Each year, I’m reminded of what holidays are coming up based on the seasonal section at my local Target. Mid-January, everything turns red for Valentine’s Day. Mid-March, everything turns to pastels for Easter. Late September, I’m surrounded by orange and black for Halloween. And around October, everything goes red and green for Christmas. But late summer, there is another “holiday” retail stores go all out for, one that I’ve lovingly ignored since graduating high school nearly a decade ago: Back to School Season!
It’s the only time of the year where you can buy folders for $0.10 a piece, where you see pallets full of notebooks and loose leaf paper in the middle of aisles and where backpacks hang like decorations above the cash registers.
This year, I’m a back-to-school virgin. I have a small, simple school supplies list (that I’ll purchase using my state’s tax free weekend). I’m already making my checklists and setting the girls up for a good morning routine so school mornings flow without a hitch.
That’s right folks; my baby girl is starting pre-school this year. It’ll be an interesting transition that I’ll be blogging about as we go. She’s been in daycare or with babysitters since she was 8 weeks old so leaving her is not necessarily a new process. But the type of day she has and the type of class she is in will be a change.
This will be different for us because instead of me or daddy dropping her off before work on our own terms, we will be following the pre-school class’ schedule. School starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. Daddy can’t transport her because his hours don’t match those times so it will be my job (still embracing this stay-at-home mom thing) to pack up all three girls, drop Lil off, come home, pack up the twins, pick up Lil, and go on with our day.
We may look into seeing if another family can take her back and forth but I’m pretty particular about who transports her and it’ll be good for me and the babies to have to get out of the house two days a week.
We’ve chosen this program for two very specific reasons:
1. It’s through the school district where she will attend kindergarten in two years. The children in her class will be those that live here in our neighborhood so she will have familiar faces once she goes on to full day school.
2. It’s free. We pay for daycare now and while it’s a wonderful program, it simply does not make sense for us to continue paying when we have an equally good program available for free.
We have open house late next week and school starts in about two weeks. Check back with us to see how that journey goes.
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