Why having triplets in the same preschool classroom would make life a little bit easier
We decided to have the girls' birthday party offsite this year. Weather in April is too unpredictable around here. It could be snowing. It could be sunny and 70 degrees. You just never know and now that they have school friends, I can't imagine packing 25 kids and their parents into our house. Plus, I would rather not have to deal with the cleaning before and the cleaning after.
Most schools have a little rule (whether it is written or not) that you shouldn't hand out party invitations through the school unless you are inviting everyone in the class and I think that this is a fair rule for younger kids. So if I had one kid (or all three of my kids in one classroom), I could write out 13 invitations and pack them in my kid's backpack along with a note asking the teacher to put one in each classmate's bag.
The party place allows for 25 kids plus the birthday kid. We have 3 birthday kids but the party place doesn't care because we are really only paying for one party. So now we are left with 23 open spots. We can go over the 25 kids (although I'm not sure by how much) but we have to pay extra for each kid over. Not a big deal but I'm sure that for safety reasons, they do not allow 40 kids in there.
Between the girls' cousins and family friends, there are six kids. That leaves our open slots for school friends at 17. Anna's friend R automatically gets one of those slots. We are down to 16.
The girls have an average of 13 classmates each. You don't need to be a math genius to calculate that 13 times 3 is 39. Unfortunately, I'm not inviting 39 additional children.
The girls are still in that "boys are yucky" phase (except that Allie claims to have a boyfriend) so I automatically cut them all from the list. See ya in 12 years, boys! There are about 20 girls between the 3 classrooms and I'm assuming that there will be some kids who can't attend. Because I'm not inviting everyone in their class, I am going to have to mail the invitations to each kid's house. And instead of writing those out, I'm sitting here typing this.
I am leaning more towards enrolling them in the same kindergarten class. Do you realize that I have to deal with three school birthday parties all on the same day?
Why having triplets in the same preschool classroom would not make life a little bit easier
We experienced our first lice incident last week. Allie arrived home with a sticker and told Grammy that she got it when the nurse-teacher checked her hair. Grammy asked why the nurse-teacher had checked her hair and Allie response was, "To see if it was healthy." At least they didn't scare the kids.
There was a note in her backpack stating that lice had been found in the classroom, yada, yada, yada. Allie checked out okay. Anna didn't have a note or a sticker (Em had stayed home sick that day) so it must have been an isolated incident.
I didn't freak out too much because I do have three girls with long hair in school. I'm not oblivious to the fact that lice happens. The clean up process would have been time consuming and frustrating. And I'm sure I would have been scratching my head.
It was a little bit ironic though because that very morning Allie had asked for some hugs while I was attempting to make myself presentable for work. I still had my bathrobe on and Allie told me that it made her head itchy. The thought of lice had popped into my head but she hadn't been scratching her head at all before that.
I asked Allie who had had their hair checked by the nurse. I was curious to see if they checked the boys' hair as well. Allie responded with, "Only two of us could go at a time because Ms. D only has two hands." I laughed and laughed.
And now that I have typed this all out, I realize that it probably doesn't matter if they are in the same classroom or not because if one of them picked it up at school, I'm sure it would spread to the others fairly quickly at home. Although having them in separate classrooms reduces the exposure if only one classroom has an incident.
And so I continue to weigh the benefits against the negatives of having the girls in separate classrooms.....