Still swimming in boxes around here, I don't have a lot of time for much else besides unpacking. However, one of the things that has really been plaguing my mind since we arrived is getting my girls registered for school.
Our oldest two children are school age. A. will be in 1st grade next year and M. will be in Kindergarten. As with all public schools, we are "zoned" to go to one specific school in the county we live in. Let me mention here that where we live isn't very big and there are only 2 Elementary schools in the whole county. The angst with this comes in with this......we are zoned for one school and it seems that everyone I talk with have their children at the other school -- whether they are "zoned" for it or not.
Everyone has their reasons. The school we are zoned for has "pods" and one lady didn't like the pods so she takes her children to the other school.
One lady said that there was a lot of anxiety for one of her children at the school we are "zoned" to go to because this particular school hasn't met their expected growth in a while and the teachers seem to pressured to "make the grade". And since her 2nd grader was coming home stressing over tests she switched her kids to the other school.
Lots of people would look at these things and say it is a no brainer -switch schools. But here is the thing for me.
First - I am a typical first born rule follower. It causes me great anxiety to think I am breaking the rules.
Second - pods don't really bother me right now. IF it ever comes to the point where my kids performance is affected by the extra noise around them, then I would do something to change things. For now though, I think that kids adapt and it won't be a problem.
Third - as a former teacher myself, I know that anxiety about tests comes from teacher anxiety about these sorts of things. If the teacher makes an issue of the tests and "making the grade" then the students become stressed about it too. Don't get me wrong - I want my girls to be concerned about their grades in school but I don't want it to be crippling to them in anyway. I taught exceptional children and I truly believe that the education is much more important than making a perfect grade on something.
However, my struggle is this. I want to do what is best for my kids. I don't know teacher's here and I can't choose which classes they should be in to start off with. I feel like I am going in blind and having to make decisions.
We plan on visiting both schools but from there I'm not sure what to do. I also feel the need to get us registered somewhere so that this can be one thing checked off my "to- do list". Which seems huge to me right now knowing that I am due to have a baby in less than 9 weeks.
Another thing on my "to - do list" is figure out what L., my 3 year old, will do since we moved. Before we knew we were moving I had registered her for a 2 morning a week preschool program that was on a school bus and she was sooooo excited about it. Where we are now, they do not have such a program. There are two preschool programs near here with waiting lists which we are on. There is also a private, Christian school that is starting a pre- k class for 3/4 year olds, and as a bonus it meets at our church. The down side? It is rather expensive since it is a private school. L. really wants to go to school next year and I really want her to get to go somewhere so that she gets the social experience of being with other kids and for the learning experience, too. The anxiety in this decision comes with figuring out if we can afford it or not.
These two things are causing me lots of extra concern and worry right now.
If you are still reading this after all of that, thanks for reading my rant.
On a lighter note, our first day at our new church went well I think. Hubs had a great sermon and it seemed well received. There was a reception held after church in our honor and we met lots of new folks who I hope will be patient as we learn all of their names. I don't think any of them know of my blog yet but just in case hear my plea ..........have mercy on me. I'm bad with names anyway and add being pregnant in there and it's just a mess. The community we have joined here is beautiful. I will try later in the week to take a picture out of my living room window. The view really is breath taking!
If you've got any advice for me about the school anxiety, I would LOVE to hear it!