Having two kids preschool age in Superior, Colorado is not cheap.
The preschool we sent McKay to last year was 8 hours/week for $320/month and there was simply no way we could afford to send both kids this year. For months, we've been trying to find a solution and I dare say we found the best fit.
We've joined Lifetime Fitness and for $160/month the kids can attend classes specific for their age for up to 12/hours week. That's right, both kids will be in a preschool of sorts for longer than McKay was for half the price. Not to mention I now get to attend group fitness classes! But poor Rich, is not on the membership-- he'll simply come as our guest every 30 days :)
And this Lifetime is legit.
It's the Onyx club, which is the highest level of Lifetimes, it just went under an $11 million renovation and they have Kids Academy which is what sold us. They have your typical child watch, but then from 9:30-11:30am and 5:30-7:30pm there are 45 minutes classes specific for ages 3-6. These classes include school skills, tumbling, ballet, Spanish, arts + crafts, music, ninja warrior, yoga and sports skills. How perfect is that?!
Being at the same place each day from 9:30-11:30 is going to require some adjustment to our typically routine, but I've had to accept that the kids are getting older and with that comes more structure and schedules. If the kids were enrolled in any other preschool they'd have to be at the same place each week as well.
And to completely make sure McKay will be ready for kindergarten next year and to give Macey a good foundation, I've spent the past two weeks doing school with the kids at home which I plan to continue all year. Our lessons happen first thing in the morning after breakfast, getting dressed, plus a chore and they last about an hour at the kitchen table. We go over a letter and it's sounds and spend time writing + recognizing it in workbooks. Then we work on letters and counting and typically a fine motor skill like cutting with scissors, making necklaces, lacing, playdoh etc. And honestly, it's been awesome. I've always been nervous of teaching my children educational basics but looking back, I'm not sure why. The kids love learning with me. They've replaced their typical "what are we doing today" question with "can we do school with you" and those words alone are encouragement to keep it up.
Sure our preschool experience isn't exactly traditional, but I'm confident it's going to be a great year!
Pre-K for McKay
Preschool for Macey