Thursday, December 15, 2011

School Days

One of the (many) things that I worried about when we were told we would be living in Turkey for 2 years was preschool.  That might not be tops on everyone's list of things to think about in a move, but you see, I am a huge fan of preschool.  Having taught it for many years, I couldn't wait for my son to experience early learning and socialization in a fun, friendly, and creative environment.  In the States, I knew I would have many options wherever we lived, and knowing what I know, could choose the right one for us.  But Turkey was a game-changer (understatement of the year).  I wasn't sure if there was a preschool program here, and if I even wanted W to participate.

We registered him for the CDC preschool program in August, knowing we could pull out should it turn out to not be for us.  I have been very, very pleased.  They do the best they can with what they have to work with.  I have not seen any developmentally inappropriate activities for my 3 year old being introduced, and he is allowed the freedom and creativity that I would promote in my own classroom.

This week was "dress up" week at school.  Tuesday was pajama day and Thursday was "crazy hair" day.  What fun!!  W loved it.  On Thursday, I got to go to the classroom to decorate a gingerbread cookie with him.  He was THRILLED that I was there and was excited to show me his school.  He kept telling all his buddies "this is my friend Sarah" as he showed me around :).  I noticed him taking pride in his learning-which was very cool to see indeed.
With Daddy at school on PJ day.  Thanks to Nana for the awesome Christmas pj's!!

Crazy hair!!

With his buddy Silas

Busy school boy!

Fun, fun!!

Decorating a cookie

Eating the gingerbread boy!!

Such fun.  Such memories.

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