In case you missed it, a few weeks ago I had a moment when I discovered that school registration for Junior Kindergarten was in February and I just got the last appointment for Sawyer (read more HERE). Luckily, it happened to be on my day off so I was able to get him a doctor’s appointment to update his vaccine record (a requirement for school) and I am happy to announce he is now registered for Junior Kindergarten (tear).
When we were there the speech pathologist recommended enrolling him in one of the city’s programs to give him some “practice” for school. Since he does not go to daycare and the only people who take care of him are mommy and daddy (with some help from the grandparents and auntie) he would benefit from being under the supervision of a non-family member. Plus, while he has lots of friends in the neighbourhood it is always good to have some time to interact with other children his own age.
Right away I started researching programs. It was tough because most of the programs are during the day during the week or weekend, which is out because it could only be during the day on my days off (which are Thursday and Friday). Then, it had to be something that did not require caregiver because I would have to care for the twins while he was in class. After much debate with Daddy we decided that the summer day camps looked great and since they run from 9-4 Daddy could drop him off and I could pick him up. It was tricky though because you have to be 4-5 years old which means Sawyer couldn’t sign up until August and there were only 8 spots per camp.
But this time I was ready. The day of enrollment I was sitting at my desk counting down until 7am when the phone lines opened. After frantically dialling for 10 minutes I got through! I was able to get him in my first choice, the first week of August. Whoo-hoo!
At the last-minute I also found a swim class that was offered Tuesday nights so I also tried to get him in that class since swimming lessons are always a great idea and our new townhouse actually has a large well maintained pool (shared by the townhouses). Unfortunately, the class had already been filled.
But I am very happy nonetheless. Not only will he get a chance to have great fun and make new friends, he will hopefully create good memories so that when school starts a month later he wont feel so traumatized by being left there all day (it’s full day kindergarten where I live). And to be honest, I have always wanted to be the mom who has her children in some sort of activity, but life has just never allowed it before so I feel really good about myself as a parent.
I also recently purchased a year membership to the Ontario Science Centre which I am very excited about. Lucky for us, it is only five minutes away from our house and they were having a promotion where you could get a year pass for the whole family for only $117. It’s great because we can go on my days off, and just stay for a couple of hours until the gang gets fussy. Better than just shopping at the mall, or going to Playland every day.
I don’t know if it’s because I am more aware because I just bought it or it is a fluke but lately Sawyer has been asking an increasing amount of more complex questions like “what happens to the recycling that’s different from the garbage” and I know the Science Centre has fun visual and interactive ways of answering these questions so I am so glad I decided to do it. We will probably go in a couple of weeks once March Break is over, so I will definitely post about it.
And now that I know more about all of the great city programs and I have an account set up I hope to get him into something else next session, and once he is in school all day maybe I can find something to enroll the twins in as well.
It feels really good to be on top of your game! 🙂