This fall has brought a few new things for our household. One is that I’ve started teaching as an adjunct professor in the politics department at Southern Virginia University (the school that Husband is an English professor). It is something I’ve always wanted to do, and am so excited to have the opportunity. This semester I’m teaching State and Local Politics and it’s been so much fun. Mind you, it’s been stressful and I’ve been so. busy. But it is totally worth it. I feel like having the opportunity to do my own thing, use my degrees, exercise my brain, and generally remember that I am someone besides “mom” has been so good for me. It’s going so well, I’m already planning classes to teach in the future.
Another new thing this fall has been sending Thing 1 to preschool. I wasn’t sure up until August that I was going to do this. I’m not of the mind that you send a child to preschool just because they’re 3. I think the choice between early schooling or delayed schooling is very individual (academic, social, and emotional factors are all at play), and there is no one right answer. When it came down to it, I just really felt like Thing 1 was ready. And for him it wasn’t even about academics or being social. He does fine with both things (indeed, is way advanced academically). My big concern with him was whether he was emotionally… capable. He’s never really seen either me or my husband as authority figures and I was so worried if he’d see his teachers as authority figures, or if it’d be a constant battle for all of them every day.
And for sure, the first week every day that I picked him up I was told about how he got in trouble that day. It was disheartening. But it started happening less and less and now the reports from his teachers is that he’s getting the hang of things and doing much better. I’ve seen the difference at home too, where applying structure to our lives has been easier, because he is experiencing it at school. I feel like enrolling him in preschool has just been the best thing for him.
He’s actually enrolled in two of them. One is a preschool in our town run out of the local Methodist church. The ladies that run it are awesome and have been doing it for decades. I heard lots of really good things about it from other parents, and so decided to enroll Thing 1. He loves it there. We are also part of a co-op preschool with a group of moms and kids here in our area. The moms all take turns teaching and we’ve all pitched in to get the supplies that we need. It’s been a really good experience so far and Thing 1 loves attending that school as well. Both schools meet two days a week, so Monday through Thursday Thing 1 gets to go to preschool, and he so looks forward to it every time.