Monday was Lauren’s Official First Day of Preschool!
It wasn’t her actual first day of daycare. That was October 4, 2010, when we put her right into daycare at the age of 6 weeks old so that Mommy could go back to work.
Nor was it her first day at any new sort of school. The school she currently goes to, she actually started back on August 29, 2011.
But it was her first day in that school’s official Pre-K program, so we took a picture!
This is her “It’s bright, it’s early, and my annoying Mom won’t stop taking pictures” face:
As you can see at first she wasn’t that interested, but when I handed her the prop, she got more into it.
So how has her first week been? Great! She’s already come home with new words (like “chewy”, before everything was “crunchy”), and new phrases (like “so why did you say that?”) and, of course, lots of songs and stories. Parenting-wise, the only difference is that her new class doesn’t eat breakfast until 9am, which means we’ve had to start giving her a little snack before we head out the door.
The other thing this means is that we’re one step closer to her starting kindergarten next year. Unfortunately, our local school district isn’t one of the strongest, and our zoned elementary school has some shockingly low test results. So the hubs and I have decided to start exploring alternative options for elementary schools. Our current list consists of two private schools, two charter schools, one Catholic school, and one public magnet school. We’ve been told it smart to apply to so many because many local schools accept students via a lottery system, and you want to make sure you have a spot somewhere. Each of these schools will require tours and applications, and, for some of them, testing. And with the first round of applications being due this December, it’s going to be a busy fall!
It honestly seems kind of daunting right now, but every kid deserves a great education, and we’re going to try our best to give her one. And we know most importantly, that no matter how things play out, as long as she’s raised in a house full of love with family and friends around she’ll be fine.
What about you guys? How are your kids doing in school this year? Anybody else prepping for a big round of applications? Any tips??