Alyssa completed her first week at her new school, Primrose School of Bee Cave. I'm not very excited that her other school closed and that I had to scramble to find a new one in under a week.
I'm not thrilled with the lack of choices in the Bee Cave TX area for child care. In the immediate area, there are two daycares plus three Montessori schools. One daycare is for ages 2 1/2 and up, so that was eliminated easily. Plus, when I was in there last year to check them out, there was one teacher for about 30 kids at the moment as she said she was waiting for the other teacher... 2 teachers for 30 kids still didn't seem good.
One Montessori school closes at 3:30pm and is only opened Monday through Thursday. That does not work. The other two are full time, but you have to bring lunch each day for the kids at one of them and I prefer the hot lunch option until she's in "real" school. The other one was in a very "rustic" building, meaning old, and that wasn't very appealing.
With the process of elimination, that left me with Primrose. When I first interviewed them last year, I was not impressed at all. As a matter of fact, I was disgusted with the entire visit. As I mentioned, I don't have many choices, so I had to look at the school again, with an open mind. I'll admit, the presentation was a heck of a lot better, but they also knew lots of parents were coming over to tour. They could have cleaned up. The front desk and Director people are all fairly new, so they weren't part of last year's bad experience.
I would never leave my child in a bad situation or environment, so don't get me wrong. This place is definitely up to standards... but it's not like the old school. There are no cameras so I can't watch her when I have a free moment. There is no splash pad area for the summer time for the kids to run around in the water. There is no cafeteria area or gym for the kids to run around and stretch their legs and get a change of scenery from their classroom. There aren't all her old friends as they've all been scattered around the area because of availability to place all the kids.
Just another change she'll have to get used to. I know I changed schools a lot growing up, and I was hoping to prevent that with my daughter, but she's barely two and she's starting her third school already!!
She seemed to have fun as she was always happy when I picked her up. Dropping her off was an issue three of the five days. Their potties are much bigger than her old school so she's afraid of them and the potty training took a dive... She's tough, and I'm sure next week will be much better!!
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