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Pre-school – tiring work

Turns out there is a huge difference between pre-school (with aftercare) and day-care.

Little OL fell asleep in the car on the way home from work and only woke up again at 6:15 the following morning.  She did not even wake when I washed her face, undressed her or put on her pajama’s.

 

dirty work -this pre-school thing
dirty work -this pre-school thing

 

 

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And so it starts!

Little OL started at a Montessori school this morning, so I am now officially the mommy of a pre-schooler!  Although she does have 3 years before she starts actually starts Grade R.  Here are a few photos from yesterday when she went in for orientation.

Comparing the picture from fthe irst day of day care last year
Comparing the picture from fthe irst day of day care last year
Intrigued by the photo taken a year ago.
Intrigued by the photo taken a year ago.
What a difference 1 year makes
What a difference 1 year makes
Building a puzzle - happy
Building a puzzle – happy

When I picked her up she was full of smiles and when I asked what she did all I got out of her was that she built puzzles (her all-time favourite thing) and climbed a tree.  And she had some mud on her, which I always take as a good sign!

 

PS- Look at the size of her classroom, it is huge.  I am hoping that because of this she will be sick a whole lot less this year!

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And some good news!

We just received news that Little OL was accepted at the school we really wanted to send her too. This means that she starts pre-school next year!  YIKES.  I am really excited and hope that it is a good fit for us.

If it is as good as we hope it to be we will keep her there for Primary School as well.  Another exciting thing is that in 2015 they will be opening a High School as well, so it might be possible to keep her there for her entire school career.

I know that there will be critics and those that question our choice for various reasons. The school is small, it is private and it is a Montessori school, but we believe the choice is a good one and one that will work for us and our child.  I have already been asked about the lack of school sports, but truthfully it is not actually something that concerns me too much.  Possibly because as a child I chose sports that were not traditional school sports and am still extremely active.  We will (are already) teaching her to swim and will probably take her to tennis lessons or soccer and various other extra mural activities.  Tthe school does offer things like yoga and ballet as well as various other activities.  They just don’t have team sports as because of the numbers.  However, it is much more important to me that physical activity is an active part of her life and something she enjoys doing.  I believe then it will be something that she will continue with as she grows and not something that as soon as she leaves school she will stop doing.  Also hopefully by seeing how active I and my family are we will be setting a good example.  She will be able to see how much we enjoy participating in various activities and will be encouraged to do the same.

So- yay! We are excited and now I can at least stop stressing over where she will be going to school for a bit.  Now I just need to worry about what I am going to be doing with her over school holidays etc!!!