Yesterday was Leah’s first day of nursery school and it went very well even though this was the best photo I could get in front of the welcome balloons. A scary Tigger greeted everyone as they entered and Leah is not the biggest fan of people dressed up as characters. (I think a trip to Disney World is quite a few years off still)
We made our way over before 8am as I had asked for permission to arrive late at work so I could drop her off. This year she is in the green room and I am so excited because her teacher from her first year (as a 3 month old) is her teacher again this year. She also has two of her old assistants from that year too. One of them makes no qualms about the fact that she adores Leah. “Mi bella gorda” she calls her.
It is such a relief knowing that she is in really good hands and I don’t have to worry about whether or not her teacher will be attentive and communicative because I already know she is. So far we are three for three with teachers for Leah. I hope we stay on this streak the entire time she attends this nursery.
We had to take the stroller because we had to bring all of the school supplies. I have written about the quantity of school supplies in the past and this year it didn’t seem quite as daunting. I think it is because I finally understand what everything is and I know what places are going to have what items. I had to go to the supermarket, a school supplies/art store and the market to get everything and in the end it all added up to about 360 soles which is a bit more than 100 USD. It seems like a lot but once books are required the price doubles. My step son had to buy at least 300 soles worth of books this year.
I don’t remember spending any money on books for school when I was in high school but then again, I am pretty sure my parents paid a decent income/property tax that went towards school supplies. Correct me if I am wrong parents.
The cost of the nursery went up this year by 100 soles. It is an understandable increase and still doesn’t come close to what it costs to send a kid to a nursery anywhere in Barranco or Miraflores. I worked it out that it is 10 soles a day for food which is more than what a menu would cost for lunch but Leah also gets two snacks throughout the day. I am so incredibly grateful that I don’t have to worry about sending lunch either. That is a huge burden off my shoulders. (We all know how much of a meal planning master I am.)
It is surprising but it actually costs less to send my step-son to school on a monthly basis than to send Leah to school. But, then again, Gabriel doesn’t have lunch included in his monthly pension. He will be buying his lunches for around 10 soles a day as well so really it will be about the same.
Leah wasn’t exhausted today because she was picked up at 10:30 am by Mama Ynes but Gabriel was falling asleep at the dinner table because had a full day and is not used to getting up at 6:30 am. I don’t blame him one bit. I am not a morning person either.
I am hoping to get Leah’s bed time to around 7:30 or 8 pm this year. Right now she is getting to bed closer to 9 pm and it is exhausting because it doesn’t give Marco nor me very much time to get anything else done before hitting the hay. If I am not in bed by 10:30 pm I am a zombie the next day. Ideally I would be asleep by 10 pm but that doesn’t happen too often.
I think once Leah starts taking one hour naps at the nursery and is playing all day, getting her to bed earlier won’t be as difficult. Right now she sleeps from 2 to 4 pm. I love it because I get a nap in too but staying up later is the price we pay for it.
I am really excited about this school year both for my kids and for me and my students. The first day of school for my students was last Wednesday but I started yesterday with my classes. I can already tell that this year’s group of girls is much calmer than last year’s and the classes are smaller too so things shouldn´t get too crazy to handle…hopefully.
Happy 2017 Peruvian school year!