It has been way too long since this blog has seen any attention. Since my last post Archer has started real deal brick and mortar preschool two days a week. I toured several facilities and was over the moon to find one I trusted to handle his food allergies. Not only is the school nut-free, every staff member there receives annual training on how to recognize and treat anaphylaxis. Archer started in January. It just so happens his teacher is nut allergic. The school’s curriculum is so impressive and well thought out and their resources are abundant. I am in love with this school and am considering keeping Archer there through kindergarten. Co-op preschool hasn’t stopped. We’ve just transitioned to meeting once a week.
Today was Archer’s last day for the year. As much as I love the school he really resists going in the morning. He’s been counting down the days until today for the past month. He was so happy to finally arrive at the last day, which featured a pizza party with popsicles. His teacher recently met with me to talk with me about how he is doing in school. She says he loves to share what he knows about subjects, is extra “spongy” (meaning I guess he’s curious about the world and likes to learn), and is a “good leader” (not sure how). He can count to 39 without error, knows all of his capital letters, and most of the lower case. His social skills are “age-appropriate”. Once, at the sensory bin, his best friend Kaidy had an item he wanted. When she wouldn’t hand it over he threw coffee grounds at her and she retaliated. Food fight! The teacher also shared that for Mother’s Day she encouraged the kids to help around the house more, saying they could take their plate to the sink after a meal. Archer said he wouldn’t just do that, he would come back to the table and take my plate too. She was touched.
Today was already a big day for Archer. While he built Lego with Violet I stepped outside to start a walk and a neighbor flagged me down. His son had recently outgrown a little bike and he offered it to our family for Archer. I immediately got Archer outside so he could try it. The neighbor advised Archer to 1. keep his eyes straight ahead, 2. keep pedaling 3. keep his arms straight. He told Archer even the best bikers have to start out just like Archer, not knowing much of anything about bike riding. Actually Archer has had a little practice. For the past year and a half he has been zipping around on a balance bike very confidently. This new little hand me down is the exact same size as Archer’s balance bike, only with pedals. The video was taken after about ten minutes of practice. He still has to work on starts. He says this about the experience, “I feel good because I’m proud of myself because I did real good all by myself.”