It’s that time of year again. Ariel’s back in preschool.

Monday was the first day, but not a full day. When you’re talking about a 3 hour school day, not a full day means things run pretty short. Monday was the day to get the kids familiar with the classroom, the teacher and each other just a little bit.

The kids are very excited about the new playground the school had put in during the summer. When I registered her, the school still had the old metal playground, but now it’s the kind you see all over the place. They even have a tunnel with the exterior set up for the kids to climb all over.

The challenge is that it isn’t quite done yet. As of yesterday, the swings weren’t hung up, there was an area still to be concreted in, the track for the tricycles wasn’t painted, and the grass is new and cannot be walked on for two weeks. Good thing the kids are allowed on the other equipment!

I talked with one of the other moms about helping each other out on the days that we have to help in the class. She has a 16 month old, so I might watch her baby for her while she helps in the class. I have enough other help I don’t know that I will ever need to leave Gage with her, although that is an option. She lives far enough from me, though, that I would have to be pretty desperate. This is not the closest preschool to her, so I’m not quite sure why she chose it.

However, since Gage could really use some interaction with other kids, I’d be more than happy to watch her son occasionally. Gage is still only using 3 words, despite understanding pretty much everything we ask him to do, and being able to communicate his wants. If he isn’t talking within 3 more months, the doctor is going to start evaluation, so I’m doing what I can to encourage matters.

I’ve also signed him up for a Mom and Tot gymnastics class. Just another thing to get him interacting with other kids to see if that gives him the nudge he needs to start talking. I don’t really think there’s a problem, since he understands so much and communicates well, so I hope this will encourage him to talk.

[tags]family, kids, children, preschool, toddler not talking[/tags]