We did super simple treats: mummy wrapped Hershey Bar and a couple of ghost suckers with a few other little pencils and trinkets.
(We saw one of the other class's loot and gasped. HUGE buckets filled with stuff. We felt a pang of guilt and then kept saying. They are FOUR years old. They don't need a lot. The teacher told us, "They just got loot. Our kids got y'all. They enjoyed your presence more than the stuff you brought." How much do I love that lady!
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Basically the extended day adds lunch (which they bring to school) and a nap. They watch a video between lunch and nap and that's the rest of their day. Poof. My main concern was was that Gianna wouldn't nap at school and possibly become a distraction or disturbance to other kids. I worried about the extra money it would cost (an extra $40 per week) and then I realized that it was a little over $2 an hour and I couldn't even get a babysitter that cheap. I mulled it over in my mind for weeks. I grappled with feelings of guilt that half day should be enough. But heck, I'm still only 15 months into the most difficult chapter of my life and grief continues to take it's toll on me, my child, my parent efforts, etc. It's okay that I'm not operating at full capacity. It's just where I am.
Finally I decided to ask the teacher and director if it was even a possibility to extend her day. Her response was, "Maria, she has transitioned beautifully to school. She is ready and capable and YOU need this." I brought it to prayer and everything just seemed liked it was the right choice at the right time. Done.
So as of November 1st, she started extended day and I pick her up at 2:15pm instead of 11:15am. Gianna was THRILLED.(I did feel her out first and she couldn't wait to stay with her other friends.) I got her a nap mat. We already had a lunch box and off she went.
She has napped every single day at school (I guess I would too if the director came and rubbed my back!!!) and when I pick her up at 2:15, I've accomplished things, she's rested and happy and we have the rest of the day to spend however together with much less stress. What a blessing. BEST money I've ever spent. BEST decision I've made for both of us. I'm glad I started the year the way we did - easing in to the transition of school, but this has been great for us. I'm glad I made the tough choice.