Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pre-School Open House.

Yesterday Griffin and I attended his Pre-School Open House

One of the things we had to bring with us were his school supplies ...

We received a list of the supplies we were supposed to bring

Here you will see some of the necessary essentials a three-year-old will need in class

As most of you know, I'm a stay-at-home Mom and Griffin has been exclusively with me all of his life. On a rare (and I mean RARE!) occassion someone else has been generous enough to watch him for awhile. I honestly can remember only three times someone else has watched him for me. Once my neighbor Cyndi watched him when Mike and I went to a Nascar race. Another time my neighbor Melinda watched him on that awful day when Mike and I had to take Wyatt to the vet for the final time and finally the only other time I remember is once when my other neighbor Carol watched him when I went to the doctor. Seriously ... he's always been with me or Mike. Of course occasionally when Grandma, Nana and Pop come to visit they will spend some alone time with him as well.

Griffin did amazingly well at the Open House. We walked in to the pre-school and talked with the director, Mrs. Jennifer and the Pastor of the church. His teacher happened to be right there too, so he met her right away. I was able to talk to her a little bit about "my" fears. She assured me everything would be okay, and I believe her. Griffin was very excited to choose a new Fish Book from their book fair and he also enjoyed the treats they had layed out on the table.

His friend Sam was over at the house yesterday, so when he was here I asked him would he please show Griffin around the school while we were there at the Open House. Sam agreed to do that and it was a success!

Sam led Griffin downstairs to where the classrooms are and showed him around. Griffin met his assistant teacher and she showed him where his cubby was and other things he will need to know.

They had some games layed out on the tables and Griffin sat down to play one of them. His teacher had come downstairs, so she sat down with him and played with him for at least 10 minutes. I thought it was very nice that she took some one-on-one time with Griffin to get to know him.

I feel so much better about him going to school now. I know next Tuesday is going to be VERY hard (for me) ... but it's the best thing for him. He's going to love it.

After the Open House I thought it would be fun to have a special dinner together to celebrate his going to school. As we were driving along I was telling him how proud I was of him and we were talking about how much he was going to enjoy school. Before heading in to town, I stopped to get gas in the car. When I get gas, I always roll down the back window so we can talk. As we're talking he says to me "You know Mommy, super duper good boys gets cars". I laughed out loud. He knows how to get me. I said, you know buddy ... you're right. He definitely earned a new car yesterday. So, we went by Walmart and he got to choose a new little car before we headed to dinner.

I know he's going to be okay. I want him to be independent. Going to pre-school is going to be absolutely WONDERFUL for him. I'll be sure to share with you next Tuesday how his first day goes.


Wendy said...

I must admit I almost cried at the end of this story. I miss that innocence. 10 years later I am lucky If I get a good bye, or see ya later as he is getting out of the car. Cherish every minute!!!

Bonnie said...

You will be just fine. I could tell you are still a little anxious about letting your baby go and be independant. This is a big step for both of you, but you will make that adjustment just fine.

Judi said...

Griffin will do fine it is the Mom's that have a hard time.

Tish said...

Hi Missy, I'm Gary's niece and I loved your piece on Griffin. I sounds like you have a real well adjusted son and very well loved. I don't think you have to worry, he knows you'll be there after school for him because all he has been shown is security. Its the children who are dropped off somewhere and wonder when they'll be picked up and shuffled here and there their entire lives. YOu sound like a wonderful mom. He will do great. Good job, Mom!!

Gary ("Old Dude") said...

guess my only concern is do you hve anybody coming over to stay with you while "The Grif" attends school----are there people you can call if ya get shaky??

Cindy said...

Enjoy this time! You deserve a little "Missy" time too! He is going to be such a great kid because of going to pre-school (not that he isn't already), but his new knowledge is going to amaze you.

I had to laugh, when I get gas I roll down the back window too and talk to Matthew. He may only be 6 months old, but he loves it!

Trina said...

Griffin seems like a well adjusted little man. I'm sure he will do well with school. It's hard to let them grow up. Good luck to you both.

Sue said...

Awww Missy...I actually got a tear in my eye...your baby is growing up. It will be hard for you..but look on the bright side... Griffin will be learning, making new friends and having a great time...YOU will have time to let your creative juices flow and get lots of paper piecings made! It's really a win-win situation! Just don't let him see that you are upset when you take him the first day. I remember when I took my last one to her first day of school...I was a basket case...she on the other hand told me to "go home Mom"

Cecile said...

Awww.I was tearing up.I know that Griffin will enjoy school after the first day your nervousness will get better..I still get that way and Cole is in the 4th grade this year it will get easier:))
I can't wait to see the pics of the first day:))

-Jennifer said...

holy crap that's alot of stuff for a 3 yr old program!