My school is a year-round school, with normal school during the year and summer camp June-August. Thus, in the beginning of June the majority of our oldest kids move up to a new class and we get a batch of new, younger kids. We have a total of 15 children everyday, and 24 total enrolled. About 1/3 of our class stayed while everyone else moved up. At the end of the school year our youngest child was 15 1/2 months old and our oldest was 30 months old. We have about the same age range currently, but the majority of our kids now are not yet two, while the old class the majority of the kids were two. The class that moved up was tough. They were bored and were ready to move on to bigger things. Overall, they were probably our toughest class yet.
Transition time can be rough. For most of the children, this is their first time in a group environment, and the first time they are away from Mom. We have a transition schedule where the children stay for a certain amount of time each day and then build upon that time until they stay all day.
This new group of children, oh my gosh; this has been the most low-key, easy-going group we have ever had. A lot of them are siblings of children who are in the older classrooms which may have something do with it. We find that second or third children (and their parents) tend to have an easier time transitioning to school than only or first-born children.
While all the children have been doing well, it’s been rough for me. I went all school year without one cold, so I got hit with my first cold the second week of summer camp. On top of that, I have been battling headaches every night that keep me from getting quality sleep. I’ve had to take my migraine medicine pretty much every day for the last two and half weeks. Which stinks because they only come nine pills to a bottle. It’s been fairly awful. So while I don’t think I feel any stress from work, my body is clearly showing me that it is there.
In the end though, it’s nice to look forward to spending my days with children who are enjoying their time at school.