And this is what I got. Poor guy is not having the easiest time. He cries on and off for the first 2 hours, does not want to participate, just alternates between wandering around looking at things and sitting in one of the teachers' laps. After snack, however, he totally perks up and joins in the activities. On Monday after snack he exclaimed "That was a great snack!" and from then on he had big smiles. So it's just getting through the first bit of discomfort; he's always been pretty independent but this is a new level of independence, being away from family and with mostly strangers. I hope that on Friday I can get a big smile out of him, and a story or two.