Friday was Bram's last day of formal Preschool!
He joined STEEC in January 2018 when he was two years old! Before that grandma and a family friend watched him 3 days a week, I worked from home on Fridays and Lee was home on Mondays.
The transition to group style care was not easy, for any of us. The school was a big jump in cost, but we felt comfortable with their level of care and attention, and honestly with their willingness to work with us through the transition. Bram had difficulty napping (so much so one of the teachers held him for naps for several weeks!), with staying engaged with activities, and yes with being very physical with the other kiddos. I think with many other schools or centers we would have been asked to leave but STEEC was always a partner with us.
It was not an easy or fast decision to give Homeschooling a go, especially since we really did love the school and teachers. We told them in November about our plan, and had constant conversations with Bram about the transition. The teachers at school also had conversations with his classmates. Yes we could have just pulled him and not told him or the classmates about it, but we instead of avoiding any strong feelings or reactions we thought it was best to lean into them and use it as an opportunity for discussion and learning.
His class is learning sequence and writing comic strips, so they used this situation as an opportunity to write a story about Bram. Apparently we will be having a "Shabbat Hanukkah Sleepover Party" in our near future!
At pick up on Friday there were tears, from Bram, from his classmates, from his teachers and yes some from us. Its hard to tell if we're ever doing the "right" thing as parents, but I am excited for this next journey!