Saturday, April 7, 2012
On My Soapbox: Preschool!
I know that the intent of this blog is not for you to be giving me advice, but if the spacing of children takes up 12% of my brain power (which my husband jokes goes down about 11% with the birth of each child), then this debate takes up about another 15%. (Quick! Who can tell me where that puts me in terms of available brain space?!) In other words, I need help.
First of all, I'm a former public educator. I believe in school. I believe in kids learning from adults who aren't their family members. I believe (and have experienced first hand) that adults who aren't kids parents can stretch them and get more out of them than parents can.
Having said all that, shortly after I moved to the east coast, my second child turned 3. She has an early birthday which means that she won't start Kindergarten until the fall of 2014. So I was thinking that I would send her to two years of preschool like I did my first child. That would mean that she would start preschool this coming fall.
But out here, things are different. EVERYONE asks me where she goes to preschool. And EVERYONE sends their 2 year-olds to preschool.
TO THE TUNE OF:
$300 to $400/per month
That's a lot of dough.
So would you opt to send your child for two years or just one? And if you tell me that I could do a rotating preschool with some other moms for next year, let me tell you, that I DON'T KNOW ANY MOMS. I'll be moving into the ward about a month before I need to start preschool, and who knows the make up of the ward?
Did I also mention that my 3 year-old REALLY needs to get out of this house, every now and again? I really do think that a school experience would be really good for her.
IS IT WORTH IT???