Reid went to her new daycare and school on Monday. She was much more calm about the change than I was feeling (but I don’t think she knew I was worried).
There are a couple of girls in her class at daycare who were in her Kindermusik class in the fall. There is also a girl named H, who was eager to befriend Reid when we went for the “get to know you” visit. H told us when we were first introduced that her name wasn’t spelled the way it sounded, and then proceeded to provide the correct spelling. It’s obviously the sort of thing she is used to having to explain. Reid should get used to doing that, too, since whoever labelled her cubby and other things reversed the “ei” in her name.
When we asked Reid about her first day of school, she said, “It was great!” She talked happily about taking the bus twice each day but didn’t offer details on the rest of the day. She had told Ken that she got off the bus and went straight to the JK/SK play yard and that was a great way to start her time at Le Phare (the lighthouse). Reid didn’t know the names of any of the kids in her class. Ken pressed for just one name but Reid was stumped. It doesn’t seem to bother her not to know the names of the other kids. She refers to them as “friends” and that is enough until she has heard their names enough from other people to learn them herself.
Each day since, Reid has cheerfully gone off to the new daycare and school. I’m so happy that she didn’t have the trouble she had when she started at the Academy. I guess I’d forgotten about Mean M having such an important role in the trouble. Or maybe the important difference is that Ken is here and the only changes are away from home.