At daycare, the kids are all split up in many different age groups. Allie was in the potty training room and Ella was in the post potty trained room. Allie's room consisted of around 2 to 3 years old but she started before she was two, since she had already been potty training. Ella's room has in general, 3-4 year olds, but they can start as young as 2 1/2, because it's the post potty training room.
Ella should have been moved up earlier, but I just ~love~ her teachers, I wasn't pushing the move. Space was tight, so I didn't mind her staying put. Now that space is opened, she moved up with a bunch of kids. Allie, on the other hand, moved up to what was Ella's room. She isn't quite 3 yet, but since there was space and Allie has been potty trained forever (I think she was totally potty trained by 2 or shortly thereafter), they made the move up.
Ella is doing fine, as she moved with a bunch of her friends. Not a problem there. But my shy little Allison moved up without the kids she's used to. She already knows the teachers so there is no issue there at all. But she just doesn't have a set group of friends yet. I dropped her off this morning and watched as they were playing outside. She just stood to the side of the playground all by herself. It just broke my heart.
Allie is a shy girl. It usually only lasts 10 or 15 minutes and then after that, she's talking up a storm and playing. And I hope this is what I was seeing - those 15 shy minutes. I need to talk to her teacher tonight to make sure.
Wow. I didn't realize how hard it would be to see something like that.