We had visited this daycare facility before. I don’t know whether this facility would’ve been my first choice, but it’s the only one that allowed me to pay for only the weeks Ellis is enrolled in which saves me a lot of money. But, the teachers here seem detailed and caring enough.
For a long time I thought Ellis was behind other children in terms of physical and social development. But, at least in terms of language ability, Ellis is far away the most talkative at least based on what I see in class. However, the other kids are much more developed physically both in terms of dexterity and muscle mass. And, they are not picky with the snacks provided to them.
Arrival at Daycare
We programmed Ellis to look forwards to her first day of school. We’ve filled her head with the idea that school is fun and exciting, a chance for her to have fun with kids her age. We even challenged her that she will be at school without daddy or auntie. And, it worked. She was really looking forwards to saying “bai bai” to us after we drop her off.
On her first day, she’s armed with her bear backpack and joyously marched into daycare with me. However, upon entering the classroom, she nervously clung to me. She wasn’t completely willing to sit next to the other kids during morning snack time, and she didn’t want to touch the apple sauce and milk provisioned.
But, she was willing to play with building blocks at another table with me for a short while. And, during this time, I was trying to gauge when the best time was for me to take my leave and let the teacher take over.
As she got involved in some of the classroom activities, I stepped farther away from her. But, she immediately notices something is wrong and chases after me.
Eventually, I had to give her the speech that it’s her job to be brave and to learn at school, and daddy will promise to return to pick her up in the afternoon.
To my surprise, she sucked up her tears, started to push me away and told me to go.
Picking Up Ellis at Daycare
During the afternoon, I returned to pick Ellis up and saw her talking to another teacher, Miss Kylene. Miss Kylene was leading her class in play at the front park where it’s near the parking lot but divided by a fence. I peaked between the fence’s wood slabs and saw Mss Kylene folding up Ellis’ blanket. And, Ellis was talking to Miss Kylene in Chinese incessantly. When I walked to the play area, Ellis ran into my arms, and Miss Kylene told me she never had a child who was so talkative with her.
Miss Kylene is not her “homeroom” teacher, but she reviewed what she could with me regarding Ellis’ day. And, later, I got to talk to Miss Raquel too. They said Ellis cried for 15 minutes after I left but started playing with others after the entire class took a nap around 11am. She ate almost all her lunch and was talkative for the remainder of the day.
The teachers also started potty training and limiting Ellis’ use of her blankie and pacifier. About a month later, she’s completely off her pacifier. But, she’s still struggling her other two endeavors. She was using the toilet during her first week at daycare but stopped afterwards.
Day one of daycare just so happens to be Ellis’ birthday. So, we took her to the Spectrum for the carousel and the Ferris wheel. We then returned home to a room full of balloons. Hopefully, she feels rewarded and calmed down after a grueling day.
And, we prepared a little surprise for our birthday girl at home.