Last week I wrote a whole post about the kids going to school and the changes taking place for them in September. The visit we had was great and felt good, things seemed to be going so well…all feeling so right and natural, everything was coming together. But do you ever have moments in your life when things are going along swimmingly…you make plans, set the ball in motion and it feels good for a while and then something just doesn’t feel right? You can’t always explain it to people but there’s something in your gut that is making you question it?
This has been me recently with my little Megsie and the decision we made to send her to the school nursery with E.
After a lot of back and forth questioning and to be honest feeling quite anxious in myself too, I realised that the problem was that I wasn’t truly happy or comfortable with the choice we had made to move her to the schools nursery. I realised that I wanted to stay true to what I had originally felt to be right and keep her in Montessori education until she is old enough for “big school” – I never even wanted my kids in nursery because I don’t work in a job that requires them to be and I didn’t see the point in them being there when I was at home. We have a busy life with lots of adventures and felt at this age I was giving them a good natural education in the world around them. I did however, when I learn’t of Montessori feel good about them being in a Montessori setting a couple of days a week as it was a natural approach and followed the child’s strengths and interests and helped them with life skills and the world around them as oppose to other things. It complemented what I believed was good for kids of this age and so after finding one by chance we enrolled them and we have never looked back on that choice.
I dropped them an email on Wednesday and asked if we could stay, if they still had a space for Megs in September – and to my joy they did! YAAAYYY! As soon as the email was sent my anxieties left, a weight was lifted and I haven’t thought about it since (except to write this!).
What has been even more eye opening is that after telling Megs the new plan she fist punched the air and said “yaaaayyyy I get to see my fwends and wabbits and chickens still” – the next day she was amazingly well behaved and went 2 days with no accidents (though i’m not 100% sure if that was this or the Tink outfit I bought her as an incentive – maybe a bit of both?). I
couldn’t be happier for her. Yes its a faff to get them both 2 days a week to different schools but I will make the sacrifice because it is what we want and what obviously is a better choice for Megan. I am so happy we have another year with Montessori’s approach, lovely people and a beautiful school…WHOOP!