In my previous post, I mentioned that we were considering enrolling our son in the Preschool Club at our local recreation centre. Well, we took the plunge and started on Tuesday! We enrolled in the 3-month unlimited playschool activities program. This gives us access to unlimited playschool activities/classes for 3 months, as well as the daycare which runs from 9.00am to 11.30am.
He absolutely enjoyed his first day there. He did some swimming pool play time, gym and tumbling and stories. I also dropped him off at the daycare for 30 minutes to see how he would fare. Again, he had so much fun. One of the daycare workers commented that he was “quite chatty!” Lol. He was really excited to be out and interacting with kids his age.
Anyway, we are back here again today for our second day. Each of the preschool activities is 30 minutes long. So, I get 30-minute breaks to work and relax at the community centre. If I want a longer break, I could drop him off at the daycare (in the same building), like I just did from 10.30am to 11.30am.
Parents and/or caregivers are required to stay on the premises though as it is an unlicensed daycare. So far, so good. We will definitely come here for as long as we live in the area.
We have a 30-minute break till his next activity, which he is killing by playing in the general area while I work on this blog post. Then, it will be off to play with clay for him, and I get a further 30 minutes to work.
Our plan is to do 2 days of preschool activities a week, while still continuing with our homeschool curriculum. We will see how it goes, but we expect this to be fine. Since a lot of the playschool activities involve arts and crafts, science and play, we can focus on Math, reading and writing at home. At least, that is the plan for now.
In terms of my routine, the only change will be to Tuesdays and Thursdays when I can start “work” earlier in the day, once I drop him off at preschool. I will update that post soon to reflect this change.
Update: We got our PR cards on October 30!!! Excited much! It took exactly 2 months from the day we landed. A number of people told us to take new passport photographs as soon as we landed in Canada. This is because some people had been asked by IRCC to resubmit their passport photographs which had then caused delays in receiving their PR cards.
My understanding is that IRCC is sometimes unable to transfer the passport photographs submitted earlier (with the PR application) on to the PR card due to poor picture quality. So to avoid this, most people just retake their passport photographs and mail them to IRCC once they land.
I must admit, I was quite worried about this, especially as we had decided not to retake our pictures but wait for IRCC to send us some communication in this regard. Thank God, ours were deemed okay.
That’s all for now guys. Thank you for all your comments and for stopping by.
Till next time,