After spending last year in the 3, 4, and 5 year old (Primary) Montessori classroom at Legacy, we decided to move Jackson to our "neighborhood" public elementary school. One of the reasons we moved to this community was for the award winning school district it is a part of (and we pay for with the Mello-Roos fees twice a year). Being a SAHM again this year gave us the opportunity to utilize the Pre-K program in the Poway Unified School District.
|So excited! Breakfast...and then lunch now, before school!|
I say "neighborhood" because the school is 5.6 miles from us. There are several San Diego Unified schools less than 2 miles away (which also happens to be the district I'm on leave from). All of the schools around us are award winning, high performing, and excellent in my opinion. I was excited to enroll Jackson in the four year old program at Morning Creek because it is three times a week for half days...in the afternoon. Which means I get him at his best hours, Riley gets a great nap without interruptions, and he gets a traditional preschool environment he missed from his two year old days at Discovery Isle.
|Ready for Pre-K!|
This also gives me a sneak peek at what to expect for kindergarten at the same school. Today I wrote checks for spirit t-shirts, PTA, the school's foundation, and brought in a bag of donation supplies for his classroom. It's only day two and suddenly public school doesn't seem less expensive. We are paying a tuition for him, but it is discounted because I will be volunteering two or three times a month. Mommy Nannette will watch Riley while I spend the afternoon with Jackson and his peers.
|"My day was awesome! We didn't do any work...just played. Ok, we did do some work." -- Jackson|
I already feel really comfortable in his classroom, as his teacher is very welcoming and organized. It took several months last year for us to feel this way...glad we made this move! Although, it seems that the Montessori curriculum is more advanced than the traditional preschool route. But, that's ok. He will be in school for the next 18+ years, right?
|Love this flag!|
|Part of his first homework assignment. Ha! Ha!|
|Riley visited today. She didn't want to leave Brother or his classroom.|
And it's already time to go pick him up. Three hours go by way too fast when you're dealing with school traffic and parking. Wish us luck this school year! I hope your school year is off to an awesome start!