first day of preschool

Greta started preschool today. She is going two mornings a week to a little school, that so far seems great. They have 16 kids and 3 teachers, go to a music class, a movement class, and just do regular preschool stuff. Last week we went to orientation and she seemed to do totally fine. Last night before bed she wouldn’t really even talk about school, I think she was a little nervous and well it has been a big week for her, so lots going on in her head. This morning we had to wake her up! (She has been sleeping much later these days, which is definitely good, and I’m glad the days of the 5:30 wake up calls are gone, although Eloise is often up that early.) We picked out her clothes last night. For now there will be no dresses at school, since when she is nervous or excited or shy, she tends to pull her dress up and pretend to chew on it, and well it isn’t great to show your undies to everyone in your class. She also often removes her dress to go to the potty so that it doesn’t fall in the potty, and again, not so acceptable at school. And we need clothes that she can easily handle in the bathroom on her (although the teachers will help her if she needs it, it just makes it easier if she can do it herself). So shorts/pants and skirts it is for now.

She was definitely a little nervous, although I think she was excited as well. We took some pictures at home first. Eloise had to join in on the fun as well (she wanted to bring a bag along as well).

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On the way to the car, Greta insisted she need flowers for her teachers. Seriously, how sweet is this child (she is clearly going to be a teacher’s pet). We took a few more pictures outside of the building. You can definitely tell she is getting a tad nervous and serious about this whole thing.

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first day of school

Then we went inside to wait for the teachers to open the doors. Eloise was getting a little unsure of all that was going on. Soon enough we went in and she gave her teachers’ their flowers (they were so sweet about it) and she didn’t even look back. The report from the teachers was that she did great! She told me she didn’t cry, but one girl and one boy did. She played with some toys, colored, listened to stories, went on the playground, played a game, had a snack, etc. She was excited to see us, but really had a great time.

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She is getting so big. I never would have guessed she would go to school so easily, but her confidence has grown so much in the past year that she really is a different child. She is still shy of new situations and new people (especially men), but she has so much more confidence and enthusiasm for everything.

dance class

This has been a big week for Greta. My parents were visiting, Monday she started dance class, and today preschool. Later this week we head on our first big road trip!

Greta has been wanting to take ballet for a long while. I promised her she could once she learned to use the potty. That happened this summer and so I finally found a class to register her for. It is at our local YMCA and only lasts 7 weeks. I wanted something short in case for some reason it didn’t work out. She has been practicing ballet in the house and is always asking what some certain trick is called (often they are no real ballet things, just random leg movements or positions). For the first class, the teacher lets the parents stay in the room and watch so of course I did, and took lots of pictures. The class is a combo irish step dancing, ballet, and tap, all in 45 minutes. Yesterday they only managed to do ballet and tap, so who knows what will happen in the future, it seems a little optimistic to do all three.

Here is our pretty ballerina getting all ready.

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Here are some ballet moves.

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and a video:

When I registered her they said you can just wear sweatpants and didn’t need to bring any shoes. We had some ballet shoes so we brought those because I knew she would want to wear them. We have some too small tap shoes, but since they said not to bring anything, we didn’t. The teacher did request they have both shoes, although if they don’t, it isn’t the end of the world. So we will have to get some proper fitting tap shoes for next time.

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And lastly, a tap video. Every time the teacher would say we are going to count to 8 tapping, Greta would immediately start. The teacher had to stop her several times and get her to start with the group. She was belting out her counting, as you can hear in the video (she is the only kid you can hear). And at the end she started doing crazy back and forth and that with the loud counting made me die of laughter, so the camera starting shaking a bit, oops. She loved the whole thing. I’m glad she is so enthusiastic.