He's Breaking My Heart...

Evan has been talking about going back to preschool all summer. We explained that he wouldn't have the same teacher and he seemed to be OK with that - he just wanted to go back with his friends. Last Tuesday was his first day back and he was so excited. He went right in and sat down. Thursday he kept saying he didn't want to go and there were a few tears when I dropped him off. He was completely fine when I picked him up and was telling me about a book they read.

Yesterday he started talking about how he didn't want to go to school. This morning he kept begging me, "Momma, please don't make me go to school...please let me stay home with you." and he kept telling me he wanted to go in his teacher's classroom from last year. I told him that he was bigger, so he had to go in a bigger class. My husband had promised him we'd go out on the boat tonight if he was good in school so he reluctantly finished getting ready and off we went. These huge tears started forming in his eyes when we got in the classroom and I could tell he was trying so hard not to cry.

I wanted to snatch him up and bring him home with me. His teacher got him started on an activity sheet and he seemed to be OK, but was still trying not to cry. I'm not sure what is going on because he has so much fun at school, but I hope this doesn't last long. He's breaking my heart with these tears!

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20 comments:

Judy said...

Poor little guy...maybe it's just the change of classroom and teacher that is stressing him out. Hopefully he'll get past it soon.

Sangeetha said...

it takes about 2 weeks for a new classroom transition, but kids are resilient and he will get over it

blueviolet said...

Oh Dee, I am so sorry that he's having a tough time with the transition!

There are probably some changes and more structure this year and some of that may be playing into his feelings. I hope this passes quickly, but I feel for him and for you!

Sarah said...

Poor guy! I absolutely hate that. Last year my daughter HATED going to Kindergarten. I asked her teacher if we could meet and discuss some things. It seemed to help tremendously! I would recommend that if he doesn't seem to feel better about going to school soon. Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

my son went through that last year. today is his first day of preschool this year..i am so hoping things go smoothly. good luck and stay strong..i know the heartstrings issue..ugh!
nannypanpan at gmail.com

Jenny said...

Oh, I would have been crying! Poor guy. I hope he gets adjusted to the new teacher soon.

mommy2luke2008 said...

It's hard when they cry. I have this problem with my son. He goes to daycare everyday and recently moved up to the bigger room and has had a hard time with the transition. He misses his old teacher too. I have been trying to really talk daycare up to him telling him how much fun he is going to have and it has worked the last couple of days. Sorry that's the only advice I have to offer.

Thas @ Cooking with Thas said...

It happens and it is the beginning. Hope he starts liking the new teacher and makes lots of new friends.

Kas said...

Poor baby! ((HUGS)) He will like it after a few weeks. It just takes time.
Kas

Steph @ MomKaboodle said...

awww, poor kiddo! Is this preschool a type of co-op or anything where they have a "parent of the day"? I'm wondering if you could stay one day to help out (and unofficially observe the class). Maybe you'll see something that you can do to help him feel more comfortable more quickly?

Good luck!

bigguysmama said...

Awww, poor little honey! Maybe next year before he goes to kindergarten you could visit his room and meet the new teacher? Of course that's a year from now. I hope that as time goes on he'll be able to adjust.

~Mimi

http://livingatthewhiteheadszoo.blogspot.com/ said...

aww Poor guy and mom. My daughter cried when she left her 1st grade teacher. She loved her so much and asked her would she please just follow her grade to grade and teach her until she was finished. I hope he feels better about it soon.

Heather said...

My mom said I cried everyday after school from kindergarten to 2nd grade. She finally figured it out that I hated change, so after that she took me to meet my new teachers and see the class room the day before school started and I was fine after that. Poor little guy.

alissa4illustration said...

So sad! I hate when they cry! Hopefully he'll be a champ in a week or so. I know it took Mica about that long to adjust.

My nephew was in tears as my sister left him at preschool school this week. She's the one with the sick baby. With everything he's going through, my heart melt!

Do you think part of Evan's fear has to do with more then school? Maybe the soon to come baby? I'm just grasping at straws. I remember acting like that when my mom was pregnant with my younger sister. Once she was born I was fine. While she was pregnant I acted out to the babysitters. I'm not even sure why I did it. I was 5 when she was born. I was ok at school, but mean to the babysitters. My parents didn't know what to do with me. I think I was afraid of not being the baby anymore. I know Evan has a younger sister. Only now is aware of what it means to have a new baby in the house.

Cher said...

At my son's school last year the aides had to drag my son out of the car crying for a whole year! Then I was lucky enough to get him on the school bus and as much as it breaks my heart to send him on the bus at just 4 years old, he loves the bus and is so excited!

Melinda-LookWhatMomFound...and Dad too! said...

poor guy :( Shae's already up in arms because she starts kindergarten next year, she doesn't want to go LOL

Teresha@Marlie and Me said...

He must really miss his former teacher. Maybe he can stop by her class and say hi for a few days to ease the transition.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Poor guy! I think sometimes it is just hard for them to adjust to doing things differently. Grant was alittle weary of school this year because he didn't have many friends from last year in his new class. He made new friends fast though and after a week or so he was excited to get to school:) I hope Evan adjusts quickly and gets back to loving school soon!

Melanie said...

Oh, I sure hope he starts liking it soon too:)

Michael said...

Hi,

As a teacher in California, I've seen this behavior before. Kids are reluctant to change, especially the younger ones. If the tears persist, spend an hour or so in his classroom observing, or better yet, volunteer your help to the teacher.

Feel free to visit me at my website: http://www.childcontrolled.com/ or e-mail me if you have any questions.

I hope to visit you again soon.

Michael
writinghigh2009@gmail.com

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