I have been planning on sending Adriana to the local Catholic school for Pre-K for basically forever. I scheduled a tour last month and was all set to hand over the registration check when I found out that they are getting rid of after care for the early childhood education building next year. Which is completely stupid because they let the Pre-K kids go over to the main (K-8) school for after care this year, as long as they are 5. Adriana will be 5 in October, so my parents could have helped out for a month or two if they were still allowing that, but no. I guess it was offered this year only. Adriana can't go to Kindergarten yet because the school has a strict August 1 cutoff. I briefly thought about forcing it, but then she'd be in my nephew's class and I don't think that would be the best for either of them. While my parents can help some, I wouldn't want or expect them to watch her every day from 2-6, so we are kind of stuck unless we magically find a super reliable, super cheap baby sitter. The school's after care was REALLY affordable and nothing else is really going to be as convenient, easy, or cheap. Plus I don't really dig strangers hanging out at my house.
I thought about sending both kids to the Jewish center instead, but after looking into it, I think it's too expensive. It looked like it was comparable until I realized that the summer session is twice as much as the rest of the year, plus there are other little charges that add up We would also completely lose the flexibility we currently enjoy so I don't know. It might be easier to just keep them where they are, even though I don't love it.
When I was seriously considering the JCC, I took a tour of both the early childhood education center and the K-8 school attached to it. I wouldn't have normally even looked at the school, but since the JCC was getting so many calls from people who were shafted by the Catholic school not offering after care, they were thinking about adding a class for kids who were too advanced for preschool, but not yet the right age for Kindergarten. The K-8 school was basically the school of my dreams - SUCH a better fit for my family than a Catholic school would be. It's super diverse. Kids there are either on the Hebrew track or the Spanish track, since I think less than half are actually Jewish. The Spanish track is focused on learning about cultures from around the world. Kids there seem super tolerant and worldly and cultured. I loved the classrooms and the philosophy and basically everything I heard until they told me the price. It's exorbitant. Dreams dashed. So that's a bummer too, because now I'm always going to feel like our original school of choice is a let down.
So yeah. Another year of daycare. The good news is that Adriana really loves both her current teacher and the Pre-K teacher. She is learning all of the things I'd expect her to learn at this age, and she is really maturing and listening better. The bad news is that Lucy will be in the class of the teacher Adriana HATED for at least part of next year if we stay. Plus we just had another one of those minor annoying incidents that keep adding up and souring my opinion of the place. You ready for this one?
We were driving home from daycare yesterday, and Lucy kind of pouted and said "Miss Brandy called me a baby." I was like well, you'll always be MY baby. Lucy then said "Miss Brandy said I'm not a big girl anymore." Hmm. "What were you doing when she said that, sweetie?" "I pooped." (Pronounced "poopted", heh). So basically the teacher's aide shamed my two year old for having an accident. The worst part is that I have told both the teacher and the aide MULTIPLE TIMES to sit L on the potty at 4 every day, since she was pooping in her pants between 4:05-4:30 nearly every day. They are doing all of their end of day stuff and moving rooms at that time, so I think that they basically just let the kids run rampant and don't pay attention. So of course, that's when little miss reliable needs to poop. This has resulted in a major backslide for her potty training - she went for a few months with very few accidents to basically not pooping on the potty unless she's at home. Grrrr. You'd think they would want to work on it just as much as I do - no one wants to clean up poop, right?? So ridiculous that they would SHAME A KID because they were too busy/lazy to follow my instructions. I was not pleased, to say the least.
Stuff like this is so frustrating to me. There are just not enough good options around there, or at least not enough AFFORDABLE good options. It seriously feels like we are the only family with two working parents who can't seem to find a school situation that is a good fit, which CAN'T be the case, right? Maybe we should have looked harder at the public schools, but then we'd just have be switching the affordable house / unaffordable school situation for an unaffordable house / affordable school (plus adding a ton of inconvenience). And I think a more structured school setting is better for my particular children than getting a nanny. I might feel differently if I had different kids, but I don't. I like the current mix of parent/grandparent/school time, just wish I didn't feel like I was stuck with a school I don't love by default.
I don't know, it's just Pre-K right? No need to stress this much about it? In what will feel like a microsecond, L will be in Kindergarten and A will be in 2nd grade and this will all be a distant memory.