The Many Adventures of Keira!

This is our page to document our family's adoption journey- starting from when we first started planning for our little one, to when we brought her home. We're also going to keep this updated with all of the things that Keira has been up to since she's been home with us here in the U.S!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pre-School and Panda Bears

Dan and I have been checking out a few pre-schools to have Keira go to for a few months now. The price ranges for some changed significantly depending on whether your child is potty trained or not. Keira was potty trained but was still having some accidents when taking a nap. She sometimes takes a nap for an hour..other times, she'll be down for almost 3-4 hours! I would think this would be an issue if she wasn't sleeping at night, but on those days, she still would sleep through the night! She's now been potty trained completely through the day including her naps for a few months now so I thought she might be ready until she started having a few accidents here and there. We held off on pre-school until we were SURE that there wouldn't be anymore accidents and she is doing great again.

Dan and I went to check out a really great pre-school yesterday. It was decorated nicely and spotless which is always nice to see. I guess I feel that a clean place that doesn't look run down shows that the teachers and staff care more about things than just collecting a paycheck. I really liked the philosophies and their curriculum. While in the waiting area for the tour, they had a little table with paper for children that were waiting to draw and color. Keira LOVES to color and it amazes me that she completely stays within the lines when she does. Is that normal for a 3 year old? She will sit there for a very long time being very careful about it and granted, Daisy Duck will be purple, it's still so neat and precise! LOL Well, yesterday was the first time that I have actually seen her DRAW something... not color someting, but DRAW it. She always asks Dan and I to draw things for her, but this was the first time I ever saw her actually do it! "Mommy! Mommy! Look! A panda bear!" There it was! Keira's version of a panda bear. It looked very much like that weird Quizno's singing rat thing (see picture above), but it was her panda bear and I loved it! "Mommy look! Panda bear poo poo!" Sure enough, she had taken a brown crayon and drawn something that was supposed to resemble...well, you get the picture. I laughed and told her how wonderful her drawing was. She started on her next masterpiece. "Mommy...look! A doggie!" Wow! Another cute drawing...which also remarkably resembled the Quizno's rat (am I sensing a theme here?) "Mommy look! Doggie poo poo!" What on earth??? I told her that was nice, but she should let them go poo poo in private. I could hear laughter in the other room before a couple of ladies came out laughing telling me how little ones always seem to get in that stage where it just fascinates them to no end! Later on that day, she proceeded to draw several other animals doing their business for me. I know that I'm not supposed to encourage that, but I just couldn't help but laugh a few times! LOL

I think we're going to fill out the paperwork to register her tomorrow. I am going to have Keira go to be in a learning environment for 3 days a weekdays. 1 day will be with me and I still want her to stay with her current daycare 1 day a week. I want her to be able to have a day of just play play play and I also didn't want to take her away from friends and what she has known as routine with her regular daycare out of the blue. I figured it might just be too much for her. I'm really excited and think this will be a wonderful thing for her! Maybe they will teach her to draw something else...LOL

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