We're slowly but surely making progress on unpacking. We have a lot to share but it will have to come in bits and pieces. The first major hurdle was day care. We visited the place twice before Tyson started there. The director seemed great, she had been there for 8 years, very low teacher turnover, and when we saw the class the kids were all getting lined up to go eat a snack. They were all behaving (as much as 2 year olds behave). Sounds like a great place, right???
WRONG. Thankfully they had cameras or we would have thought Tyson was just having a hard time adjusting to a new place and being away from his girlfriend Skylar. They (supposedly) read books to the kids daily, teach them a letter, color, and shape, do various activities WITH the kids, and work on getting them potty trained. Well... with two parents and four grandparents watching the cameras, we saw them read ONE book all week, and other than that, the teachers sat on their butts in chairs and the kids wandered around bored. Or, they somehow got the kids to sit on a rug and keep them from fighting or acting up, but it sure didn't look like they were doing anything with them.
They also had NO sympathy for a new kid. Tyson would be screaming when I dropped him off (hellooooooooo, totally normal for a new kid), and they'd take him from me, walk to the pile of kids and plop him down in the middle of them. Of course that didn't work. So he spent half of his days walking around aimlessly and crying. I need to stop giving the gory details or I'll get upset again!! Just trust us, it was horrible!
So, by about Wednesday of our first week we had had it. Steve even called up there one time to ask why Tyson was sitting on one side of the room when the other kids were all together and no one seemed to be trying to bring him to the group. I started calling around, toured another school, and got him (and baby sister) enrolled. It's a Primrose school. We never thought our kids would be in one of those but so far it is a night and day difference from either of the other schools Tyson has gone to. And we were happy with the school he went to in Tomball (most of the time). It's looking like it's worth it so far!
We could tell an immediate difference. The teachers and directors actually care about the kids and guess what... they PLAY with them and TEACH them and INTERACT with them! Who would have thought?!?!?! Tyson pretty much did a 180 and is MUCH happier now. All of us are sleeping better at night now that he's out of that horrible place. Who would have thought first impressions could be so opposite from reality.
More updates to come...