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Riley started going to pre-school 3 days a week at the beginning of February, which has been so great for her, she’s flourished in so many ways. She’s so smart, polite, caring and brave. I am one Proud Mommy! On the other hand, as a mother I’m heartbroken at the fact that she’s growing so fast. Her first day of pre-school was WAY more difficult for me than it was for her, at first she hugged me and didn’t want to let go, it took her a few minutes, but the teacher said, Riley, let’s go wash your hands and she immediately went to her. It was a huge relief that I wasn’t going to have to leave her screaming for me not to go, but I’m not going to lie, I did shed a few tears.

Her teacher sent me a few pictures of Riley’s first day of pre-school, so I thought I would share them, as I love looking back on the stories and photos I share of Riley, so it’s partially for me as well 😉

Playing with Trains

Playing with Trains

Playing in the Sensory Table

Playing in the Sensory Table

Eating Lunch with New Friends

Eating Lunch with New Friends (the little girl beside her, Sophia, has become Riley’s favorite little friend)

Playing in the Rainy Day Room

Playing in the Rainy Day Room

Making Valentine's Art

Making Valentine’s Art

Here is a picture of a poem that is outside of Riley’s classroom it’s called “A Mother’s 1st Day of School Prayer” I get chills every time I read it because it’s exactly how I felt on Riley’s 1st day of school. I took a picture of it so I could share it with all of you!

A Mother's 1st Day of School Prayer

After 1 month of Riley being in pre-school and finally on a routine I had a consulting job come along that was too good to pass up, so in order for me to accept the job we had to enroll Riley in pre-school full-time. The difficult part of this is that the teachers don’t teach 5 days and the pre-school classes are only from 9am – 1pm, so I had to enroll her in a different class on Mondays and Wednesdays and enroll her in the extended day program, so Riley has a whole different set of teachers and classmates on the additional days, as well as in the afternoons. I absolutely HATED doing this to her, as I was heartbroken at how she was going to react, but she did well. The first day was very difficult, she was confused as to where her normal teachers and classmates (aka friends) were and then didn’t understand why she had to go into another room and have quiet time (nap time). They said she cried a little but after that she was fine. Once she realized her normal teachers didn’t go away forever she was okay and today marks the beginning of week 3 and she’s LOVING it!

On another note, this past week was teacher appreciation week and I put together several unique gifts that I gave to Riley’s teachers. Since she now has 5 consistent teachers and several other teachers that help out I couldn’t afford to give them all the same thing, so I made a few gift variations using similar items. I’ll share these teacher appreciation gifts and the poem I gave the teachers next time!! 🙂

Until then…..

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