Over the weekend, our family loaded into the wagon and headed to Potrero Hill for the Live Oak Open House. It was a short and unstressful drive.
We arrived right on time and the school was already packed with teachers, families, and kids. Alice was initially overwhelmed but once she spotted her best friend from preschool she was entirely at ease. The two little girls scurried about as if they owned the place. In the kindergarten room, they cuddled in a nook under the stairs of a loft. They played grocery store with a play cash register and they painted pictures. Alice spelled her name incorrectly across her picture—and I felt so comfortable that I didn't even care. Parents with children at Live Oak have been telling me that their school is laid-back, and at this open house, I really felt it.
We ended up in the art room where Alice plopped down on a stool next to the teacher and made a "theater book." This time she spelled her name correctly. She probably sat there for 30 minutes, cutting and gluing and drawing. At work in this great big art studio, Alice seemed all grown up.
The open house was meant to get Alice acquainted with the school before her screening in January. It also reassured me that Alice is ready for kindergarten. It took her only 10 or 15 minutes to warm up to a school that's probably 50 times as big as her current preschool. As she was bopping around in the kindergarten room, it really started to sink in that my little girl will be going off to school next year.