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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Starting School!

Monday was the official first day of school for students in my area, including my little Angel.  When I say school I mean a K3 program.  This was a last minute decision for me.  I have been extremely blessed; my Mom has kept Angel since she was a baby so she has not had to go to day care.  This has been so wonderful for my Mom, Angel and for me.  I never had to worry about anything knowing Angel was safe, being well taken care of and most importantly loved.  I know that there are a lot of parents that do not have a family member to take care of their child and I am not saying anything bad about day care.  There is just something comforting about having a family member take care of your child.  As she has gotten older I felt the need for her to have some more structure and interaction with other children.  She loves going to church because she gets to play with kids. 
A few months ago before school was out for the summer I started looking into schools she could start in the fall.  Most of them were through churches and offered the Abeka curriculum.  After looking at 4 different ones, I chose one that was medium size, offered a good curriculum, had a good reputation, was conveniently located and was in my price range.  It was from 7:30 in the morning and the latest you could pick your child up was 6:00 in the afternoon.  There was a reason I didn’t pay the registration right then.  I thought about it for months and then began to pray about it.  I needed peace about my decision and wasn’t getting it.  Angel has 20+ years of school ahead of her and I felt bad about my 3 year old having to stay in a classroom for 8+ hours a day.  So I took that idea off the table.  Still thinking she needed some structure and interaction I looked at some Mom’s day out programs.  These were also offered through various churches but the hours were 2 to 3 days a week from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Um, that’s great if you don’t have a job, but I do and I am out the door by 7:30 and as much as I would love to be home by 1:00, that’s not happening.  There did not seem to be a happy medium.  One day I drove by this church I have driven by a thousand times and saw a sign for a day care and thought I would just call to see what they offered.  Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am same curriculum as the others and she gets playtime outside with kids.  No, I don’t get off at 11:00 either but one of the members of my AWESOME family picks her up for me and then she goes to my Mom’s.  Angel has it all.  She gets to learn in a structured environment with kids her age, she gets interaction and play time with them, then she gets to go to her Nana’s have lunch, take a nap and have time with my Mom.  It is a beautiful thing! 

Now my next post will be about the first week…….

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