In about 2 weeks, E1 will be going back to school. He will be attending the preschool that is organized by the church we attend. He had gone there when he was 2 but we decided to take a break from school for financial reasons when he was 3 and now am sending him back at 4. We want to give him a year of getting used to school before he starts kindergarten.
In another month or so, E2 and E3 will also be starting in a preschool of sorts. The one they are attending is organized by a local high school's childhood development program and is free, which is a great price for us! This will be the first time they will be attending any sort of school setting other than Sunday School.
Lately we have been prepping them to get ready for school. Getting back packs for the girls, telling E1 his teacher's name, trying to get them used to the concept and generally excited about school. But of course I know that no matter how much prepping we do, there will be hesitation and most likely some tears in the beginning. I am absolutely not looking forward to the tears! It is SO hard to walk away when they get so upset during the first couple of drop offs. But I know they will grow to love their classes and teachers and before I know it, they will actually enjoy going to school.
What do you do in your house to get the kids ready for school? Would love to hear some different approaches and ideas!