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My 3 year old boy is in a large preschool, which I like for some reasons, but not crazy about the teachers or the lack of teacher stability. He started last April, and had a hard adjustment. Still today, he doesn't ever want to go, but doesn't fight it as much anymore.
He's extremely shy, and slow to warm, even compared to other 3 year olds. I'm interested in trying a small, maybe home-based preschool with more like 8-12 kids. He gets easily overwhelmed in large groups. That includes all classes we've tried (even when parents are there), music, soccer, gym, etc. He'd rather just stay home.
Any recs. for a pre-school in Oakland, preferably Redwood/Laurel/Fruitvale area, but willing to travel further. I know of one small one, but they are booked this year and next. Also, we need a school that allows part time (3 full days/week). Thanks in advance! Shy boy's Mama
Hello, I am starting to research preschool schools for my 2 year old. And, I would love a school that is either a Montessori based or a school that has a dedicated Spanish class or instruction. However, my child is extremely slow to warm with some anxiety. We are working on this area and hoping preschool interaction will help. I have been advised to find a school that doesn't combine ages (i.e. 2-5yr olds) in the same class room. Any recommendations or suggestions on schools would be appreciated. Jennifer
My 4 year old, as well as my almost 2 year old, both started out in the Infant Room. We've been around for quite some time, and have seen lots of children come through the doors at CEC. What's amazing is that each child, even the ones with slow-to-warm up temperaments, seem able to connect with at least one teacher in each classroom. All the teachers are very warm, nurturing, and open. What's great is that there are 5 separate classrooms: Infants, Toddlers, Twos, Preschool, and Pre-K, but at some point during the day, different groups of kids get to interact w/ each other. I love that my 4 year old and 2 year old get to play together during outside time, and that each teacher knows each child. It makes for a great extended family feeling. Sherry
Hi, We are looking for a recommendation for a pre-school for our 2.5 year old daughter. She is extremely shy and would not talk outside her house (for example, her previous nanny could not draw her into a conversation for over 6 months). Our daughter is being raised in a tri-lingual environment (Russian, Chinese, English). We would ideally like a recommendation of a pre-school which would foster the languages, in El Sobrante, Richmond, Pinole, or Orinda area. Thank you! Olga
I have a 3 1/2 year old daughter who is quite shy. When she's warmed-up, she's very talkative and social, but she's usually very withdrawn in new situations, particularly with lots of noise and people. When we go to parks, she's afraid to go on play structures with other kids, and when we are in novel social situations, she'll mainly want to sit on my lap. I had her in a large preschool that was too overwhelming for her, and recently took her out, because she seemed so sad and withdrawn there. I'm looking for a smaller, more managable setting that would work better for a shy child.
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I also have a shy (slow-to-warm)3.5 year old girl and am looking for similar preschool. I am thinking that small class size is one very important feature, but haven't found any that feel right yet. Would love to talk more with you about this, maybe even have a playdate for our shy 3.5 year olds and any others out there. Please email me if this interests you. We live in North Oaklnd/Rockridge area. Feeling like Flypaper Mama
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