler activities that Addie once enjoyed. Music and Movement... Down and Dirty... Parent-Tot Playtime... and find a way to do it while Addie is at school. Eventually, Addie will want to start Gymnastics again, and that will add another day to our mix. Busy times, doing things that I never thought I'd be doing. 

And it Rocks.

Watch and Listen: Deftones - "Back to School"

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James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

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