We all know you can predict absolutely nothing about the school year after only two days. This is just a mere update. I don’t consider any of this indicative of how things will progress, OK? I’m still fully prepared for year two of unabating school hell*.
Day 1. Monkey refused to walk into the school. One of the special education teachers, but not one of *his* teachers, violated the no morning greeting policy before we even made it to the door of the school. Duhdee tried valiantly to get Monkey to put his feet on the ground but basically carried him by his arms into the classroom. No number of M&Ms would convince him to do anything more than stand just long enough for a reward before he slithered back to the ground. FUN!
So we entered the classroom all sorts of strung out. Convinced Monkey to play in the sink for a bit (his transitionary activity from last year) and then to play at the water table. We snuck off with our tails between our legs and Monkey went on to have the most AMAZING day EVER based on his teacher’s description. Monkey was very happy, huggy and giggly at pick up so that may even be true.
Day 2. Monkey took a few voluntary steps toward his classroom today. Of course none of them were sequential. Duhdee still largely had to carry him into the classroom. There were no chipper greetings this morning. Thank god.
Monkey played with bubbles at the sink. If neither Duhdee nor I were physically touching him he would stop what he was doing and grab for us. There would be no sneaking away today. He decided he was done with the bubbles and we set off to look for another activity. He was not letting go of me yet. We found playdough. He sat and he used a toy rolling pin and pizza cutter to play with the dough. Totally appropriate play. He was at a table with 3 other children and an adult (we still have no idea who she is, we’re awful parents.) He let me go. Once I was satisfied that he was engaged I kissed his head and we waved good-bye. He didn’t cry or try to catch us so I guess he was ready. *Phew* And he was set up for another AMAZING day per the teacher report. He played with paint (red and blue, it’s on his shirt,) he sat for “focused activities” for longer periods than he did last year, he enjoyed circle time because he recognized the games. Focused activities and circle time were two big trouble spots last year that were used as examples of him needing more supervision.
So that’s it. Two days in and he’s done OK.
*I either need to consider some happy pills more seriously or I’m just trying to hold my optimistic side in check, you decide.