Wish Me Luck Girls

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Nerdy Girl - February 18

Tomorrow morning is preschool registration in my town, and people line up in the middle of the night because it is "first come first served." DH took off work tomorrow to camp out over night at the park district but he got the stomach flu. So lucky me - I will be sitting outside tonight in line to get my 4 year old into preschool. Yes, she is already is preschool there but it doesn't matter because you have to re-register every year. At least it's supposed to be 11 degrees overnight and not negative numbers!


sahmof3 - February 18

OMG! That's crazy! Good luck!


Lisastar9 - February 18

crazy things parents do to get their little one in preschool. AHHH something I would never do. Good luck report back to us tomorrow. Bring some hot chocolate to drink.


cae - February 18

Wow, so what time are you plainning to camp? Chicago...brrr...... Hope it goes fast for you. Stay warm. Good luck.


SonyaM - February 18

That is funny! I just registered my 16 month old for "preschool" for next year. He will be 23 months exactly the day school starts and will only go 2 x weeklly from 9-2:30. I'm so nervous!!! Luckily though since my oldest son already goes to school there I got to register Mason during in-house registration. Thank GOODNESS becase lines form early and get a little crazy so I've heard. GOOD LUCK and stay warm.


Nerdy Girl - February 18

I am going to bed within the next hour, and will set the alarm for 1:45am. I plan to just roll out of bed and go get in line. I mean, I will put on about 10 layers of clothes first and then go get in line. I thought about the hot chocolate, and then thought about how there will not be any place to pee. Eleven degrees is still a bit too cold to drop drawers and squat outside, you know? The line will be outdoors until the fitness center opens at 5:30am. That is when they start handing out numbers for preschool registration, and then you have to come back at 9am to actually register. What a PITA.


Nerdy Girl - February 19

I am back from part 1 of preschool registration. I got there at 2am and was #8 in line, and by 3am there were enough people in line to fill the highly-desired four morning a week 4-year-old preschool cla__s. By 5am, there were about 40 people in line. Now I just have to take my #8 back to actually register at 9am.


Lisastar9 - February 19

Good thing ypou went early OMG you parents are nuts,and just think you have another kid coming up the rear which will need to same thing done in order to get into preschool.lol


Kara H. - February 19

We have a waiting list at the preschools here. It can run anywhere from 6 months to 18 months long. So if you put your child on it too soon, they may not be old enough to go when their name comes up - if you do it too late you miss getting them into the first year and have to go to one of the sub-par run off schools. Our best preshools are actually church sponsored ones in affluent neighborhoods. Two of the teachers that work at the best one come into the salon I work at. Even though Max is only 7 months old, I have already started b___tering them up. If I see that they are coming in, I make my famous cookies that day to work. Or if I run out to get myself a coffee, I bring back their favorite coffee house drink for them. I'm hoping that it may help us get some inside info as to when to get on the list.


Momof5 - February 19

aww, you are such a great Mommy!!! good luck and stay warm!


sahmof3 - February 19

Is there a preschool shortage in these areas or what? I've never heard of anyone around here having to do anything like that!! I sent my son to a preschool through our community center... the teachers there work with our school district to establish a pre-K curriculum. I liked it and it was VERY reasonably priced. Are these types of preschool not available other places or are these the sub-par places LOL.


Nerdy Girl - February 19

The preschool I camped out overnight for is the one offered thru our park district, so probably similar to your community center. They just have a really c___ppy way of handling registration, I guess.


Kara H. - February 19

The only ones sponsored thru the city are for low income or developmentally delayed children. There are also several Montisourri (sp) schools but they are way expensive. They aren't too hard to get into since not everyone can afford them. That would be my Plan B if we don't get Max into the Westminster preschool. I'll just have to give up my frappachinos, premium cable and going out to eat to pay for the Montisourri.


Nerdy Girl - February 19

We have montesori here too, but this program is the normal preschool that feeds into the public school kindergarten. It's not for low income or developmentally delayed. And it's not free. It's almost $1500 per year for 4 mornings a week, 2.5 hours per day. I don't think the tuition is high, I think it's pretty reasonable actually. My dd is in the 3 year old program currently and loves it. Her teacher is wonderful and is severely underpaid for what she does.


sophiasmom - February 19

Wow, Nerdy Girl, what a great mom you are... It is the first time that I heard such a thing of people linnning up in the middle of the night because of a preschool...my son is 3yrs and he goes to a private preschool, we pay $1,100/month... He is the advanced cla__s but in the kindergarten that he is going to go it is extremely compet_tive and they recomended this preschool for our lol to get ready....


CyndiG - February 19

$1,100 per month???? WOW! You could be paying for college! I would skip preschool and go straight for Harvard! LOL!!


sahmof3 - February 19

NG... yeah, that sounds like ours, but w/out the long line. We are very lucky!!!! I'm not telling anyone about our preschool now LOL. We are pretty rural, so maybe that's why. Also a lot of people send their kids to their church's preschools... they are open to anyone, but I don't know anyone around here who sends their LOs to preschools of churches that they don't belong to. Anyway, they changed the program for our preschool since Nathan went. It used to be for 3s, 4s and 5s, but the 3s and younger 4s had the opposite schedule as the older 4s and 5s so they weren't together, but now they are going to have everyone together and the 3yos will only be able to go 2 mornings a week. I was going to enroll Leah, but now I think I'll wait until next year. The price sounds about like ours, too. These other ones.... compet_tive preschools, compet_tive kindergarten... wow! What a lot of pressure for LOs!!! Is this for them to get into a prestigious college?



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