January 14, 2010


Once upon a time, there lived a little girl named Sassy.

Sassy was beautiful, smart, kind, extra funny, and very witty. She had a lot of things going for her.

Sassy began to attend preschool 2 days a week when she turned two and a half. She attended faithfully through the end of that school year.

Her Mommy and Daddy decided that it would be a good idea to have Sassy go through a developmental screening offered at the real school when she turned three.

Just before summer, Sassy got a letter in the mail stating that she had been accepted as a peer model at the new 3-year-old preschool. This meant that she would have the opportunity to serve as a role model for other children with developmental delays in a preschool setting. Yeah, Sassy.

The only problem was that in order to be a peer model, one must attend preschool 5 mornings per week. As in, 5.mornings.per.week. Otherwise known as EVERY DAY.

Sassy's Mommy and Daddy had some concerns about this. They weren't sure if they felt ready for Sassy to go to preschool every day. She was just barely three years old. They thought long and hard about their decision over the summer.

When it came time to register for preschool, Sassy's Mommy and Daddy made the decision that they felt was right for her at the time. They forewent preschool registration and opted to keep her home, instead.

So went the next 4 or so months. Sassy was home. Every day. Mommy spent more and more time working. Sassy had less and less opportunity to interact with other children.

Sassy's Mommy kept returning to thoughts of what Sassy would be learning in preschool, had she been attending. It was a bit of a sad time for the SPH.

Finally, before Christmas, Sassy's Mommy and Daddy sat down and had a long talk about things. They decided that now, since Sassy was three and a half, and she had matured even more and was on the brink of learning many great new things, that it was time to revisit the preschool issue.

After a few phone calls, it was confirmed that Sassy would be able to begin preschool as a model student when the new semester began. So, just one day after returning from our week-long road trip, Sassy started her new preschool.

She was a little nervous, but more at ease since it was at the school that her Mommy works at, and that she attends Parents As Teachers activities at.

Her Daddy went in to work late so that he and her Mommy could take her to school on her first day. First, they took some pictures at home:

Sassy and her Daddy made the long walk up the sidewalk before entering the building:

Sassy was a tiny bit scared, but her teacher quickly calmed her nerves:

And, that was it. Sassy was a real live preschooler!

The End.

Week one went great! The SPH is finally beginning to get used to being up and ready to go so that Sassy can get to school on time- 7:45 am!

Sassy's favorite part of preschool is library time with Mrs. White and playing puppet show. She's already made a few buddies.

She brought home this polar bear picture, and look... she wrote her own name!!!

The only thing I have ever been able to coax out of her previously has been an A! She was very proud of herself!

Morning have gotten easier and easier...

Hooray for Sassy, our big preschool girl!

4 sweet tweets:

Shaila said...

I love the IKEA dishes. That's all my kids use too! Bowls, cups, plates, silverware...we have it all!

Kendra said...

YEA!!! Way to go Sassy!!! Man..out the door by 7:45am...ouch =)

Ash said...

Ya for Sassy! Did you have a "I remember when she was born moment..." I certainly did! I can't believe she is growing up so fast!!

Anonymous said...

I stumbled onto your blog, and I realize this is months and months later....but still...I used to be a teacher in Early Childhood Special Education....and I love peer models. Congratulations Mom, for having the wisdom to stick to your guns in the beginning, and the wisdom to let go when it was time. I'm sure many kids benefit from Sassy being a role model, I know that my role models made all the difference in my own classroom. Thank you on behalf of those kids---and role models sure help the teacher's sanity sometimes too! :O)