Friday, May 07, 2010

L'école

Life -- in the form of head colds and deadlines and surprise visits from the Big Boss -- has been keeping me from the blog, plus we're off once again on vacation next week, but one thing needs needs to be briefly recorded for posterity.

Today was our first visit to Le Petit's new nursery school. Just thinking about it too much makes me cry, in a good way. In September, my no-longer-so-little guy will be off to the école maternelle.

Upstairs, rows of hooks with construction-paper name tags. A classroom with puzzles and toys and a play kitchen, complete, to my delight, with realistic plastic cheese, both camembert and chèvre. Rows of cots on the floor of the nap room; the director's reassurance that yes, they did know how to deal with the occasional child who (ahem) won't nap. Downstairs, the physical activity room with mats to tumble on and ropes to climb, and a cafeteria with neatly arranged toddler-sized tables and chairs. Le Petit explored it all with enthusiasm, and a little more energetically than most of his lovey-clutching peers. I was glad we'd come as a family, for there was no way I could have chased after him and listened to the director at the same time.

I'm excited. I'm not sure why, but I'm sure le Petit will love going to school from the beginning. Our only hurdle remains (sigh) potty training. The director reminded us that children are expected to be "propre," although accidents, of course, do happen. He told us that in all his years teaching "les petits," he'd only seen one student fail to potty train before the September deadline (and that was due to a stressful move and resolved itself quickly). "Summer is a great time to train," he assured us, "And they all learn. With school comes a new status, and new expectations." Right now, I'll just assume he's right.

3 comments:

TB said...

It will happen! If there's some way to put Le Petit in a peer situation with potty-trained kids between now and then, it might be helpful. SO many kids I know were trained at daycare super easily because they wanted to be like the other kids who already used the potty.
My own daughter was really hard to train but after completely refusing to do anything she all of a sudden trained one month before she was 3. We did have backsliding but that was triggered when we traveled internationally and she sort of had an all-around freakout. After about a month she was back to being trained.

Sara Louise said...

Wow, no pressure!
Came over from your Taste of Garlic review :-)
Good luck with the potty training!

hush said...

"Summer is a great time to train" and "they all learn" indeed - that's what I hear all the time and I live nowhere near La France. My friend's 4 year old son is going to "teach" my 2.5 year old how to use the potty this summer.