Can you believe that you need to register your little ones NOW for pre-k in the fall?!?!?! At some preschools, it may already be to late to get in.
I just left a message this morning at a local preschool that had been highly recommended by no less than six or seven moms. My daughter is turning 3 at the end of August and I think it will be good for her to learn and socialize with other little ones in a structured setting. Hearing the raving of the moms of current and former students of this pre-k certainly helped put my mind at ease about sending her.
My heart skips a beat thinking about her going off to school for the first time-without me.
I wanted to be that nonchalant mom enrolling her daughter in pre-k who didn't talk the administer's ear off with how I am preparing my daughter academically and socially (as if pre-k determines whether your kid is going to be a success or a failure in life), no tears (on my part), and no racing to her office to sign the forms in the need to have two hours of peace all to myself (hallelujah, start the party).
She called back before lunch. After she explained how their day was set up and the times, I told her I was very interested and how did we proceed from there. She mentioned that paperwork was involved. If you know me-paperwork is what sits in pretty piles in a basket on my husband's desk to make the room look authoritative and businesslike. I told her she could drop them in the mail. Yes, folks, I was successfully that laid back parent nonchalantly enrolling my daughter in pre-k.
And then the words came spewing out, "I know classes can fill up fast..."
She replied, "yes, they do. We only have two spots left."
I'm sure she heard my sharp intake of breath. I'm sure they heard it in China.
When she said that they only had two spots open, my adrenalin started to race. My mind was calculating how long it would take me to get both girls in their winter gear, whether the gas gauge was still on E, and where the preschool was located exactly (I only have driven past it a hundred times). I estimated about fifteen minutes even before she could utter a word.
She replied that she was on her way out and that she would be in tomorrow from 8-10 if I wanted to stop by then. Did I? Was the sky blue? Does a poopy diaper stink?
Do you think me sitting in the parking lot waiting for her at 7:45 is to desperate? No, I wouldn't really do that. Or would I? Actually, I will probably make sure I am there at 8 sharp. I figure that will just make me look punctual.
I feel like I'm in a mommy race. Who can register their kid faster? All I want is not to come in last.
Any pre-k advice from you seasoned mommies?
Tomorrow I will be posting an article about activities to do at home with little ones (basically doing a version of pre-k at home).
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