Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Summer of {Unexpected Blessings}~ Harrison heads to PreK

At the end of the preschool year last May, we had some decisions to make regarding Harrison's schooling this year. Technically, this should be his year before Kindergarten. That is still up in the air. He could have stayed at his same preschool which was awesome OR he could go to a 5 day prek (1/2 days). 

In a classroom setting, Harrison is first off... FUN, LOVING & CHEERFUL. All of that really puts him in a good place for what follows... Secondly, he is ENERGETIC, BUSY & DISTRACTED. The 2nd part is what had us thinking we really needed to consider what was best to get him ready for school. We felt like the 5 day option, while hard for mommy to let go, might be best for him. We only knew of one place we would consider to send him so we went to check it out and apply. There was a waiting list. We kept him pre-registered at his previous preschool and waited patiently to find out what his next year would look like. To some that might be a bummer, but to us, that was a wonderful way to leave it up to the Lord. It kept us from forcing anything. We waited all summer with no word. But a few weeks before school was to start at the end of July, we got the call. He was in! 

We went to meet the teacher night and Harrison felt right at home. We did too! On the way, I stopped to let Harrison pick out a special flower and candy for his teacher. It was so sweet to watch him pick my favorite flower even though I gave him total freedom! As if I needed to be reminded of how sweet of a Mama's boy he is! Don't worry, he picked out his favorite candy to give her too! It's all about balance you know.  

He hugged Mrs.Woodard's neck instantly! I hear from my secret spies around school that he is always stuck to her like glue. Holding her hand, leg, or riding on her back? lol! This past week after a long break, we got to school and he took off running. She picked him up and he wrapped his arms around her neck and his legs around her waist. She held him like that for a bit and it was the cutest thing. He says, "I love "Mrs."Wooder" alllllll the time! "

His class is bright, fun, and organized.

His cousin is in his class and it is so funny to watch them bond over this cousin-same class sharedness. 
We know lots of the kids and teachers at the school so Harrison is ultra comfortable there. 
On the first day, we had cookies with our breakfast. 

Then we got dressed, dropped Greer off at school, and headed in for the first day. Sophie was so proud for her brother. 

Harrison was ultra handsome in his chapel attire. 

I had nothing to do with this hand holding...but everything to do with snapping a picture! 
We had to pose in the photobooth and Harrison got to pick all of our props. 

I held it together until I read the poem you see in this picture tied to his treat bag! 

Just like that, I left him for his first partial day. 

When I peaked in before leaving I saw that his teacher already had him up and moving! MOVEMENT, his love language! 
Every day but one, he has been marked cheerful. The one other day it was playful! 
 Sophie is always anxious to pick him up each day and excited to see him. 
A fun part of this, is she gets to spend two mornings a week just she and I. We both like it!! 

She is not in preschool this year, so I am doing things at home with her...following along with Harrison's letter of the week. She is LOVING it. The perfect little preschool at home candidate. Always asking..."what's next mommy?" :)
Mrs.Woodard and the prek team, have been just what we were hoping and praying for Harrison this year...fun, engaging, creative, and most of all, believes the best of our boy and continues to find ways to help him thrive at school! He truly soaks it all up and loves to come home and share it with the rest of us.
 Harrison's is the most eye catching of the God Made Me papers. His teacher said he went back to the mirror 3 or 4 times to get it right. I loved it so much! 

 Everyone needs a pair of every color shoes! 

Many things have been put into place to positively encourage Harrison to stay focused and on task. He is trying his best and his teacher is the perfect fit always loving and encouraging him and finding ways to reach him via his way of learning....music, dance, movement, and positive reinforcement rather than negative consequences.We say 3 things together every day before he leaves for school. "I will obey my teacher, love my friends, and honor God today!" 
and although he LOVES Mrs."Wooder" so very much...Mommy still has a very special place in his heart...
It was a BIG leap we made this year for our sweet boy, but we continue to be confident it was the right one! Thanking the Lord for blessing us with a super spectacular place for our boy to learn and grow and that we get to be so very involved as he does so! 

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