Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Nursery School? Check!
Lyle's name, miraculously, came up in the lottery at Families Together Cooperative Nursery School - the one we visited a while back and loved! We'd been entertaining two quite distinct options for him for next year, and this pretty much clinches the deal. (Particularly as the other good option, Loyola University Preschool, has him just about last on its waiting list.) But Families Together is what I have come to think of as the "kinder, gentler option" for Lyle's next year. It involves him going on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-11:30 AM to a "Young 3's" class. He will indeed be a young 3, having just turned three at the end of August. There will be 16 kids with 4 adults because each day they have parent volunteers working in the classroom; Matt or I will go in for a morning once a month. It's a lovely place and Lyle was very happy playing there when we visited. It's also the place where we have loads of connections - many of Baxter's favorite friends at Burley Elementary went there for nursery school, and one of the teachers sends her son to Burley as well. It's close by our new house and the parents have told me that it's a really nice way to meet lots of great parents in our community, especially since we'll be volunteering with them in the classroom and on committees.
One drawback of this option is that it doesn't do anything about Lyle's actual child care! Those are the days I'm home with him, which is nice in that it allows me to participate in the co-op but I still work the other days. So it looks like we'll need to hire a nanny for just one more year for Lyle. We were hoping to avoid the expense, but it's also nice for Lyle to have another year of the individual attention and for us to have someone here with a car who can provide back-up on Baxter's sick days and random half-days and days off from school (and you wouldn't believe how many of these there are!). It certainly simplifies a lot of things for us. And maybe next year he'd get into Loyola Preschool, which would cover my work days. And of course, the drawback of any preschool whatsoever is that we are going to have to get Lyle potty trained this summer!! Yikes!