Today was the official first day of school at Bright Idea Learning Center, and I think it went fairly well. I have 5 kids enrolled right now plus my 11-month-old, but only 2 started today. The rest will start on August 18th or 25th, when EMS-ISD starts back to school. I feel blessed that it worked out this way because that way I can train 2 children (who have never been in a structured child care program) what our routines are and the procedures are for centers, lunchtime, naptime, etc. and then they can help me train the 3 others when they start.
The challenge for me today was that the 3-year-old isn't potty trained. I haven't ever potty trained a child before, but I got him to use the potty 2 times on his own today, so I was impressed with myself. One time he needed a little coaching from me, but the second time I helped him up on the potty, and he just started going on his own, yeah! Since his mom had already started the process, I'm hoping I will have him mostly trained in the 2 weeks. We are going to work hard on it, anyway. If you have any tips for potty training boys, let me know. The thing is that if I don't have him trained by the time the other kids start, then I will have 3 kids in diapers - that could be rough!
For children who haven't ever been in structured child care before, they were really good! They were fairly obedient, one more than the other, but she is older than he is, so that is to be expected. Plus, she is a natural leader, so she really motivated him to follow the rules, and listen to "my words." She is part of the reason we were slightly successful with using the potty today. He wanted to use the potty like big kids do, not wear a diaper like Jackson does.
One hitch in the day is that he didn't take a nap. He is used to napping in a closed room with a fan in his comfortable bed, not on a nap mat in an open room with all kinds of fun toys around him tempting him, with me doing household duties in the living room. I was worried that Jackson's schedule would conflict with BILC daily schedule, but it didn't. Evrything worked out smoothly.
Anyway, I have things to do to ready myself for tomorrow...