Early this year I started looking at preschools in the area and decided they were all more expensive than I cared to budget. I was going to have a newborn toward the end of summer, anyway, so it seemed like bad timing. Once I found out I wouldn’t have a newborn at home I also heard that our elementary school offered a free preschool and I was SOLD on that idea. Today was Evan’s first day!


He goes twice a week in the afternoons, and his best friend is in his class. While that may be a little trickier for the teacher, it makes it possible to carpool! When I picked him up today he told me that they played with play dough, sat on the shapes rug with their legs crossed (he called it “applesauce” and was delighted that I knew “criss-cross applesauce”), learned a song about sea creatures, read a story about a monster who goes to preschool and has to learn all the rules, and had a snack. Then I asked him these questions that I hope I can remember to ask next year – if not, at least it was fun this one time!

Who is your favorite person in the whole world? Cooper

What is your favorite color? Green

What is your favorite tv show? Jurassic Park

What is your favorite outfit? The Superman costume that Grandma Marla made

What sport do you like best? The animal one where you touch stuff

What song do you love? Pufferbellies (“Down by the Station”)

What is your favorite cereal? Bird cereal (Fruit Loops)

Who is your best friend? Cooper

What do you want to be when you grow up? A fireman

What is your favorite book? All About Microbes

What are you really good at? Pretend fighting

Where do you wish you could go on vacation? The mountains

What is your best memory? Hiking with Pa

What would you buy if you had $1,000? Everything

What is your favorite food? Meat

If you could have a wish, what would it be? To have a real pretend green toy car like the 5-year-old girl next door

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate

Who is your biggest hero? Pa

What do you like to do most with your friends? Play Jurassic Park

What do you hope you’ll get to do in school this year? Play

(I adapted the questionnaire from this birthday interview.)