School Is Cool!

On Monday Ava started school. I was very excited for her, right up until Sunday night when the reality of it all hit me. I spent the entire night tossing & turning and worrying about all the “what if’s”!

What if she gets hurt?

What if they are mean to her?

What if the other children are mean to her?

What if…..

I was most worried about how I was going to leave her there. I envisioned trying to walk out, with her screaming and crying, while clinging to me, being ripped off me by her teacher.

I needn’t have worried. The first day I dropped her off, as soon as I put her down, she wandered off to check out the toys, one of the other little girls, of the same age, came over, stretched out her hand to Ava and in a second they were hugging. I left. Without a single incident. Got in my car and cried all the way home.

The second day, she went off happily with teacher Crystal, not a single tear shed. The third day she ran ahead of me, into her classroom and promptly climbed up onto teacher Crystal’s lap.

This morning, in the car on the way there, we had the following exchange:

Me: Do you like teacher Crysal?

Ava: Yas!

Me: Do you like teacher Candice?

Ava: Yas!

Me: Do you like school?

Ava: Yas!

So I guess my fears were for nothing. Of course, she is going to get hurt by friends, she was pushed to the ground by a little boy on her first day and shed a few tears, so I’m told. She will learn that not everyone is kind all of the time, that sometimes your friends can be mean, very very mean, especially at that age. But didn’t we all learn that? And we were all fine growing up. It’s part of growing up, these experiences.

Teacher Candice, who is also the owner of the school and an acquaintance, takes Ava home at 12h30 every day and after dropping Ava off with Loveness, will sms me to tell me she’s home safe. Yesterday she let me know that Ava actually cried when they LEFT school!

The feedback I’ve had from the teaching staff is that she’s a very happy, confident and sociable child.

I’m more confident than ever in our decision to put her in school now and not wait till she was 2. It was the right thing for her, it was, as I suspected the right time. I feel so less guilty toffing up in my make up and work clothes and heading off to the office for a “non-mommy” day now that I know she is having fun and getting the stimulation she needs, not just from her interaction with the teachers but from her friends as well.


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  • Reply tzipieastwest

    Once more, your qualities as an excellent mum for Ava proove themselves. It seems like you are very in tune with her and know how to act at the right time (I guess some SAHM might be less in tune, though they are around all day and some working mums might be very tuned into their babes and every possible combination) !! So, no guilt but congratulations … !!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Nisey

    I’m so pleased she’s enjoying school – it really is so good for them to be stimulated and socialised. I don’t think there is a ‘right’ time. Only you will know when the time is right for her!

    I am so desperate to get Jaden back to school he is really missing out on the socialisation side of things but after a quick visit to a playgroup with him this morning i’m not sure he’s ready yet.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      I totally agree, there is no right or wrong answer for when children should start school. Only the right time for each specific child. If Ava was more reserved or the younger of two children with a sibling for some company, I’d probably have waited longer. But this was the right time for her.

      Sorry to hear that J is still battling! I think of you often!

      July 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply waiting4amiracle

    She is such a beautiful little girl. So glad she is enjoying herself.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Hanneke001

    Awwwww so cute, glad to hear all is going so well !! She is indeed an amazing little lady xoxo

    July 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply To Love Bella

    So happy to be reading this, as I head towards making this huge move myself!! Was more at peace about it tho when I watched her with 2 other kiddies her age. I just KNOW that she will thrive!
    Go Ava-Grace!!! 🙂

    July 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Marcia (123 blog)

    Aaaawww, gorgeous pics – she is looking so very big. And the school looks lovely and clean!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Bratty

    Sharon……YOU are one brave smart Mom. Just the thought of sending Jadakins to school makes the tears roll down my face….I too will drive home balling my eyes out.

    Ava is a beautiful little Angel…s

    July 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply charne

    Go ava-grace!! So glad she is enjoying it! Just new she would! Em starts in january and I can just feel she will love it!

    July 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    She looks like she is more than ready to start school! I’m so pleased it has been such an easy experience for you both. Just hope it goes as well for Dylan next year. What was the name of the sight/company where you ordered all her labels from?

    July 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Awww…Sharon, she is so ready! LOVE that you trusted your instinct on this one. And she is looking so tall in those pics!

    July 31, 2011 at 6:23 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    So cute and that bag that’s nearly bigger than her and she insists on carrying it. Love it!

    August 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm
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