Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Muffin Man's World has Changed

Muffin Man started at a new daycare yesterday.

He'd been at his old one since he was 10 weeks old. His first teacher, Miss A., was so special. His second-to-last teacher there, Miss M., was also really wonderful. Other teachers who are no longer there made his every day a joy.

But there's the rub. Those teachers are no longer there. Miss M. is leaving soon too. Miss A. was making noises about not liking where the center is going.

The problem is they've had 5 directors in the time we've been there. And the current director is going on maternity leave next month. And her replacement isn't getting along with the teachers. And she's constantly forgetting the kids' names. The place is starting to come unglued and we're not willing to put MM through that again (the last time it happened, they lost two-thirds of their teachers and had to close the toddler room for lack of staff. MM was dividing his days amoung the crawling babies and the rambunctious two's and three's - a blended class also due to lack of staff.)

So we've moved MM to a different center. And it was hard on him yesterday, but today he came home really happy. Talking about the silly songs his teacher, Miss G., sang and the sign-language movements she did with the song (he particularly liked her rendition of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer")

And we're loving the "what I did today" reports she sent home yesterday and today. They're very detailed (mostly xeroxed, but with hand-written notes specifically about our son) and very cheerful with snowflakes and snowmen in the margins. His old school wasn't too big on daily reports. Except in the very young classes.

There are other things about this new center we're not liking so much, but we've got him on a waiting list at Posh New Place (daycare designed by D1sn3y! Not really, but that's how it looks.)

10 comments:

mommy d said...

Sounds like he had fun at the new place. I suppose that is all that matters!

ccw said...

Sorry to hear about the daycare situation, but that is great that MM seems to like the new place. Kid L had a pre-school teacher that did the daily reports and it is wonderful to have those to read.

Suburban Turmoil said...

It's stressful, I'm sure, to entrust Muffin Man to new people. This one sounds good, though, and Posh New Place sounds delightful! :) Good luck!

Catizhere said...

I don't know what Maggie is going to do once she turns 3 and has to move up to the Pre-K class without Miss Jill.
Our daycare also does the daily reports for the toddlers, but not in pre-k. I like knowing what she did that day, before we sit down to dinner & I ask her about her day. It gives me a clue as to specifics we can talk about.

Genevieve said...

Great to hear that Muffin Man enjoyed his new place on the first day!!

Menita said...

Ms. G sounds great. I starting to research places to send Polly - so far they either involve selling one of my kidneys, Polly, or both, or...I just don't know.

instamom said...

sometimes i think we hate change more than our kids do. when i read the first sentence, i was scared for mm. Change!? a new daycare! NO! but it seems like he is adjusting better than we adults probably would adjust at a new daycare....good thing we aren't the ones going, right!?

Running2Ks said...

I am glad MM is adjusting well, he's resilient and smart and sweet. You are doing the right thing for him.

Anne Glamore said...

I think instamom has a good point. For $ and health reasons I changed my oldest 3 times before he was four. He's fine. Now, if he suddenly starts stashing knives in the closet I'll let you know, but for now I thikn you can rest easy.

Yankee T said...

He's such a well adjusted sounding child...he'll do fine. OD didn't like change, YD begged for it. He's way better off switching than staying a place that Mom and Dad don't like.