|The welcoming stage for the kiddos.|
Did you go to Vacation Bible School as a youth? I went every summer, and while I can't remember everything about it, I do remember a lot of things, including not only the activities, but the rooms, the table always set up with cookies and little paper cups of Kool-Aid in the main hall, some of the kids who were going too, the songs we sang, and the Bible verses we learned.
My son is almost five, so I thought it was time for him to enjoy the same kind of program. Luckily, our church put on the school late in the Summer, so we were able to enroll him. It's four-days-long and runs two-and-a-half hours each night. That differs significantly from my own experience, which I distinctly remember being a daytime thing... but it's all good. In fact, I prefer it this way because hubby can come along, or he can get some peace and quiet in the house. He works a lot, so he really enjoys that time when we're all out and about (though I'm sure he'd miss us if we were gone too long, riiiiight honey?!??! ;o) ).
|Waiting for me while I filled out the Name Tag info and such.|
My son hasn't really been involved in anything outside of Sunday Morning Nursery/Sunday School where he gets regular interaction with other kids. We do the normal things like visit friends with children, play in the park, or go to activities where other children are playing, but that's not the same thing, I don't think, as a regular block of time doing structured activities with other children, like you would get in preschool. So...with Kindergarten starting VERY soon, I was curious to see how he would feel and/or interact with the group.
|Showing off his own little Bible|
First off, let me say he was just a gem. Outside of showing his Bible (he has his very own miniature version that his brother gave him when he joined the Air Force, and he takes it everywhere) to everyone who would listen for the first few minutes, he did just fine!
|1. Learning a new song 2. Listening to his activities leader say goodnight 3. Showing me his craft kite.|
He came out singing a new song he learned, and babbling a mile a minute, AND he was very excited to tell me that the 'teacher' told him to come back tomorrow. Hurray for his first adventure away from Mommy: I'm glad he had such a fabulous time! I'd say his first night there was a big success. We can't wait to see what fun the rest of the week holds!