Catherine started preschool last week. She goes 3 days a week and stays through lunch. She was actually supposed to start the week before but she had some mild chicken pox-type symptoms and she had to stay home. She did better than I thought she would. The past month or two she has been extremely clingy, so I honestly thought she was going to cry the whole time, but she didn't. She has a one-on-one aide that is there just for her and helps keep her safe and thinks of ways to involve her in everything the other kids are doing. Shannon is WONDERFUL. She's known Catherine for a few weeks, but she has a great knowledge base, as she had a child with special needs, and feels very comfortable with the extra helps that Catherine needs. Catherine did bring home on the last day of school last week what Jim and I feared the most about putting the kids in school...sickness. It was just a little cold, so she was well enough to go back yesterday, but it is making it's way through the house.
The older 3 boys also started school a few weeks ago. We decided to send them to our local parish school instead of home schooling. I am homeschooling our kindergartner. So far, it seems to be a really good decision. The boys appear to like it a lot, even though if you ask them they will say they don't. There was a small time of transition because they have been home-schooled for 5 years. It was a big change, but they all did well and we are very proud of them!