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The Leap School

So, I justed wanted to follow up with my experience at the Leap School....and start by saying thanks for all the helpful feedback Jen & Julie.

Perhaps I should start by stating my goal...Emma has so enjoyed the Isis classes---specifically the opportunity to interact with same age children and the activities (which are different from the ones at home). I was looking for a twice-a-week program which would continue to offer her those things.

The Leap School was not as clean as I had hoped, although again I haven't seen anything to compare it to (other then my house). Some of the teachers I took to, others I did not (and I appreciate I don't get to choose). I thought the structure of the day and the amount of time there was fine....but I had a hard time imagining Emma away from me :(. Your were right in that some of the space was not real warm and inviting Julie. I think what I would ideally like is a couple of kids at my house with a teacher and an assistant :)))). They answered all of our questions fine and I am sure it is a fine place...maybe I'm just not ready.

On the other hand I am finding it difficult to find inexpensive or free activities for Emma's age (especially ones where I can incorporate Michael). I'll keep looking...thanks for the suggestions Jen.

Take care,
Erin

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jenn_cady
Dec. 9th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Erin have you thought about a cooperative program? It might be a nice transition for Emma - not as drastic as a traditional drop off program. It enables you to be involved and usually costs a bit less. There's one in your area (you may have already checked out) that looks pretty good and has been around a long time (always a positive sign about the integrity of the program)- Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School. It's in Winchester Center. Just an idea!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
hi jenn, do you know of any good cooperative programs in my area? :)
jenn_cady
Dec. 10th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Hi Julie (I think? Did you forget to log in before posting?)

I've pasted below a post I did the other night, but the last strand was so long, I don't think you saw it. In addition to the places I suggested, you might also check out Oxford St. Cooperative (your old neighborhood!). They're Harvard affiliated, but open to the general public as well - I know a couple of people who have raved about it! Here's the other post I did:

Some other programs you both might be interested in that have excellent reputations and have been around for a while are
Lesley Ellis in Arlington & Rogers-Pierce Children's Center in Arlington. I think Cambridge may be too far for you Erin, but Julie you may also want to check out (if you haven't already): Garden Nursery School (a cooperative which you might love!), Children's Village, Cambridge Friends School and Cambridge Ellis (one of my favorites). Some of these are strictly early childhood programs that end at age 5 while a couple go through elementary school. Keep me posted!
juliethan
Dec. 10th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
thanks jenn!!!
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