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Back-to-School Spurs a Number of Emotions

While big kids head off to school this week, are there going to be ways to keep the littler ones busy?

It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeear!

I’m not talking about Christmas folks — it is back to school time!

You can feel all of the excitement and nervousness the new school year brings and the sigh of relief — maybe? — that most parents are feeling.

I never understood why parents and nannies were so excited for school to start, but this summer has been a busy one. While it is nice to have the kids home, do fun day trips and special summer snacks, it is going to be even nicer to get into a routine again.

The oldest boy I watch is starting full-day 1st grade on Wednesday and the younger one is starting half-day kindergarten on Thursday. They both suddenly seem so big! They both have their backpacks packed and are so excited to see their school friends again.

When is good age to sign younger children (as young as one-and-a-half) for classes? I would love to get my son into tumbling or another activity that would get him interacting with children his own age — while getting him tired out. We tried swimming, and he loved it, but we would always leave with blue lips because the water and air were a tad on the chilly side.

My son loves to do art projects, but the youngest age for those classes seems to be two — so we will have to wait a bit longer to sign him up.

I wish our little town had a few more activities for younger kids and also that they were a little easier to find. A long search on the internet only lead me to find information about classes offered in Grafton and Mequon.

When the boys I watch were my son’s age, they were in music class, gymnastics and a play class. I feel, maybe just out of habit, that I need to have him in so many activities. Let’s be serious, he is perfectly content playing with his thermometer and throwing balls at our dogs. But he has very little interaction with kids his own age.

The offers a few different reading and play classes for children as young as six months, with their toddler story time starting on Sept. 13. We went to toddler story time a few times in the spring and Declan loved it. The teacher is fabulous and the kids really seem to like her. She has a way when she is reading the story that keeps the little one interested and it holds their attention just long enough. In addition to stories, there are songs and free play.

It will be nice for Declan to have his own time again; during the summer on the days I work, we have an early start so we keep out of bed and go to work. Now, we don’t have to be there until lunchtime so it will be great to be able to hang out in the morning and not have to rush out the door.

I am not sure how I will feel when my son finally goes off to school — but I am sure that I will be proud and that there will be tears shed — probably just from me!

Sarah Hutchison August 31, 2011 at 08:42 PM
I sent Chloe to Mother's Day Out 1 day a week (at first) at 3, then amped it up when she really enjoyed it to 2 days a week! They have so much fun, it's good for them to get away from you, enjoy other children! They learn so many different things when they aren't with you, but the fun part is when they come home and tell you all about it!
Lyssa Beyer September 02, 2011 at 12:59 AM
That's a cute name — Mother's Day Out ... where is that located?
Maggie Wright September 02, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Texas. LOL

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