Friday, March 16, 2012

a change in the weather

this morning we rode over to visit the nursery and kindergarten where henry has been admitted. it's a little further than the others on our list, but only about a mile or so from where we're currently living. both guys seemed to love it. william found the first kindergarten room and stayed there while we toured the rest of the place. the director was friendly and welcoming and even decided before the end of the visit, in consultation with the kindergarten teacher, that she would call the pladsanvisning to see if they could get william in as soon as possible. the nursery and kindergarten are divided by age-- 0-3ish and 3ish-6ish, but the kids seem to be able to wander throughout the entire school, so our guys could visit with one another if they wanted to. they open at 6:40, provide breakfast for those kids who arrive before 7:30 (meals are økologisk she told me. the word i'm always looking for in the grocery store-- organic). otherwise, they can arrive anytime before 9 (or after 9:30 if it's going to be later than 9). they have a snack at 9. lunch at 11. the little ones nap (outside in prams) at noon. an afternoon snack, and then, because it's denmark, kids start leaving around 3 or 4 o'clock. they can stay until 5:20. all food is provided. diapers are provided. from february through april the kommune (county) provides a bus for them everyday which they share with three other schools to take small groups of children on field trips. yesterday, a small group of kids william's age went to københavn (copenhagen). wow! and this is all included in the low fees. there is no fundraising. no fees for supplies. denmark's child care set-up and work-life balance make it simple and cost-effective for both parents to work-- it's true! leaving there made me think, "i can see us not wanting to leave when three years is up." it probably didn't hurt that it was a sunnier, warmer day than it was yesterday.

after greg went to work and we had lunch and played, we went on a walk to explore some areas of our neighborhood we hadn't yet seen. the goal was to find a new playground.


burley ride.
eck!

which led us to...

a new park.

from there, on a dirt path through the woods...


to a clearing carpeted with flowers...


and a little boy planted down...

and a tree cutter...

sawing down trees to build a house like they did in "laura and mary" because "construction workers weren't alive back then."

which all eventually led us to the fjord...






and back home, to greg, already home and starting dinner.

a good day.

2 comments:

kat said...

Great talking with you today! These pictures are beautiful, thanks for illustrating your wonderful narratives. We had dinner in the courtyard tonight...we missed you all!

greg|regan said...

Hey Kat,

It was great fun talking with you guys as well. Ah, dinner in the courtyard-- sounds lovely! Greg suggested we eat outside one night this week, but it was still winter hat weather-- you had to keep moving for it to feel warm-ish.