Friday, February 17, 2012

Random Ramblings

* I love, love tax season. Call me crazy, but it's almost like Christmas to me. Two years ago, I was able to buy my car with my tax return. Last year, I installed a fence and got the girls a swing set. And this year, we'll be buying the girls their new beds, a washer & dryer that doesn't take 3 hours for one load to finish, and a few other odds & ends things. Like my new camera bag (love it!) and a stand for my photography backgrounds.







* We're enrolling the girls in a local preschool for the fall. I can't choose whether to do the 2 day or 3 day program. They'll have another year of preschool on top of that, before they start K5 (they'll be almost 6). Any suggestions?

* I'm also trying to start planning for the summer with the girls. I want to do "school" several times a week with them. I'd also like to incorporate field trips and activities that match up. What I don't want to do is be stuck at home all day in our pajamas.

12 comments:

  1. We started Jasper in preschool this year for the first time (he turned 4 in August) and just did two mornings a week because I thought I was going to have him in 3 day next year before starting k the following year- but our plans got changed after a parent teacher conference where they convinced me he is ready for kindergarten. That and with the baby coming convinced me to do kindergarten in the fall though he will have just turned 5 a couple of weeks before. If you are positive you are going to do preschool two years I would do 2 first then 3 so it's a progression for them instead of 2 years of the exact same thing and then all of a sudden 5 days. Tough choices though!

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  2. My little Reese is about a month older than Audrey and Natalie. She goes two mornings a week right now, she'll go three days next year, and then (depending on what my husband and I decide) she'll either go to a 5 days pre-k or kindergarten. Her teacher's think she'll be ready for K next year (she meets the cut off), but apparently the new "in" thing to do is to hold your kid back if they have a summer birthday. I don't know how I feel about it, but I know lots of people that are doing it, which means she would end up being 14 months younger than some kids in her class. I'm on the fence!

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  3. We're doing 2 mornings a week starting in September, but my son will have just turned 3. I think it really just depends on the child(ren). While my son is used to being out all day at his daycare, he has sleep apnea and after rough nights he needs a more flexible schedule so he can nap when he needs to. So the smaller home daycare setting will still be better for him most days. I imagine if the girls are not used to being gone most of the day 2 days would be good for the first year.

    I figure most preschools focus on socialization and basic skills. Especially if you are already doing educational things at home, I think there is no harm in only doing 2 days a week instead of 3 if it fits your schedule better.

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  4. They won't be able to start until Fall 2014 either way, as the cut off is September 1st, and their birthday is October 1st. I'm OK with them being some of the oldest in their class, because they are small for their age.

    We have the option of doing either 2 or 3 days this year, and then 3 or 5 days for K4 next year. So I'll probably do 2 days this Fall, 3 days next, and then full time K5 after that (for free, thank goodness!!).

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  5. As far as preschool, my opinion is do whatever best fits your family's needs. I'm not of the school that thinks preschool is a must in order to be prepared for kindergarten, though. You seem to do an outstanding job of providing them with lots of experiences at home, so I'm sure they will excel when the time comes. As far as looking for things to do this summer, you should check out icanteachmychild.com (if you haven't already:). She has some really great things on there. Good luck with whatever you decide about returning to teaching next year. You have a precious family! :)

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  6. I have Timmy in a 2 day this year, and next year he's going to a 4 day program. But at the school we're at that's really the only option for his age. I think if I were you I'd send them to 3 days next year, then 5 days for JK.

    Where are you buying your backdrops? I need to invest in a few.

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  7. Caroline - I use fabric! The pink in our VDay pics was some light pink corduroy I bought to reupholster a chair with. I'm a fan of fleece, which I can find at Walmart off season for like $2. Maybe eventually I'll get into seamless paper.

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  8. we do school all the time, it's just not plotted out. everything is a lesson. I would go for 2 days since they have another year (in the same boat here) if it were us, because they will be stuck in a stuffy classroom with basically no freedom for years to come, let them be little while you can! I know at least one of your girls enjoys school time, so I say start a little bit and then if one of their interest fades, you take off and play with the baby and let them continue, or not, depending on how they feel about it. I got workbooks for $1 at target in August. They may have them out NOW for spring semester, I'm not sure, but they had little white boards, too, all in that front section of the store. If they're ready to read, you could take turns writing down words for them to read, or write if they're that far. If not, you could use flashcards or paper or a white board for them to guess letters or sounds. If they get restless, give them free time, or do dance time ( aka recess). Maybe you have boundless energy, I don't know, but personally? Staying home wears me the hell out. Pardon the french. My girl is a ball of energy and the baby takes up every ounce of time and attention that the big one doesn't. I also use the tv as an effective learning tool. PBS. I pause the tv when it asks a question and make mine answer. She's already 'ahead' of most of the 4 year old programs, but the older ones are annoying (Dora) so I try and ask all sorts of different things, like, how does that make 'character' feel? Would you do that? What SHOULD they do? Because, quite frankly, a lot of the shows are based on the theory that 'something' is a problem. Like muddy feet. To me, it's not a problem, just take your shoes off and get on with it, but there's plenty of 'good stuff' in there, too, so I try and ignore the 'moral' code. I also take zero guilt in TV since it's PBS and the few things she watches from other networks are kid safe and encourage imagination. Obviously, you're a trained teacher, so you have better ideas than me, but I've found that just 'as you go' learning does a world of good, and trying to push the point too hard just makes it no fun for a kid that age. :-) I'd love to hear what you're doing, my youngest will be sitting up by herself, so hopefully I can do a little more with my 3 y.o. this summer, too.

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  9. I teach preschool and would highly recommend 3 days. The third day allows for so much more learning opportunity. I have never had anyone regret doing 3 days, but often have 2 days parents wishing they had done 3.

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  11. Do the three day program- no question. M&L go two days and it's fine, but they love school and are bored at home now, even though we try to do something fun (make a crafty thing, go someplace new, take a hike) on "home days". If it wasn't so incredibly expensive, we'd add a third day.

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  12. This is unsolicited advice, but you should adjust your W4s so that you don't GET a tax return at all. You're giving the government an interest-free loan throughout the year when you could be using it for your family or saving it yourself WITH interest.

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