She was a baby when this overeager, first time mom began researching on the best preschools in the area. More than the school’s website, it was the separate rave reviews from my sister, a cousin, and a colleague that convinced me that Kidsville would be my choice.
Shortly after Colleen turned three, we signed her up for the trial class before her pre-nursery (or Bumblebee) schoolyear. She seemed to enjoy all the activities but refused to have me leave the classroom. That was expected in the first few days, I was told. But to my dismay, she seemed extra clingy, too hyperactive, and once bit a member of the staff because she wanted to go to the playground when it was time for an indoor activity!
So with some trepidation, on the first day of school, I commissioned myself to the role of stage mother. To my delight, I discovered that my presence in the classroom was not needed that day, nor the next, nor the next. Colleen simply came to class as if she had been doing so all her life. She posed gamely for Teacher Anne’s camera, sang songs, played with her classmates, and came home with a welcome gift from teacher each day that first week of school. I initially had concerns that Colleen would find pre-nursery unchallenging as she already knew her alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes. But it amazed me no end each time she came home from school singing a new song, reciting a new prayer, stating the beginning letter of things she sees, counting from 1 to 100, then skip counting by 10s, regaling us with stories about the teachers and staff of Kidsville, as well as her classmates, and finally, writing her name. And who knew that my often obstinate little one could be directed to sing and dance on cue at the annual Christmas and moving up exercises?
It was a year of firsts for us parents too as I was assigned to read a storybook out loud at my daughter’s class. At the annual family olympics, I suspected my husband had more fun than our little girl as we joined other parents in relay events and took home a sizeable booty!
Fun and learning equals happy, smart and balanced kids. I think that is what Kidsville is about. It doesn’t hurt that everyone in school knows each one by name. No one is a stranger here, be they teachers, staff, students, parents, even yayas. It was only when I viewed Teacher Anne’s carefully prepared photoslideshow of Colleen’s entire bumblebee year that I realized how quickly time had passed. Looking at the collage of photos of my daughter and her classmates, how tiny they were when they started, and how they had matured and formed baby friendships within the year, left me nearly bawling. I’m convinced that Kidsville had really pushed her potential more than I could have had I kept her at home. And for this I have no regrets.
Proud Mama of Colleen (Bumblebee SY 2011-2012)