Yesterday, Mr. Janine and I decided to send our kids to a Montessori school and I am freaking out a little. (But in a good way.)
The boys are in daycare right now, which is open 6:30 am - 6:30 pm and has fairly relaxed views on attendance and clothing. We've been considering Montessori for a long while, but the need for Son #2 to be potty-trained held us back. Well...Son #2 just decided that going on the potty wasn't so bad. And there's a lot of change going on at daycare anyway. And we just so happened to find a school that both parents agreed on. So we're doing it. Some lifestyle and routine changes will need to happen almost immediately because school starts next week, and that's where I could use some advice.
1. I need to buy some boring clothes for the kids to wear. Their school dress code suggests garments without characters or designs on them, which I personally prefer but are hard to find. Unless you look in the "School Uniform" section of the store/website, as I discovered today. Nice! Lots of sales are going on now, too. I'd love to know your favorite places to shop for school clothes for little boys.
2. I will have to start packing school lunches. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me. I am so excited about packing adorable little foods for them to completely ignore. I've been cruising Pinterest for ideas, and I'm already a big fan of bento so I have some cute containers, but I'd love to hear more ideas about packing healthy lunches for tots. (They get to use a microwave if I send something that would benefit from heating < 60 seconds! Man, I dig this Montessori philosophy.)
3. We're going to have to get out the door much faster than we do right now. School starts at 8. We have been rolling into daycare at 9. And the Montessori school doesn't serve breakfast like daycare does. I could use some ideas for on-the-go breakfasts that don't rely too heavily on Pop Tarts. I don't mind the occasional Pop Tart, or packaged granola bars, but I would like to base most of our speedy breakfasts on better-quality foods.
4. And speaking of getting out of bed earlier, we're going to have to go to bed earlier, too. Son #1 is a dedicated night owl. Do you know of any ways to get a 3-year-old to fall asleep before 10pm? Sigh.
All of the sudden, 2 years sooner than expected, we're tied to the academic calendar. It's exciting but a little scary, too. Thanks for any advice you care to share!